Ordinarily you wouldn’t go to the beach in mid winter when its -2 degrees Celsius at eight o’clock in the morning. However it was a nice day, I haven’t been able to get out with the cameras for a few weeks, totally normal of course for this time of year, being as its mid winter here.
Both my wife and I have had a hankering for some fresh seafood for a time now, so what better excuse to head to the west coast and visit the craft shops and have lunch at the wharf in Raglan. The seafood here doesn’t get any fresher than straight off the boat and into the fishing company chillers right next door.
By the time we had organised ourselves and the day had warmed up sufficiently lunch at the wharf turned into a mid afternoon feast. This also meant that the available light was going to be very contrasty, low level and bright.
I had two cameras with me, the Pentax MZ-6 and the Fuji HS20. The film will go to the lab tomorrow, mean time I have finished PP’ing a batch of photos which you can see here.
Considering the conditions I set the HS20 in EXR DR mode, auto ISO 400 and Auto DR 400, and adjusted Ev to suit each shot. I have to say that a APSC or Full frame camera would have handled the variations in dynamic range with a greater amount of ease but the HS20 did pretty well and in a lot of the images very little PP work was required.
In some cases the light was so difficult I had to consider other options. This is where Fuji cameras excel and the others generally dont. I’m referring to the onboard film simulations and filters. For this particular occasion I reached for the film simulations, choosing Black & White and Sepia. In fact the Sepia was the better of the two, holding the dynamic range and detail better the the B&W. While Sepia isn’t to everyone’s liking its an often overlooked option and gives considerably better Post Processing results in many cases. In my early days of photography we used to print the portrait images in Sepia before they went to the colourists to have the final colour blending done.
Hand colouring or tinting photos was my original introduction to colour photography in the portrait studio and something I was expected to become moderately proficient at. I was never anything near as good a the ladies we had doing it full time. It was astonishing how good they could get a photo to look just from the photographers notes.
All the following images were shot with the HS20 and edited in Photscape 3.7, which I have now running in a virtual box. More on Linux and virtual box to come at a later time. These images can also be viewed here if the displayed image is too large for your screen. Google Photo Collection
There was a third camera we had with us, namely the Samsung Note 9 and while we didnt use it a great deal I will add the photos from the Note 9 later in the week. Its fast becoming the go to camera of the moment.
For those interested in the Note 9 as a camera, check out this video and others like it on YouTube.
As always: Happy Snapp’n