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  1. biglouis

    All Polarizers are not equal

    Maybe my eyes are going but the Hoya seems to leave more fine details than the Kase? My friend is an optician and as I understand it Hoya make most of the lenses for glasses in the world. Which is encouraging because I have always used Hoya filters (where I can) for as long as I can remember...
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    Fun with the Fuji X ___!

    Cetti's Warbler, from another trip to RSPB Fowlmere, yesterday. This is a very difficult bird to photograph. It is very secretive and normally hides deep inside trees and shrubs. In seven years of visiting Fowlmere, when I have heard this bird calling on every occasion, this is the first time I...
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    Fun with the Fuji X ___!

    "Stop asking me if we are there yet!" - Greylag Goose with chicks. X-T4, XF200f2+TC1.4x
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    Photographing, restoring old black and white photos

    I have a client who wants about a number of old black and white photos, stored in an album, converted to digital and restored. I have no problem with the photography part (I'll be using my Fuji X-T4 and Fuji XF80f2.8 macro to do it. However, I noticed that there are a couple of software...
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    Processing with DXO PureRAW 2

    That's a really good workflow tip. On my next trip back to the reserve for more bird photography, I think I'll try that process first. Louis
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    Fun with the Ricoh GR III

    GRIII, left with the 21mm adapter.
  7. biglouis

    Processing with DXO PureRAW 2

    Just a couple of more examples of applying the software to raw images, this time with the XF200 on the X-T4. I really think it can make a difference. I also should add that the new masking tools, especially 'select subject' and the ability to invert the selection to deconstruct the background...
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    Fun with the Fuji X ___!

    Another photograph, X-T4/XF55-200, above Ponden, West Yorkshire, on the high moor.
  9. biglouis

    GFX + TSE 24 ii + LCC

    As an aside, I also stopped using my GFX MF for client work as it is to Fuji's credit that the APS-C cameras and lenses do a fine job on their own. I suppose if one was asked to a Vogue cover it might be mandatory but in general the results for architecture from the XF8-16 and for objects from...
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    Fun with the Fuji X ___!

    Ponden Moor, looking northwards, X-T4, XF55-200. Processed in DxO SilverEfex.
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    Fun with the Fuji X ___!

    ALCOMDEN STONES - Ponden, West Yorkshire, Fujifilm X-T4, XF18-55 (forgotten how good a lens the 'kit lens' is. (Btw, as I am travelling I had to process this on my laptop so I have no idea what it really looks like, viz quality).
  12. biglouis

    Processing with DXO PureRAW 2

    Thanks for sharing the process. I must give it a try. LouisB
  13. biglouis

    Processing with DXO PureRAW 2

    That's an interesting process. Are you doing the layers work in Photoshop? LouisB
  14. biglouis

    Processing with DXO PureRAW 2

    Great analysis and input in this thread. Without appearing ingratiating, one reason why I like hanging out here at GetDPI. My feeling is that this is not a general purpose tool but one in toolbox to be used as and when appropriate. My toolbox includes LR (even better now with the new masking...
  15. biglouis

    Processing with DXO PureRAW 2

    After Rob's comment I went back and looked at your images again but my feeling is that PR2 has brought out more detail than the original processed file. Believe me,, I am sceptical about all these add-on products. So, I am surprised at the results I am getting with PR2. LouisB
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    Processing with DXO PureRAW 2

    The second one does look brighter and sharper. This is what I have so far found when I have used PR2. It seems to make good decisions about sharpening and noise reduction (if required). It is an intriguing product. I thought the Topaz products were at the top of the game but there is definitely...
  17. biglouis

    Processing with DXO PureRAW 2

    Bart: that would be good to see if you have time to post some examples. Carl: the thought did occur to me and I must try this next time I process a batch of files, which will probably be after a trip out tomorrow. Thanks for the advice. LouisB
  18. biglouis

    Processing with DXO PureRAW 2

    I've been trialling DxO PureRAW 2 (PR2) and in certain cases I have found it to be an advantage over my normal workflow. I thought I'd share some samples here. I am not related to the company, have no axe to grind and am not shilling. My workflow is normally RAW --> LR --> TopazAI products if...
  19. biglouis

    Fun with the Ricoh GR III

    A few test shots with the wide angle adapter GA-1 on the GRIII. It gives an angle of view of 21mm in full frame equivalent. In general it is nice and sharp in the centre with only a small drop off in sharpness in the corners. It does introduce some colour fringing of objects against bright...
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    HELP fujifilms s10 focus assist is disabled !

    Is this something to do with whether you are using electronic or mechanical shutter? I vaguely remember being surprised at some things only working with electronic or mechanical but not both on my X-T3 and X-T4 and I can't believe the firmware is that different. Louis
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