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Fuji XE1 RAW file for download

I was asked to share one of my XE1 Raw files…

Sure… I have no problem with that! Just make sure you’re happy with my Licensing rules first. If you’re not happy with my rules then just don’t download it… if you promise to play nice… then just click on the download button… warning, it is a 25mb file… (you will need to click on the download button again once you’ve reached my dropbox page)

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Fuji RAW file

 

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Fuji X-E1 Raw files

Forget the Fuji raw converter…

I think I already had said somewhere here that the Fuji raw converter is about as much fun as giving yourself root canal therapy! During the past week I upgraded to Adobe Photoshop CS6 and that includes the new Camera Raw that handles the Fuji .RAF raw files with ease… Now that I have this ability I will be shooting in RAW on the X-E1 and will run some tests over the coming weeks… but it is good news for those of you considering one of these as this was the ONLY thing that would stop me from seriously shooting with this camera, I will now be using it a whole lot more.  I am still waiting for an answer from the developers of my favourite HDR software ‘Photomatix’ to see when it will support RAW files from the X-E1, it will only be a matter of time as it already supports several other Fuji camera’s raw files.

Today’s iCandy – Redline Opera

I like working with car lights to see what creative things happen. Under the bridge this section is single lane, so all you have to do is wait until the cars travelling away from you get the green light and you will get red light trails, the headlights of the waiting cars from the other direction added a nice lighting on the railing to my left…

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Over 3000 likes and counting!

Beautiful Fiji

I posted a photo on the Tourism Fiji Facebook page that I had taken when I was on my annual holiday. I just love Fiji and wanted to share one of the many fantastic sunsets I shot whilst I was there. This image has been so popular it has over three thousand people giving it the thumbs up, it has been shared over 250 times and has in excess of 100 comments… I am guessing the image is a winner!

I have posted the original image as today’s iCandy below… enjoy!

Facebook is a great way to share your photo's

Facebook is a great way to share your photo’s

I have re-organised the shop…

My online store was a right royal pain in the bum to use, there was a million and one sizes to sift through to find the one that was right for the image you wanted. After the feedback from several customers I have had it sorted out so when you select an image, you only get shown the sizes that will work for that image, saving you time and frustration!

Just a reminder too, if you’re looking at giving someone one of my images for Christmas, the lab will need a week to print and courier it to you so get your orders in now. You can save 30% with the code Xmas2012 visit the gallery now

today’s iCandy – Sunset at Bure 53

What a beautiful part of the world to sit and enjoy a cocktail (or three)…

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Fuji X-E1 and HDR

Your questions answered…

A lot of people must be considering the X-E1 as their next camera… maybe you are too! I get over 100 hits a day on my blog with the X-E1 in the search term and I have had over a dozen requests to test my X-E1 out doing HDR and to post my findings here. Finally… I have done just that.

The X-E1 is a great camera, and the only short fall that I can see at this stage is to read the .RAF RAW files the Fuji creates you need Photoshop CS6 (which I don’t have) or use the Fuji supplied RAW editing software (and it sucks!).

For me, I have my D800 for shooting raw and wanted the Fuji as an everyday walk around camera. It is much lighter than the D800 and the image quality is damn good… I don’t need to shoot RAW for everyday snaps so the whole .RAF RAW file issue doesn’t bother me too much.

I have a page dedicated to the X-E1 that I am always updating and adding photo’s to… you will find it HERE

How does the X-E1 perform when it comes to shooting HDR?

On my recent trip to Fiji I decided to test it out, here is the original photo, this is taken with ‘Average’ metering. Given the dynamic range of the scene the camera is not going to be able to capture all of the detail with the limited dynamic range of the sensor.

The Correct Exposure using ‘Average’ metering

To take the different exposures I need for a HDR image the Fuji is limited in the way that you can do this. You could use the auto bracketing but would need to fiddle with the EV comp dial anyway to get the desired range in the exposures so I like to just use the EV comp dial and forget about the Auto Bracketing function. Maybe they will have a software update like SONY did that will make the Auto Bracketing more HDR friendly. Until then, the EV Comp dial is very easy to access and use.

Selecting +2 on the EV Comp dial

Selecting -2 on the EV Comp dial

After processing the image with Photomatix pro, here is the final HDR image, I used Photomatix Pro, I have tried lots of HDR software and find Photomatix the best. Use the Coupon code ‘ON3LEGS’ for a 15% discount, you can get it from here -> Photomatix DOWNLOAD

The Final HDR image

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Hydra Pro HDR Review

Coming soon to the HDR one online magazine!

If you’re into HDR photography like me then you will know there are a few different software packages available and a few different methods for achieving the look you’re after. You will also know that there isn’t one HDR software program that does it all. Is Hydra Pro 3 the answer?

My friend Jimmy who founded and runs HDR one, the internets premier online HDR magazine asked me to check Hydra Pro 3 out and right a review for the magazine. I am just about finished with my testing and I am adding the final points to my review. Keep an eye out for it on the HDR one site over the coming weeks… maybe it’s the HDR solution you’ve been looking for?

today’s eye candy – No Kidding

This is the Kids Pool at Castaway Island Resort in Fiji. The sign reads “no running, no jumping, no diving, no kidding!”, They have an adult pool too, but this one was much cooler so we spent most of our time in it!

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