I used the little Fujifilm X10 to take the pictures, and brought them into Lightroom for pre-processing. I then moved JPEGs of the resultant images to my iPad mini, where I processed the images using either Repix (only to add frames) or the iOS version of Snapseed (to add a black-and-white HDR effect or frames). For some reason, it didn't really occur to me to move the images directly from the camera to the iPad using either the Eye-Fi card or the direct cable import -- not sure what I was thinking...
I mentioned earlier that I also shot some sunrise pictures with the Fujifilm X10 this morning, and that I'd post something "later." It's later. This is from a raw file. For those interested, ISO 400 (should have been 100, but I screwed up), f/5.0 (should have been f/11, the Fuji's smallest aperture, but I screwed up), 1/1500 second, and the lens was set at 18mm. I was shooting aperture priority with an exposure compensation of -1. Overall, not bad. I did mess around with this in Lightroom for the raw conversion, and I know it's a little greenish, but going any bluer just doesn't look right either.
Anyway, the point of the picture was to see how the little Fuji would handle the situation, and I'd say it really didn't suck. The sun was not completely blown out, and there's still detail in the shadow areas that was quite usable. And with a little more time tweaking the color, I could probably get it right. I'm very impressed. Pixel peeping shows that the image is quite sharply focused. And there was much less muss-and-fuss as compared to getting shots with the Sony SLT-A35. Granted, the Sony shots were probably a bit better -- more dynamic range in the Sony images. Maybe tomorrow, if there's time, I'll see if I have a better image to start with from the Fuji.
For post processing, I used just Lightroom 5.2. I used the healing tool to make an ugly smoke detector go away, thena ll of colors except for red were desaturated. After that, I used a circular graduated filter around the clock, and completely desaturated rest of the image. I used a little bit of sharpening overall to accentuate the Fujifilm's awesome Velvia-like grain.
Along the same route as my Morning Mist, but this time in the afternoon, as I was going to pick Donna up from work. Taken with the Fujifilm X10 through the car window, since there's really no place to pull over and park near this location along Garrison Forest Road, and processed first with the in-camera raw conversion too, and then with Lightroom 5.2. I know it looks a little out-of-kilter, but I know the camera was level -- the X10 has a level that can display on the LCD while composing the image, and I keep it turned on!
I tried to make this picture this morning, but the light was all wrong. There was no definition anywhere, and all I got was a image full of mush. The early autumn afternoon light was the key ingredient! Yes, it really is all about the light!
Morning Mist in the Worthington Valley
My car is in the shop today, so I again got to take a ride through the Worthington Valley area after I dropped Donna off at work. This particular spot is hard to photograph without getting modern houses in the scene. This morning, however, the fog and mist hovering over the pond worked to mask the houses. I stopped along the road and walked back to the best vantage point for these shots.