Last night, my new Fujifilm X-E2 arrived and I was able to squeeze in a few minutes this afternoon on the way home to stop by one of my favorite spots – Sharon Park in Menlo Park.
This image is a JPEG straight out of the camera. I’d set the camera up with pretty much the default settings – the only change was to shoot the JPEGs with the Velvia film emulation option – which adds color to the image. I’ve posted a few more images from the X-E2 to a new Flickr set that I just started today.
So far, I’m loving how this camera feels and works. A big attraction for me was compatibility with the menu system, etc. between the X-E2 and my Fujifilm X-100S. It’s great having both of these so capable cameras in my “nimble photography” kit bag!
Next up – trying out the 14mm f/2.8 lens on the X-E2. Looking forward!…
Once in a while, I’ll snap a quick shot on my iPhone and, sometime later, come back and look at it more closely. This is one of those images – shot yesterday at Sharon Park in Menlo Park while out for a walk with Lily. I had just come back from the Menlo Park Library where I’d spent an hour or two looking through some of their great books – including a huge book on the French Impressionists and a large 1974 collection of Ansel Adams’ images.
Perhaps some sort of combination of those two is what I saw when I snapped this shot while on the go with my iPhone 5. I opted to post process it using Topaz Simplify 4 – with the Black and White I preset brought back into Photoshop in Luminosity blend mode. I then added an Oil Paint layer – that impressionist effect working a bit of its magic on me!
This best camera is the one you have with you – as they say – and my iPhone is that camera for me. Here’s an image taken and completely processed on my iPhone 5. The courtyard area outside Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park is normally a busy spot – except when it’s wet and cold during the winter months as it was on this particular morning.
This image was shot as I was heading into breakfast one December morning – and then processed on the iPhone using Nik’s Snapseed and Painteresque. It’s really pretty impressive the kind of photography and post-processing that can now be done one these little sensor-loaded computers that we carry in our pockets.
I’ve got a domain that I haven’t had time to develop – theworldinmypocket.com over on Tumblr – where I want to develop this theme a bit further!
Earlier today, Adobe’s Julieanne Kost shared some images of succulents she made using the Oil Paint filter in Photoshop CS6. They were great – and brought me back to images of a succulent wall that I had taken using my tiny Canon PowerShot S90 at the Sunset Magazine Celebration Weekend in June 2010. This was a display by Succulent Gardens of Castroville, CA.
I pulled this image into Photoshop and tweaked the Oil Paint filter in initially add the artistic strokes. After that, I followed with a modified Picture Postcard workflow to add more depth followed by a trip in Lab color to bring out some of the colors. Fun!
This morning while out for a morning walk at Menlo Park’s Sharon Park I played around a bit with the new panorama option that was introduced to the Camera app with iOS 6 on the iPhone 4S and the new iPhone 5. More about my adventures in a story I wrote over on InMenlo.com.
Remember – the best camera is the one that’s with you!
I’ve include a couple of examples below – you’ll find the full story over on InMenlo.com! Pretty amazing images – for just a few seconds of work. Click on any of these images to see a larger version!
Here’s another view of the space shuttle Endeavour on its tribute flight over Menlo Park – this version in black and white.
This was shot as the shuttle and its 747 carrier aircraft were departing to the south heading toward the flyover at Moffett Field. The sky was darkened with a red filter and adjusted using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2. It’s got such a completely different mood with this treatment!
Once again with this shot, I was lucky that the aircraft were turning in towards me – providing the illusion that I was almost flying alongside!
On its final flight, NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour overfly’s Menlo Park onboard the 747-100 shuttle carrier aircraft N105NA. This was the last flight for both the shuttle orbiter and the 747.
This image was shot from one of the hills in Menlo Park’s Bedwell Bayfront Park – with me being among several hundred others who had gathered on the park’s hilltops for this tribute flight.
I was very lucky to get this shot. The 747 had begun a gentle turn to the right, just dropping its right wing – which gave the illusion that I was flying right alongside – instead of standing on a hill in a park! Beautiful!
Shot using a Canon 5D Mark II using a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens with a Canon 1.4x Tele-extender. Shot in Shutter Priority at 1/1000th of a second, ISO 100, f/5.6.
Post processed in Adobe Lightroom 4 where it was cropped to at 16:9 ratio and adjusted using a bit of clarity applied just to the aircraft with the adjustment brush with a bit of post-crop vignette.
Last year, I attended Sunset’s Celebration Weekend and, among the images from that day, I especially enjoyed this succulent wall. One of the exhibitors – Succulent Gardens – had put together this succulent wall that I found really interesting.
I took the photo with my tiny Canon PowerShot S90 (since sold and replaced with an S95). It’s been post-processed a bit more than usual – first I tweaked it in Nik’s Viveza 2 and Color Efex Pro 3 before adding just a touch of Photoshop’s Pixel Bender Oil Paint and then, back in Lightroom, gradients around all four sides with a bit of darkening and subtle blurring to keep your eyes from wandering off the edges! Hope it works for you – this is one of those images where there’s so much to see – a lot of visual interest! Click on the image to see a larger version.
When I began working on it, I thought it would be a good black and white candidate – but I ended up liking this color version better. For an example of a black and white – actually greyscale (!) version of a succulent, see this one taken in San Francisco in 2009.
Yesterday, I met my friend Linda for lunch at Cafe Primavera at Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. A wonderful place for lunch sitting outside by the fountain under an umbrella!
Before lunch, I spent some time exploring Allied Arts again – a favorite spot of mine from years past. Funny how new things catch your eye that you looked past earlier – one of those included this welcome sign on the Old Barn woodworking shop. I loved the texture of the wood in this image – and post-processed it by adding some other weathered texture in the white washed wood surrounding the welcome sign itself. The original Image was taken with my tiny Canon PowerShot S95.
For more Allied Arts, see some of my early experiments in HDR shot at Allied Arts.
Pepper season has arrived at our local Menlo Park Farmers Market – and they look great!
Our favorite pepper from local grower Happy Quail Farms isn’t actually shown in the image – be sure to try the Pimientos de Padrón, a specialty of the farm and a great accompaniment to almost any grilled meat dish! Many Bay Area chefs say the best locally-produced sweet and hot peppers come from this small East Palo Alto Farm.
This photo was shot as a RAW with my Canon 5D Mark II using the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS L lens from about 10 feet away. Photomatix Pro was just for post-processing with some final tweaks being done using Lightroom 3.