We the Rain and the Horses

I love this fearless little shitty piece of camera.

Well not that love maybe, but for sure a kind of limitless fun and creative machine to work with. Because you don’t have to care very much about how you handle it and where you take it.

A little bit annoying delay in the shutter moment, but that’s probably something you can make somewhat better in the settings (haven’t familiarized with its settings that much yet). Or, something you just have to deal with – and just take it and use it for what it is.

This late afternoon was really wet, from above as below. This is not a place for my Fuji X100T, it would probably get a stroke. But with my little Casio Exilim (first edition, some years old now) I don’t have to worry a shit – it just keeps on doing its job as it were my shoes.

The really fun is that it really triggers the inspiration of unboxed experimental creativity. A fearless camera makes you fearless, and also careless, you don’t think that very much about what but just shooting whatever, however. It’s just a crazy fun photo-machine.

I think owning a cheap, small, simple and rough camera like this one is a great complement. Not only because of its size and the obvious protection it has, making it great for conditions like this. Those characteristics are actually contagious on your mindset and approach to photography. It changes the rules and the imaginary frames of your mind in a box. You really stop thinking and caring very much – and that’s an awesome relief to get in touch with.

And, if I would happen to kill it I don’t have to fear agony and screaming Why! Why! My precious!

All its flaws doesn’t matter at all, actually, it makes you even more crazy careless towards your imaginary photographer image. It makes you childish. And the delay and lack of control nailing the scene exactly as you think you want it is actually a part of the fun and interesting thing. Working with a camera like this on the edge of control (bad light and weather for example) will deliver a lot of unexpected surprises that you can use to turn into creative advantages that a more expensive high-end advanced camera probably maybe wouldn’t invite you to explore. And Yeah, we’re talking about the whole process here, from when to where and your whole photographic attitude.

So, get out there and get yourself a shitty piece of fun-machine to just play around with. I promise you, you gonna love it.

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By the way. Not much of regular street photography lately. That’s just how it has become and no other reason but what happens to suits me best for the moment. Sometimes it’s just good to stay away, changing the scene and let things grow in the background. Sooner or later I’m there again. I don’t like to get stuck in predictable and expected paths.

 

 

 

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The camera I didn’t knew I had

This is actually very strange indeed. I found a Casio Exilim EX-G1, hidden in a drawer. Apparently I bought this little thing some years ago, and then forgot about it. I think it was at the time when I was heavily dedicated into outdoor training.

A lot of trail running and using the nature as my gym. Today I’m too comfortable and like the lazy comfort of being in a gym instead.

However, I often enjoyed documenting my life even then. And for this I wanted something rough. At this time my photos seldom got any further than stuck on a hard drive, somewhere.

I think I remember that I also used it during some family vacations and weekend trips.

But I don’t think I made that much photos with it. The mobile functionality evolved and I found the ease of using the mobile for photography instead (it seems that the rough need wasn’t that needed).

It can also be so that I began to grow an aversion against computers during this time and made as much as possible with my phone instead and finally forgot it. I have no other clues of why I finally put it away and forgot it.

I better search through some of my old external hard drives one day, to see if I can find what I have made with this camera. I’m curious. But not today and not tomorrow.

Right now I’m more curious about just using it and see what it’s capable of and the feel of it. So this day I was carrying it around all day and used it sporadically during a quite lazy day. And this is what I got.

My choice for this post, however. Was post process them all into rough, moody black and whites. Just because I got that feeling.

I really like its design. Very easy to handle, light and ridiculous compact, but surprisingly easy to use even with my big hands. This camera easily disappears into any pocket almost unnoticeable. Or just let it hang around your wrist without any big distraction.

In many ways, a perfect casual everyday every time shooter. Fast focus and no significant shutter lag to bother about. Ok, maybe not an action sports camera.

What I find especially nice about the camera is that it’s water resistant. Meaning I can get out in any horrible shit conditions without caring a shit in return. Even take a dip in the sea. Yeah! It would be fun discovering underwater footage. Hope the seals still are fresh and resistant.

It definitely has potential of being a fun favorite as a complement to my iPhone and Fuji X100T. So far I like it. But I will probably only use it when I want to get out and shoot in bad weather. I mean, two is more than enough for my regular shooting.

 

Oh My! I’m with Chromebook

This is no review and don’t bother to much of what the photos of the screens show you. It’s somewhat close as I see it from here (on my pad and chrome), but impossible to make a fair conclusion about. This is a kind of hopeful happy me and personal thoughts about what I think. And very few photos.

It’s my birthday.

Not really a huge surprise. I have thinking about getting one since some time back. But not really, really sure until the last minutes of choice. Not about what, but if or if not at all.

Ok, my dream is a Mac, air probably. But it’s too far away to be more than a dream. Ok, I could wait, save some more money and feel some agony in buying another expensive machine, capable of more than i need. My Fuji X100T is enough, I can’t go on pretend that I’m made of money.

Also. I actually strive for less is more, and Chromebook feels very less is more. Can’t be much more simple, yet powerful enough to enlighten my simple needs.

 

I have really tried to make everything as far as possible only with my iPad. That would actually have been very nice good enough to keep on doing. If it wasn’t for the annoying behaviour when you want to control more demanding tasks that needs more than one touch clicks. Sometimes too simplified making things more complicated in the end than necessary and sometimes impossible (this goes especially for apps). You can absolutely learn to deal with it. But sooner or later you will go nuts over small annoying distractions.

I’ve got to that point now when I feel there must be more to life than this, without needing more than necessary. Mac – little too expensive. PC – ok, but prefer never again.

Chromebook feels like a potential make my wishes machine in between. And the Acer 14 Chromebook have been in my sight since I first started to think about it.

But I don’t know. It’s a gamble. I have no experience what so ever with Chromebooks. I may hate it, who knows. Till then I’m all open ready to learn how to think and do and ready for impressions. Then we’ll see what I think. I hope.

My intention is not to replace my iPad, but to have both as alternative ways to choose between. For example I have become very spoiled with the crispy clear retina display on my iPad. And I have a crush on Snapseed. So my plan have always been to keep on doing my post processing on it.

But hold your horses…. wtf!

My first impression when I turned on my Chromebook was an empty hole in my head. Shit! The display actually deliver a surprisingly astonishing quality way beyond my expectations. This machine would probably do very nice for post processing.

The hardcore calibration addicted pixelporn tech nerd will probably cough blood when reading this. But I’m actually impressed and pleasantly surprised of the image quality.

Believe it or not but the overall quality doesn’t differ that much at all from the iPad actually. The only thing that looks different is the colour temperature. The Acer Chromebook have significant more warm tone and even if I’ve never thought about it before, the iPad suddenly looks quite cold. This is especially visible in monochrome photos. Otherwise beside tonality, very look alike in comparison.

If I could choose I would like something in between. I haven’t found any settings to tweak the monitor settings on the Acer, just like not on iPad. But suddenly I became very curios anyway and made a try to do some post processing on the Acer to see how it feels and works.

The big drawback here is that there is no Snapseed app available for Chromebooks, yet. I think this is very awkward of Google to not offer a highly wanted app as Snapseed for Chromebook. Wouldn’t be that hard to make a Chrome version. Although maybe not that intuitive as working with a touchscreen.

No VSCOcam either. Which means that I need yet another tool to learn (beside getting familiar with the Chromebook). As I see it there is only one natural choice for Chromebooks and that is Polarr, of which I have been curious about before. So now I have to try it. And did.

Well, Polarr is for sure a very potent photo editor. But I’m probably to used by the extremely powerful simplicity and flow doing post processing with Snapseed, to really like Polarr as much as it is good.

I can achive far more things far more easy with far better control during the workflow with Snapseed than with Polarr. What I did like most with Polarr was the structure and fine tuning control of grain. Very nice grain.

I never got that final satisfaction with my test so at the end I saved and downloaded the photo to my iPad and made the final touch in Snapseed. That went fast. We’ll see, I may find peace and love in Polarr one day after some more datings.

The other half of why I probably will keep on doing my post processing on my iPad is that I’m really not sure of this warmer tonality on the Chromebook.

Otherwise. I’m very satisfied with my golden book of aluminium Chrome for this little time yet. Working with my blog for example felt awesome far more better and easy than doing it on my iPad.

 

Introducing Vlog – Whats in my camera bag

This was unexpected.

I just made my first Vlog for some reason I really don’t know but just because I can and felt to do.

I’m actually not very comfortable at all in editing myself talking to myself with an imaginary audience. Not talking to an audience of any kind at all actually. This is extremely strange because everything I try to say usually get messed up in the transmission between my head and my mouth. And this makes me feel terrible stupid and scares the shit out of me. So I prefer to avoid doing that.

But strangely this felt not that awkward scary at all. Have I overcome this bad self confidence I thought I have in doing this? This was news for me. Have my street photography therapy cured this bad habit?

Ok, this is raw, very spontaneous and simple, without any preparation what so ever of what to do or what to say. Of course I’m not all that comfortable here. Still a bit nervous, not of exposing myself, but my ability to finding the words and use them correctly enough to make sense.

You have to remember that speaking in english don’t come very naturally for me just like that.

I don’t know if this is something I’m going to do that much of. I’m not much of a fan of Vlogs myself and rarely watch them. So this makes it even more strange why I just did this myself. I just got caught by a mood and then why not.

Don’t expect a follow up sooner, or later. I have no plans of doing the next one. But I will probably make some more whenever I feel for it.

My style is…

photographic… None

I have no style and never had, maybe never will. More than through a few series of shots when I feel for a more wrapped feeling. It have nothing to do with that I don’t want to add a more personal identity to my photos in general.

This is, as usually, yet another confused post of my thoughts. This time about my search for identity in my photography. But also some words about digital vs analog, and what is freedom of choice. All photos in this post are old analog photography, shot with my iPhone, made with as little touch up as possible to look just as they do physical. Some photos, of me, like the cover photo and me lightning a cigarette, is not my shots. They are made by friends that borrowed my camera. I often used to let others make photos with my camera back in this time.

It would actually be a big relief if I could find my own style and stick to it because it would simplify my life as a photographer a lot.

The problem is that I change my mind too easily of how I want things and quickly get bored when I repeat myself in same patterns. I wish it wasn’t so. But that’s how I am.

And that’s the huge drawback of digitalism that gives you almost endless freedom of choice. Not bad as in bad, but bad as in freedom of confusion.

The possibilities with the digital format is almost endless. How do you find the perfect choice out of billions of ways how to treat your photography? Especially when you know that in the same moment you find that perfect it’s no longer perfect anymore – it can always be better. Or better in a different way – in eternity.

For a person like me these possibilities are not of any help but Help!

In this case, the time of analog photography was far more easy to deal with. You had to work hard to tame the circumstances and create possibilities instead of be given them. Same, same but different you may think. But think again – it’s a big difference between be given and creating possibilities.

And I think that creating possibilities is far more creative and satisfying than be given possibilities. Somehow I think we actually get less creative and simple minded when we are given to much freedom. Making us spoiled and craving or confused.

A false conception of freedom that kidnap and capture our mind in a readymade jail of identities.

But no hard feelings, after all. I’m not an reactionist, definitely not. This is just a personal issue of myself and my own problems with myself in conjunction with my relationship with the digital photographic format.

But I can’t help it. I still love the heart and soul of analog film and workflow more. So why don’t I just shut the fuck up and go shooting analog film? I’m actually thinking about it, a lot. Going back doing it. But not completely retro – doing both.

Cause, after all. I actually really like the possibilities with digital photography. Not at least the simplicity – just shoot, shoot and shoot, being childish creative, experiment, just do it and the instant fail safe process in the making of the final photography.

No waste of money on failure and no time consuming struggle with chemicals and dark places to hide and wait and see the result. That’s worth al lot in comparison to think about. Just focus on the making of photography here and now.

At the same time. You lose the art of of slowing down when everything is about instant pleasure. The waiting involved with the analog workflow has its own values.

My biggest problem is – finding my analog soul in the digital format. My heart is there, but I haven’t found my soul in the creation of my identity. How I want it to look like.

Another problem with digital photography. The quality is often too good, to close to almost perfect that it almost feels sterile. Like you have deleted the filter of emotions between the camera and life and get a technical anatomy of reality without flaws.

I still hold on too tight to the amazing quality that my camera is capable of. Feeling guilty if I scramble my photos too rough and degrading the quality at free will. This is my number one mission to deal with – how to kill the presence of too much technical quality aspects.

But I don’t think I will find the origin of myself in my photography through this expedition either but more versions of my many myself.

Maybe I just should keep on experimenting and vary my photography as I do. What if that’s my style and identity. After all, my personality is of a restless changeable nature. So maybe that’s my way.

The future is unknown, so meanwhile I just do as I do. Why try to be and do something I don’t know is what I want.

I think I will know the day it happens. But probably just another for the moment.

The enemy of good

… is someone of yourself who think too much about you.

It happens to me all the time.

I really love my Fuji X100T. But honestly – this camera is much better than I need it to be. At the same time, ok… It’s nice to have a camera that is capable of more than you need. It gives you more space to play with possibilities.

The problem is not owning a camera that is better and more expensive than you need. The problem is your mindset. It’s way too easy to get caught in some kind of imaginary pro mode. Affected by an enforced feeling to level up the whole process to make things as perfect as possible.

The better the circumstances are, the more and better we want and the more distracted by flaws we get.

What is perfect? What makes one thing more perfect than another? And for whom?

Nowadays digital cameras generally produce image quality that is so close to perfect that it needs to be imperfect to feel alive.

The more you stare the more you dissect and get distracted by technical details. Obsessed with making Frankensteins monsters and forget the importance of soul. It looks well made technically, but the soul is dissected and disconnected.

It’s awful simple to get stuck in the hunt for technical perfection and almost feel guilty of a crime if you don’t make use of the maximum possible advantage that your hard and software is capable of to perform, and catch this perfection. Afraid of failure.

The technical maximum high quality preservation of the original information that the camera or the editing tool you are using are capable of. Is not the same as the quality within the photography itself.

But I have to admit. I often find myself being way to careful with my photos during the post process. I would actually like to challenge my thoughts about perfectly good enough more often than I do and screw things up a little more.

Alien drive

I think one major problem here is your imaginary thoughts of what other people think about your photography when you make them. – You have a superior camera and high end photo editor software, and this is what you get?

And that we compare ourselves with others too much.

I think we all to often deal with too much worries and doubts about what we are doing.

This is a ghost. Don’t try to please others – find out what pleases you to pleas others. If other people happens to like what you’re doing, then you have found a nice roadmap how to both express and attract. But don’t expect it.

Never give up. Do what you feel is you and continue to deliver, explore and develop your way.

This is a self exploring therapy journey we need to go through and accept if we want to do what we like and like what we do. A travel we do until we die. In one in another way.

A nice workaround to deal with this anxiety is to be more rough when shooting and make more experimental photography. Not purposely shitty photos, but with the same mindset just to make you less serious. Lower your guard and let the child in you enter the scene.

Don’t get stuck in feelings of lack of nice conditions. Make it a reason to conquer the conditions. Try to create fascination out of the ordinary, almost boring.

Don’t get stuck in boring results out of your camera. Make it a reason to find something. Your soul, not according to what you think other people think. The soul is everywhere but looks and feels different for everyone.

Many of those photos will probably give you a lot more fun while post precessing them than the more regular and better shots. This is a nice way to explore possibilities and develop personality in your photography. With photos like this you will be less careful and willing to experiment more without distraction of any level of technical quality. This is pure mood mode. This will crossbreed your attitude towards your photography. And make you more laid back.

Finding the beauty and the drama in the seemingly daily grey and boring around the corner is a satisfying challenge to aim at. To create something out of barely nothing where you are with what you have.

One of the best cameras to use for assignments like this is probably your smartphone (the majority of the photos in this post is made with an iPhone7 and post processed with Snapseed). For some reason we lower our guard when shooting with our smartphones, just snap and don’t think too much more than just catching the moment.

If you ever made photos as a kid, try to imagine and revive to be there again. Otherwise, just try to imagine and revive the uncomplicated conditions needed to make fun.

After I bought my Fuji X100T I rarely used my iPhone as camera any longer. Thats sad. So I decided to make use of it more often again. Much just because it’s effect on my mindset. It’s just so ridiculous easy to just shoot it. And you don’t care so much.

You have probably heard of the mantra cliche that the best camera is the one you have with you. That’s true. Any camera is best, the one you choose to almost always have at hand, not which brand or model.

When I bought my Fuji camera I decided to start bring it with me as often as possible just to make it an automatic behaviour. But soon I found that this was wrong choice. I was thinking too much photography for the sake of making photography.

It isn’t the need of your best camera at hand that is important. It is the most simple and easy mindset that triggers and make you shoot whenever whatever and develop your intuitive photographic behaviour.

If you want to explore and develop you intuitive photographic behaviour. I think you really need those moments in the making of photography when you care less and make the process almost unnoticeable simple. Just like breathing.

I’m quite sure that using your smartphone as camera more often makes you a more personal and better photographer. And not being so loyal to hi-tech quality regardless of what you use.

Remmen camera straps

A retro designed camera needs a retro camera strap. That’s what I think anyway. So I decided to buy one. The original strap works just good, no problems. But doing its work isn’t enough. There’s a lot of vanity here.

The original strap that comes with Fuji X100T is not bad at all. But as with many straps included in the box, they’re usually have a cheap almost boring feeling. Nothing but vanity – the work just fine. But I actually really don’t like how many of those straps feels against the skin of my neck. Often annoying naughty itching. The original Fuji strap is no exception, unfortunately.

So I went for a hunt for something else to wear and decorate my little jewel with. There’s a lot of options to choose between and in the end you have to fall for one.

I fell for a brand called Remmen (simply meaning “the strap” in swedish). A choice that felt good in many ways. Made by environmental friendly produced leather from Swedish cows. By a small Swedish company.

They also have two other options made of Italian leather in cognac and black, also made by environmental friendly produced leather. Beside that they have fixed length, adjustable, wrist straps, keyring mount and flat mount.

I fell for the natural coloured strap. Not only because optimal locally made. This strap will change and darken through time. That’s the nature of leather and most visible in its natural colour. It will absorb my wear.

And the strap feels wonderful soft against naked skin. Solid but smooth and flexible at the same time. Not cheap, actually quite expensive, but not more expensive than many other brands and definitely worth the money.

The only problem is/was that the keyring that you lock to the strap holders on the camera doesn’t fit the Fuji X100T. The holes are to small, or, the key-rings are to thick. So I had to find some thinner key-rings. Not a problem, just a small tweak. Now it works just great. I choose the fixed length and in my opinion it fits perfect in length. If you want to wear it diagonal around your neck and body you probably need adjustable.

Less is probably more. But sometimes some things are worth the little more extra. I consider this being my exclusive feel good accessory worth the unnecessary luxury.

Find out more about Remmen Camera Straps here >>

http://remmen-straps.com

My choice of camera

I’m happy with my choice of camera. It makes me pleasantly satisfied and inspired to make photos just by its presence, just looking at it and feel the camera in my hands. Actually just hang it around my neck and wear it, as an accessory, makes me happy.

It’s probably not just only because of the specific camera itself. But it sure help. I love the retro design, the size and the weight of it in my hands, the mechanical dials to control some of the most basic settings you probably want simple access to change quickly. And I really like to use the electronic viewfinder.

I could keep babbling on about everything I like about this camera, but it would feel more like idolize than real facts. After all it’s mostly more about feelings than facts what you think about a gizmo you bought and happen to like.

But it have flaws, like that I would prefer a more traditional “analog” lens feeling when used in manual focus mode. Though not a big thing to bother much about. It’s not needed that often and easy to find workarounds to deal with in other more effective ways. And X100T is missing an iso dial that the newer X100F have.

And as with almost all digital cameras. Heck of many settings in menus that always take time to learn and deal with quick and easy. The Q button is a nice and smart function however, making some things a whole lot more easy and effective to control (when you get familiar with the configuration and how to use it). I’m actually not the biggest fan of working with multifunctional buttons and settings in menus.

I also think that I would like to mount a thumb grip to get a more solid steady grip, even if the camera already feels very nice in my hand. But it can be even better I think. I have big hands.

In the beginning I actually was looking for an interchangeable camera system. But I quickly reminded myself of what I want and actually really need and don’t need. I have owned a couple of slr and a dslr system before. Always sooner or later ending up disturbed by the size, weight or the more complex nature in general.

I have learned and found the love of simplicity and the freedom of using my iPhone as only camera for some years now. And i asked myself when I was in my deep agony doubts about what camera to choose – Do I really need much more than a little more possibilities than that. No!

I wanted things as simple as possible, but not too simple or too cheap. Something solid with nice finish and building quality to rely upon. But most of all – something I with ease would consider to carry with me wherever whenever without hesitation. And then I always have had a vainly craving for an analog retro design. Cravings are indeed a really dangerous guide. But this have been an impossible craving to resist.

Actually I probably would have been just fine ok going on shooting with my iPhone. But after all, good enough or not. I had for some time been dreaming of owning a “real” camera agin. Something with little more control and little better possibilities. And the feeling of a camera. For me it’s an important emotional connection after all.

That it all ended up in a quite advanced and expensive Fuji X100T that is capable of more than enough in comparison of my needs may sound like a huge overkill. But so it went and happened to be. Life is strange and full of surprises. I simply fell in love with it.

Somehow I wanted a little more than just a little more than I thought that I needed. After all it feels good to have a camera you know is capable of to deliver a little more than you think that you need. Just in case. And then I like the fact that the X100T actually is a great piece of building quality worth to suffer the scary passage through my thin wallet. Although not that incredible exclusive and expensive, but definitely the most exclusive and expensive camera I have ever owned, yet.

And that can lead up to other unexpected reactions in your mindset. I’ll be back about that later.

 

My Photo Equipment

This is what I have and use today

And so far it’s nothing less than more I need. Well, always something I could find nice to have – a new better laptop for example. I have too many old photos on hard drives I would like to go through and work with. But the old cow will probably be able to do the most primary things I need for that – some more time, i hope.

My goal and wish is that my iPad shall be the only workstation I need. That would be a great relief. And I’m going to try to find a way to stay with that idea as far as possible.

My favourite photo editor app so far is without hesitation Snapseed. I have tried some others, but no one have been even close. Fast and smooth. It’s outstanding user friendly and offers all the basic settings you need, and more. And the team behind it keeps on making it even better all the time with new or fine tuned functions. The latest update have also given you control over curves for example. I hope it have come to stay for a long time.

The camera is not much to talk about. Fujifilm X100T is material love. For me, this is my dream camera for the use I have in mind and I can’t see what else is there to need.

I also threw up my cheap “gorillapod” copy look alike tripod on the table. I have an old big heavy tripod somewhere. But I’m not going to use that. If I would need a tripod at all, this works just perfectly fine. I want my equipment to be as small, mobile and simple as possible.

One more thing is missing in the picture – a remote cord, if I would like to do some longer exposures. I have one, somewhere. I like that X100T works with old style mechanical cord.
And thats it.

Mölndals Bro and my first walkaround with my Fuji X100T

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.