Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Heat Wave

Stuck indoors for over a week until the temperature hit 30°F today in NYC. So I packed up my camera bag and took a walk on Fifth avenue.

During my downtime I took the opportunity to try to understand how the Dynamic Range adjustment on the Fuji X-T1 affects exposure range. Most of the other effects adjustments will affect only the jpegs that are generated by the camera processor. But Dynamic Range determines how the sensor registers tonal ranges, so it affects RAW images also. There is a significant difference between DR100 and DR400 in how tones are mapped by the sensor. I need to play more with the functionality to get comfortable with it.

I shot the whole time with the 50-140mm lens. It's a focal range that I'm not at all comfortable using, so it's going to take quite a bit of practice. I need to 'see' images happening quite a bit farther away from me than I'm used to. And I need to be a bit more patient and steady when I shoot. Quite a few of the images I shot today were slightly blurred because I was too quick in moving the camera after I pushed the shutter. Since I use the optical image stabilization, which works quite well with this lens, even though the image is frozen, if the shutter speed is slow - like 1/30 or slower - the camera still has to be kept steady. It's one of the three lenses I expect to be taking to Israel in the Spring, and even though it will probably be the least used of the three, I need to be completely comfortable with it.

My best shot of the day - with the flattened perspective and the very limited scenic area around the subject, it's quite a bit different from my usual street shots: