I got back home yesterday. I'm too jet lagged and scatter brained to do much of anything today, but I did manage to upload a full res file of that one Sigma time exposure night shot that I had promised to. The new link is back in the thread, but here it is again so nobody has to go back and look for it. I'm not generally a pixel peeper but this one is sort of fun to pixel peep to check out all of the detail in the buildings and mountains and stuff... Easy enough to click through and then select the full size version...
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I typically read this forum from my smartphone when I have breaks in my day. After seeing these shots on my iMac, I'm going to read these form the computer more often. Because of Ray's posts, I've told my family, "next summer, I vote we take an RV trip across country, or, how about a trip to ITALY!". (We'd be fortunate to do either one, honestly. These pictures really make you want to go.
Thanks so much I'm glad the photos have that effect. I'm sort of in the "come down" phase right now of the memories make me want to go BACK! I'm gonna have to dream up some projects to keep me distracted from thinking about it.
When in doubt, go wide... I can't believe I almost didn't bring my Fuji and 14mm. I'd fully run out of inspiration for shooting in Praiano, shooting with the 28 and 35mm. So this morning I took a short walk with the 14mm (21mm equivalent) and shot a lot of the same stuff I've shot already with the Nikon (28) and Sony (35). I just see better for some types of shooting with a wider perspective. Narrow little Italian Village walkways are an obvious place for it. I expect this camera/lens is going to get a LOT of use in Positano in the next couple of weeks.
You just need to think of other new and exciting places to go, that's all!
Just wanted to say that
A) As I go through these, I am beginning to know which are shot with the fuji and which aren't, and I almost always like the Fujis best. Either the X100 has infected me with something, or I got very lucky when my wife got it for me. Either way I just think the Fuji renders things the way my brain likes, and this cements it.
B) Speaking of cementing things, those 14mm shots make me think my ideal second camera is the XE-1 with first a 14mm lens and then something longer as money allows. Over and over I gravitate to wider lenses.
Kind of an interesting place to come to that conclusion because there are so FEW of them... There are four batches of Fuji shots (page 3, 6, 8, and 12) and then just a very occasional shot here and there. I like them too, but not more than the others. I really love the way the RX1 and Nikon render and the Sigma is from some alternate universe - the land of amazing detail. The Fuji is the least detailed of the camera's I brought on this trip, but it does have that sort of creamy look to the files. Even in raw, which I found myself shooting on this trip. I've always shot jpegs with my Fuji's before, but I guess I had the XE1 set to raw at the beginning of the trip for some comparison I'd probably been running previously and it was a bunch of photos before I even realized it. And I was happy enough with the results to just leave it there. Definitely rather Velvia-ish look, but a lot of that's probably my processing.
I do like wide angle a LOT though. To the extent that 28mm is my preferred every day focal length and 35 is as long as I like to go unless I specifically want to go with portrait length or longer. But the 14 might be as wide as I want or need. I brought the Olympus 9-18 out and only used it for a couple of cloud shots one day - the 14 is pretty much wide enough for anything I ran into on this trip and not sooooo wide that it looks cartoonish. The 14mm is what's kept Fuji in the game for me - I sold off my 18 and 35 because the Nikon and the RX1 had those functions covered better for my purposes and I just liked the RX1 more than the X100s when I shot with both. But that 14 is a SWEET lens - if only the aperture ring wasn't SOOOO loose...
The Zeiss lens has seduced you on that RX1 in all honesty I wanted to upgrade to that route after I sold the RX100 then opportunity came in when I found a GR in stock through Amazon.
I got my books from Blurb, a couple of the small ones available for sale (8x10) and one of the larger ones I had made up for myself with better paper (11x13) and figured this was a good time to revisit the cameras.Ray,
I was wondering if once you return home and get a good overview of all your images if you could go over what you think are the strengths and weaknesses of each of the systems you used and when and why you used them.