Yesterday I went out for my first walk around with my X100T to get to know it and get a glimpse of how my settings worked (good choice, today it rains and snow)). No major expectations but whatever than that and nothing more complicated than just a visit around the corner (almost) – Mölndals city, or “Mölndals bro” as we call it – but not bro as in brother. Bro means bridge in Swedish and is named so after the bridge that connects the two sides of the city that is split in by a highway and a railway. Not a very beautiful place to hang around, but it have its own interesting scores to experience and also serves as a public transport centre.
But the day started with breakfast at IKEA first. It’s my plan to bring my camera with me more often, without any other reason than because I can. That’s why I didn’t bought a big dslr system. This camera is so perfect in size and fits perfect in any of my pocket in my jackets. A little bit heavy compared to an ordinary compact although, but I like to feel some weight when I hold a camera. So thats no drawback.
And this is the legendary notorious sight from the Bridge. A really boring photo and a place, just as it is. It’s shot through a dirty glass shield so the original contrast went a bit low and got a bleached impression. So I had to tweak it a bit afterwards to get a little more fairly nice look at least. This is the only photo that needed some more editing to satisfaction. The rest was an almost perfect surprise of Wow! that didn’t needed much editing at all to give great satisfaction. Actually, probably very well enough without any.
I really adore the Fujis very well thought ot idea of film simulation modes, simulating classic analog film. The two modes I’m most interested to use (at the moment) is Monochrome and Classic Chrome (Well, monochrome is actually not a real film simulation mode). I have never been shooting monochrome digital straight out of the camera before. I have usually been shooting in colour and then done it black and white afterwards in the editing process. This works just fine of course and you can always regret if you wish it was in colour. And thats just one part of the idea to shoot in black and white direct – to force youre imagination to see and feelthe world in monochrome. Black and white is my native old fashion days of photography and really what I love most of all and something I want to revive. One other thing is that the sensor and processing in the Fuji cameras produces so wonderful quality straight out the camera that I personally see no reason to do more than necessary afterwards. So why. The b/w mode this camera is capable of to deliver is outstanding good and I’m overwhelmed how crisp and clear it is. My further settings in b/w for the moment is: Auto ISO up to 1600, Red filter, Sharpness +1, Highlights +2, Shadows +2, Noise reduction -2 and Dynamic range 100%.
But there will be colours too. It’s a matter of feeling for the moment either or. Especially now when I have this Classic Chrome mode. I absolutely love this film mode for colour and can’t really describe why and what. I read someone somewhere who described it very good “Classic Chrome don’t give you pictures as you see them, but as you want them to be”. I don’t remember the words exactly, but something like that. I’m not shure of what settings I want to use with classic chrome, but for the moment I go for: Auto WB (cameras today overall handle whitbalance very well enough to be set on auto), Auto ISO up to 1600, Sharpness 1, Highlights 0, Shadows +2, Noise reduction 0 and Dynamic range set at auto. In general I let the camera operate on full auto and go either shutterspeed, aperture or full manual when I need to.
Although the weather was very pleasent, with a low sun that made interesting light and everything. I was a bit disapointed – where was everybody? I had hoped for more crowds to blend into and practising my forthcomming ability to dare act comfortable in taking photos of people (I have a goal I want to develop in this genre). When there’s too few people around it becomes all to obvious what’s happening when you point with the camera. And that makes me feel uncomfortable in the situation. I’m not comfortable at all with that feeling. But, it felt for shure much better and more natural with this camera, after all, than with my old big chunky dslr. Not at least – more fun in every aspect. In the absence of crowds of humans to practice my mental skills on I took a small walk around to catch other thing. And tried some more easygoing shots with people in the viewfinder. It seems that I got my eys for reflections this day.
The inner city of Mölndal is in the middle of a huge change and is for the moment more of an enormous construction scene than a ordinary city. Mölndals inner city have never been very much of any impressive attractive range, quite boring in general and not much of interest to either shop or take a walk. Nothing bad about other humans but the city have been dominated by retirees and alcoholics. So the transformation is very welcome, and for the moment more fun to experience as it is right now than as it ever was.
My impression so far with my X100T is a big huge Wow! It produces unexpectedly amazing nice pictures right out of the camera. There’s not very much editing you need to do with the images back home to get satisfied. I rather never say never, but my plan is not to shoot in RAW again. And with results like this, why should I. Also if, then I could not be given the benefit of using the film simulation modes – raw is raw, original clean as the sensor see it. And more time in front of the the computer, that I don’t even have (well ok, I have but it’s so anoying slow that I see it as not having one). I know raw gives you more possibilities and quality to work with. But for me, working with jpegs from this camera is just more than fine and if you do as less mess as possibly with yor jpegs there’s almost no difference between raw and jpg from this camera. My goal is to keep the workflow as simple as possible and the need of things around at a minimum. For this and nowdays I only have an iPad and use Snapseed as my editor, and it works just great for me. Something I will try to keep, that less is more.