Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Napier to Taupo

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Back to it

I've had a bit of a break from taking photos this last year or so. I haven't stopped using cameras but I have spent far too much time mucking around with them instead of doing something useful with them. I have also spent far too much time playing with Capture One and Lightroom doing silly comparisons. Back in 2014 I sold my Nikon D800 and lenses and bought a Fuji XT1. Within a few months I had good selection of lenses and also an XPro1 as part of deal for a Nikon lens. I was happy.

At the end of 2014 Sony released the A7II and I was taken in by the full frame sensor and 24 Mega pixels. I sold my Fuji gear and bought the Sony along with a couple of lenses. I was happy, at first. The camera and lenses are built very well and they make great quality images. For some reason though I just couldn't seem to gel with the camera. I can't explain why but I just struggled to get comfortable with it. The body and lens combination is quite big and heavy compared to the Fuji too.

I bought a Fuji X100T so that I had something smaller to carry on my bike. I loved it instantly and the Sony pretty much sat in the cupboard gathering dust. I realised at this point I had made a mistake.

January 2016 comes around and I sell the Sony and lenses and buy a Fuji XE2 with the 18-55mm lens, free case and a cash back deal. These are an absolute bargain now and with Fuji announcing a big firmware update for later in the year I couldn't resist. Now I have a few more lenses, firmware v4, Lightroom v6 and I'm very happy. Just saving for the 56mm f1.2 now.

I have pretty much gone full circle within 12 months ! This was obviously a fairly expensive lesson learned but it was an important one.

Shot with the X100T of course.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Picton To Bluff

Last year a small group of us completed a long distance ride from Lake Ferry to Cape Reinga in a day. This year three of us set out to cover Picton to Bluff on the South Island.
Friday night we caught the ferry in Wellington and then stayed over just outside Picton. Saturday morning we hit the road at 6am and finally made it to Invercargill at 5:50pm. We checked into the motel and the headed off for the final leg down to Bluff. Then we took two days to ride back home via Queenstown and the West coast.It was a fantastic ride and the weather was very kind, we only had one downpour and that didn't last long.

I managed to get some video too.

Picton to Bluff
The Trip Back
Crown Range

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Honda VFR800 VTEC

Shot with a Fuji XT1 55mm 1.2 and a couple of Yongnuo flashes through white umbrellas.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Highlights for x-trans in RAW convertors compared

Here is a 100% crop from an image that has an area that was over exposed in camera. I have reduced the exposure by -2EV in all three applications. All other adjustments are at the default settings. You must click on the images to see them at 100%

Aperture has some purple artefacts, Capture One has some "very wobbly" details, Lightroom seems pretty much ok.


Capture One