Nice afternoon in the countryside with the X-Pro1

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Stephen S, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. Stephen S

    Stephen S FujiXspot Veteran

    Feb 14, 2014
    East Bay, Northern California
    Stephen Scharf
    Sent my X-T1 back to Fuji for the flare effect recall yesterday, so I got out in the countryside with the X-Pro1 today as we had some nice clouds and green hills (which don't last long in northern California).

    It was quite a nice afternoon, and it felt great to get out, and do a little hiking and photography.

    Norris Canyon Road, fairly close to where I live.


    Pond near Morgan Territory Road Recreational Park staging area...mountain lion country!

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  2. Stephen S

    Stephen S FujiXspot Veteran

    Feb 14, 2014
    East Bay, Northern California
    Stephen Scharf
    Here's a comparison of one of the shots from yesterday, taken with the 14mm, 1) converted with Iridient Developer 2.3.4 to a TIFF, then subtle tweaks applied in LR 5.3, and 2) conversion done with Capture One 7.2.1.



    (Note: I was able to correct the keystoning of the 14mm lens in C1, but not in LR in the first photo; this is why the crops are slightly different.

    As good as Iridient Developer is (and it's very good), Capture One 7.2.1 still does the best job of RAW conversion, IMHO.
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  3. SnapDawg

    SnapDawg FujiXspot Veteran

    Dec 30, 2013
    behind an [X°]
    I like the first three shots a lot, Stephen; what a lovely landscape. Regarding the conversion differences they're pretty obvious, it even shows in the thumbnails, the histograms and some straight BW conversions (see below).

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    The white balance seems about identical even though you can see some local hue shifts, especially in the green areas but also on the barn on the right - cyan > ultramarine / green > yellow (even on the sub-standard screen of my tablet PC). My own XP1 usually errs on the bluer side of the spectrum (same as my X10) and I would expect something like the first image SOOC. The real differences of the two samples lie more in exposure (especially the second image could need some correction, ~1/3 EV up) saturation, distribution of tonal values (local contrasts), and not at last microcontrast!(clarity) and hue separation. To me the first image appears a lot flatter or duller, even though it has more tonal contrast in the sky but the colors are nothing to write home about.
    I did a quick,straight BW conversion of both images:

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    Pretty significant, huh ?!

    I personally don't use either of those two converters but regarding the colors it's almost like comparing Ektachrome against Agfa CT. Interesting samples, thanks for sharing, Stephen

    And so forth ... anybody else ?
  4. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs FujiXspot Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    Near Philadephila
    Beautiful shots. I've seen tons of that area in photos - Rivendell Bicycles is in Walnut Creek and I've been getting their catalogs for years. And they feature all sorts of photos from various bike rides all around there. Particularly the roads and dirt roads and trails on Mt. Diablo. I've never ridden out there but I feel like I have. It's a beautiful area, as your photos so clearly show...

  5. Stephen S

    Stephen S FujiXspot Veteran

    Feb 14, 2014
    East Bay, Northern California
    Stephen Scharf
    Can't get these to load, unfortunately....