Welcome to Classic Chrome

Along with the rise of Instagram and iPhone photography, there has been a flood of filters and film simulations. Unfortunately, the majority of these tools are formulated very poorly and the results can be quite grotesque.

When I heard that Fujifilm is working on a new film simulation, Classic Chrome, I was intrigued. After all, Fuji has been known for its expertise in film and the JPEGs coming out of the X-series cameras have been one of the best in the industry.

The latest Fuji X100T and Fuji X-T1 Graphite came with Classic Chrome. Some photographers who got their hands on these cameras posted some photos bearing the Classic Chrome look and we really liked what we saw. Those who practise street, documentary photography or fine art photography should be very pleased with this modern take on the Kodachrome-like look. The colours are subtle and slightly suppressed but pleasing and natural to the eye.

Although we haven’t had a chance to shoot with the Fuji X100T or Graphite X-T1, the recent Lightroom 5.7 update offers an opportunity to paint with light – Classic Chrome style. We couldn’t resist applying this new colour palette to some chosen photos. Here they are:

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Also, watch this space for a full review of the XF 50-140 F2.8 OIS WR, the Fuji X-100T and more Classic Chrome images – this time straight from the camera.

 

2014 © Olaf Sztaba Photography. All rights reserved.

Photo Ramblings

It is November and in Vancouver it usually means short days and lots of rain. It’s not that a little bit of water stops us from taking photos, in fact quite the opposite! We are working on several projects, which we will share with you as they take shape.

We are planning a ten-day trip down the Oregon Coast to San Francisco, California, Death Valley and several small towns in Nevada. As usual we will be travelling with our Fuji X-T1, X100S (maybe X100T), XF 56mm F1.2 and XF 14mm F2.8 lenses. We are hoping to get our hands on a new XF 50-140 F2.8 OIS WR lens but it might turn up too late for this particular trip.

Brian of Iridient Digital just released the 3.0 beta version of its popular Iridient Developer software (you can get it here). For the last few years Iridient Developer has offered the best demosaic solution for Fuji X-Trans RAW files. We have recommended this program in the past and the new version is even better. We really like the new “Vibrance” and “Fill Light” adjustments. There are many new features and you should try this program if you are going after the best detail.

Recently, one of our readers pointed to an article by Peter Bridgwood about Lightroom sharpening settings for X-Trans files. His findings are very similar to ours and indeed a generous use of the Details slider in LR5 works very well with the X-Trans files.

Having said that, I noticed that many, especially new photographers, spend way too much time and effort on technical issues, forgetting what photography is all about. Don’t dwell too much on technicalities but work hard on improving your ways of seeing. That’s what we always strive for.

It was no different when we recently spent one morning in White Rock, British Columbia. Here are our photos taken with the Fuji X-T1 and X100S.

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2014 © Olaf & Kasia Sztaba Photography. All rights reserved.