Shiny

July 23rd, 2014

We visited a fine Berkshire hotel at the weekend, and I did like this natty little Lagonda in the car park…

Vintage Lagonda

Post-processing RAW for Fujifilm cameras

June 7th, 2014

One thing for which the Fujifilm cameras (such as my beloved X-Pro1) are known is their impressive on-board JPEG converter, which can produce sufficiently yummy images that many people who would otherwise shoot RAW just stick to JPEG with these devices.

I, however, want to stick with RAW, and I found that getting the best out of it takes rather more initial tweaking with the Fuji cameras than it did, say, with my Canon. I eventually settled on a small boost to the saturation (+13), and quite a large amount of sharpening (+60), and saved that as a Lightroom preset which I now apply as I import any images coming from the X-Pro1.

However, the biggest improvement came, I think, when Adobe Camera Raw (the engine behind Lightroom & Photoshop imports) was upgraded a couple of months ago. One of the easy-to-miss features was the inclusion of Fujifilm camera profiles which mimic the film emulation modes found in the camera. Even when I had upgraded and knew it was there, it was still a little tricky to find, but it’s under the Camera Calibration section of the Develop module:

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I’ve found that experimenting with these profiles, and particularly using the VELVIA emulation while reducing my previous saturation setting a little, can bring much more richness to the colours.

Decline and Fall

May 21st, 2014

We visited the Roman fort at Hardknott Pass yesterday: a favourite spot of mine.

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However, this chap looked at me as if to say, “Romans? Ha! They came and went, but the sheep live on!”

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Sign of the times

May 19th, 2014

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A warning on a steep and narrow road heading out of Grasmere.

Where the roads aren’t made for cars

April 20th, 2014

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In the countryside around Newsells Park Stud, everything is tailored to equine comfort and happiness.

Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside

April 5th, 2014

We visited Southwold for the first time today. A lovely spot.

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It’s particularly good when the weather is fine before the high season begins because (a) it’s not too crowded and (b) dogs are allowed on the beach!

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