Weight and Stuff Report – 13 April 2013

Up a wee bit today, but never mind…

After the usual shopping, I took the Metro to West Monkseaton. From there I walked to the coast, and along to St Mary’s Island. As the tide was nicely out, I walked out to the island, and had a short wander around it before returning to the shore. At that point, I decided I’d done enough walking, and got a bus back to Newcastle, then another one home.

The walk was moderately long – something like five miles, though not quite as long as the Garmin thingy claims, as I sort of forgot to stop the app until after I’d been on the bus for a few minutes. But it’s not too far off:

North Tyneside

North Tyneside

I did, of course, take my shiny new Fujifilm X100S with me. I’m really interested to see what it can do with in-camera processing, so I’ve been setting it to record both a raw[1] file and a JPG. The raw file gives me the chance to improve any exposures that didn’t quite work, and the JPG lets me see what the latest technology can do. I set the camera to use the Velvia film simulation, which is intended to give especially rich colours.

On taking one picture, I found a problem – I wanted to use a really shallow depth of field, which means a large aperture, which in turn means a short exposure. Now for reasons that are apparently technical and to do with the design of the shutter, if you’re not shooting in full manual mode, the fastest shutter time you can get at f/2 is 1/1000 sec, which is normally quite fast enough. Only on this occasion, I was shooting a bright object against a bright blue sky. This caused a quite nasty over-exposure. So, I used one of the features I’d never had cause to use on the X100 – the build in neutral density (ND) filter. This reduces the amount of light getting to the sensor, so allows a longer exposure, and all works nicely. I quickly set the ND filter to the Fn button, so I can turn it off and on instantly. And this is the result:

Fuijicolour!

Fuijicolour!

Camera: X100S
Aperture: ƒ/2
Shutter speed: 1/680s
Focal length: 23mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 13 April, 2013

No adjustments other than reducing the size for web use.

I’m going to have to work through all the settings and do a lot more playing with this little beauty.