Flowers with the X-E1 and XF 55-200mm

Discussion in 'Nature' started by entropic remnants, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants Solving for X

    Jul 28, 2013
    I took the X-E1 and the 55-200mm out for a run at Longwood Gardens and got these. I needed some more time with the lens before I use it at a wedding and I did some other shots there to test things but most of them aren't attractive, lol.

    Really think this lens is a winner -- and has the reach and close focus I need for this. Very few of these have any cropping for anything but presentation -- the lens gets in close enough for nice flower shots.

    I think the bokeh on this lens and camera are great also. This combo feels image-wise a lot like my D7000 and 70-200mm VR II did -- only it is way WAY lighter, lol.

    Spiky Red by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

    Pink! by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

    Water World by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

    Fire in the Sky by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

    Black-and-White Beauties by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

    Bathing Beauty by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr
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  2. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 FujiXspot Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    Central-ish NJ
    John - beautiful, beautiful set of photos. The sharpness of this lens is amazing, and the way the colors are rendered very well. Nice work on the BW conversion, BTW. You clearly are not missing mu-43!
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  3. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants Solving for X

    Jul 28, 2013
    Not entirely true, lol -- I wish the Fuji's had the touch screen focus point selection of the micro four thirds, lol. Image-wise though, I do like the Fuji better I have to admit.

    Thanks for the comment on the photos!!!
  4. juangrande

    juangrande FujiXspot Regular

    Wow! That third one and last one are something! What were the settings and PP?
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  5. OdzBodkinz

    OdzBodkinz FujiXspot Veteran

    Feb 17, 2013
    Excellent set. I used my 55-200 for some florals this weekend too.
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  6. flash

    flash FujiXspot Regular

    Mar 15, 2013
    Great shots John. I got mine today. Looking forward to putting it through its paces.

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  7. pniev

    pniev FujiXspot Veteran

    May 13, 2013
    John, you make me want this lens sooner rather than later. Beautiful photos.
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  8. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants Solving for X

    Jul 28, 2013
    First off, thanks all.

    As far as camera settings, click through those to flickr and have a look at the EXIF data -- it's all there.

    These were my first real foray into RAW shooting with the Fuji in preparation for a wedding I'm shooting in two weeks. I'll shoot that RAW plus monochrome JPG's (the bride wants black and white) to ensure I get what I need. Where the b/w JPG's look good, that is minimal post for me but if I have a problem or need a color shot I'll have the RAW.

    With that in mind, the PP on these was pretty much to get a rather flat look with everything inside the histogram boundaries, and do any pre-sharpening (very little needed) -- and then feed the resulting shot to DXO Film Pack 3 where I generally selected either Ektachrome, Velvia, or FP 100C slide film treatments. I don't remember off the top of my head which I used for which -- it's not scientific, just trying a treatment and saying "Yeah, that's it!" or "Meh", lol.

    The monochrome was done entirely inside of Lightroom without a plug in. There was some brush work to get things where I wanted them which was somewhat high-key but with some "solidity" in the stems and what not.

    Sorry I can't be more specific but my approach isn't formulaic enough to just give you a recipe. There's general stuff I do but then just tweak until it fits what I imagine it should look like.
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  9. Hyubie

    Hyubie FujiXspot Veteran

    Feb 4, 2013
    Weymouth, MA
    Beautiful. :eek:mg:
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  10. jloden

    jloden FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Mar 9, 2013
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Gorgeous! I really like #2 "Pink!" and the "Bathing Beauty" in the last one. Really nice light, color, and detail for both of those! You can see so much texture and delicacy in the petals along with all that vibrant color.
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  11. Gary

    Gary FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Feb 15, 2013
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  12. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants Solving for X

    Jul 28, 2013
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