I’ve just done a quick test of the new Lightroom release candidate. At last, Adobe have included the long awaited optimised file handling of Fujifilm’s X-Trans sensor output. I personally hadn’t had much issue with the processing of my Fujifilm RAW files but some people have complained about mosaic patterns being seen in detailed areas of processed RAW files.

To do a comparison I randomly picked one of my X-Pro1 files. Restored the image to original settings. i.e. the settings the camera produced. Then processed the image in LR4.
I then installed the 4.4RC and reprocessed the image with the exact same settings. No LR settings or correction applied at all.

The below image is a combination of the output from both LR versions. Left is LR4 , right LR4.4 RC.
Below the image is a link to the full sized version.

Yes, there is a difference. Yes, the Fujfilm RAW processing has been improved.

UPDATE.

Thanks to Pete, I have added the same sample image that he processed in CaptureOne 7.02 and 7.1.
Phase One added the X-Trans support recently, their new 7.1 update just seems to improve software speed, the actually processing doesn’t seem to be altered at all.
The samples are zoomed in a lot, way more than we would in reality but I just wanted to see the grass roots of the mosaic details.

Actual different between LR and C1? I think it’s down to a matter of image taste now rather than fundamental processing differences.  Totally down to splitting hairs now. At least with the Lightroom update we can see those hairs now;)

Then adding the Capture One processing too.

Full size version of the top image.

Full size version of the bottom image.

Continuing development of the panoramic offerings that Stillmation can offer, I’ve been experimenting with high(er) resolution imaging.
The already high resolution of the Nikon D800E is positively dwarfed if I start to using stitching techniques that I use for the interactive 360 panoramas.

This image is of one of favourite buildings in Antwerp. The MAS. or Museum Aan de Stroom is just an amazing public space set in a once run-down and slightly shady area of Antwerp it is fast becoming a place to be in the city.

Have a zoom and pan around the image. Find the details, count the hands you can see. Above all, just enjoy.

This link is designed for mobile device viewing only, I just tried it on the iPad4 and it’s a lot better than the link below mobile high(er) resolution

Do you need some high(er) resolution images for your company? Feel free to contact me to talk about the challenge.

 

 

  • supermasj - I can even read the license plate of that SAAB Cabrio ;-)

In collaboration with MINI I made a short tour of one of their dealerships here in Belgium. The Waasland Store.
You have have a browse around the store and be sure to check out the interior of the sporty John Cooper Works GP and the rather luxurious and exclusive ‘Inspired by Goodwood’ MINI.

I’ve shot panoramas inside several planes now but working inside those MINIs was getting seriously tight for space. The camera was about 50mm from the head restraints as it turned around.  A good test of my methods and machinery I think.

For the full viewing experience it is recommended that you view in full screen. Or, if you are viewing on the iPad, enjoy the gyroscopic navigation:)

More to come soon….

Mini Goodwood

  • Niko Caignie - excellent work!

  • 360° | Just shoot it - [...] technisch stunt en vliegwerk om zijn fotografie naar nieuwe hoogtes te brengen. Zo creëerde hij een interactieve ervaring van een Mini-showroom waarbij de bezoeker het volledige interieur van verschillende auto’s tot in de kleinste [...]

Last year I was commissioned by Fujifilm Belgium to produce a set of images that they could use to decorate their super-clean international training centre in Zaventem, Belgium. One of the ideas we came up with was a series of abstract images depicting the details of the building and machines they have in the training rooms.

The ultimate game plan was to make images that people stopped and looked at. They might not even realise that they are standing amongst the subjects, that’s just part of the fun.

I visited the offices today and saw a selection of the images hanging around the building. All shot with the X-Pro1 and printed on DiBond. The team there are very happy, I’m very happy.

I made a couple of sneaky snapshots of 2 of the images, I didn’t measure them but I’m guessing they are over a metre tall.

 A selection of the images I made.

Just one of my camera tests was to try the FujiFilm X-E1 for some time-lapse work. The X-E1 has no built in interval timer like so many other cameras but luckily it has a remote/mic socket that can be used to trigger the shutter.
This clip of over 2000 images was made over a 2 hours period. Clearly the sunlight varies a lot in the background and I wanted to see how the X-E1 would handle this.

Fujifilm X-E1 – 35mm 1.4 (at 2.8) – ISO400

tulips from stillmation on Vimeo.

  • Nathan Kaso - What did you use to trigger the shutter?

  • Rob Mitchell - Nathan, I used an MX2 controller to trigger the camera via the remote jack.