Fujifilm Velvia

I will not add to the weight of Fuji X100s reviews on the Internet – other people are much better qualified, suffice to say, I think it is a wonderful camera. The retro look and controls remind me of using my Dad’s Werra and just to complete the nostalgia trip, it nestles in a brown leather case (£16 from Amazon, not the £70+ Fuji version!).  Excellent results are very easy to achieve from a great sensor and lens and, as one of the online reviews says, it sees in the dark.

I am not entirely sure why I do this other than to see instant results – the camera has seven custom settings for commonly encountered situations.  I tend to shoot in black & white with a virtual red filter or, as in these examples, in Fujifilm Velvia simulation mode. All of these images are straight from the camera – the only Photoshop CC adjustment has been to add a pencil-line border and watermark. They were all shot 1/3 under-exposed at ISO 400.

The name Velvia is a contraction of “Velvet Media” and refers to its smooth image structure. It is known for its extremely high level of colour saturation and image quality. I think under-exposing the simulation has over-egged the saturation – another time I would opt to over-expose. Given that most of this could have been achieved post-processing I am not sure of the advantages of simulating in the camera – except – would I have arrived at the images in the previous post without starting from here.

Langdale Little Langdale Tarn Path to Slater's Bridge Slater's Bridge Slater's BridgeElterwater

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern – we have just returned from a brief visit to Ambleside in the Lake District; Thursday was typical weather for the area, heavy downpours interspersed with light showers for most of the day.  We are fair weather walkers so we looked for some dry alternatives to slopping around in Cumbrian mud and came across the 17th Century farmhouse at Townend, now in the hands of the National Trust.  Owned by the same farming family for 400 years it is a remarkably well preserved example of a rural life which has long since disappeared.  The first picture shows the refectory table where the family, staff and farm workers would gather as a group to eat next to a large open fire which was lit throughout the year.  The lasting impression is of darkness; the dark heavy oak furniture, the dark stone floors and the blackened fire surround; the straight chimney flues would be no barrier to back drafts on windy days, filling the dark room with gusts of smoke.  The view to the outside world is through tightly patterned windows which, on summer days, cast their patterned shadows on the dark floors and furniture:

Townend FarmhouseTownend Farmhouse

There is a collection of family photographs, a unique library of books, carved furniture and canopied beds, the canopy serving to protect the occupants from anything that might fall from the rafters – nothing much romantic about four-posters in this context.

Townend Farmhouse

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