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MarcoDebiasi

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  1. Ascot House Pond

    BD, this to me looks a more balanced landscape rendition. The colors (especially of the sky) are vivid and yet remain quite natural and the details pop while maintaining a good range of tonal gradations (see for instance the highlights of the clouds). Thank you for your re-editing effort which I think was worthwhile.
  2. Ascot House Pond

    Between gentlemen, no problem. I have taken a look and left a comment on your revisited image. Thanks.
  3. Ascot House Pond

    It is not a problem of my understanding or less HDR. Regardless of the specific processing behind this image, to me (and I would like to emphasize to me) the contrast and particularly the colors of this image look unnatural. The green, blue, and white look much more "electric" than those I normally see with my eyes when taking a walk in nature. Just my honest feedback with no intention to offend.
  4. Ascot House Pond

    Sorry, but quite frankly I think this image looks over-processed. The colors in particular are screaming "fake !".
  5. The Narrow Gauge

    Well done. I may be biased because I really like steam trains, but I think it is fair to say that this picture is technically excellent (composition, focus, light, exposure, ...) and, most important, it has "personality". Indeed you were able to convincingly convey the mood and style of pictures of yore. I hope to see more of these from you.
  6. DSCF6445-001.JPG - Pat Handley

    Yes! I forgot about the lighting. This is the other key element that makes this picture sing by enhancing the 3-dimensionality of the portrait and texture of the skin and hair.
  7. DSCF6445-001.JPG - Pat Handley

    John, this is a nice image. It has a good framing (I think a vertical one could also have been good), sharp subject, smooth background, nailed exposure, but most important timely capture of this gentlemen in an expressive moment of thoughtfulness. Thank you for sharing.
  8. New 80mm f2.8 macro official announcement

    My first reaction is: way too big and heavy for a 80mm f/2.8. Granted, it has all the possible bell and whistles one could think off (WR, OIS, 1:1 macro capability, ... ) and I have no doubt its image quality is super-stellar. And yet, ... I was really hoping they were making something a little (maybe just a little) lighter and smaller than the already big 90mm f/2.0. Instead, they made it even bigger and heavier than that! At this point I think those looking for a small and modern (i.e. not adapted) macro lens for the X-series cameras will just need to look again at the venerable 60mm f/2.4 or wait and hope for a Mk II version of this lens with faster autofocus, possibly WR, and (since they are at it) a more conventional filter-thread size.
  9. XT-2 Strange Shutter Noise

    If both lenses create the same sound, then I think it comes from the camera. However, in your original post you also wrote that both cameras (X-T2 and X-T10) make the odd sound. To sort things out, at this point I think you should really do a comparative test with some other cameras of the same type, either asking someone that has the same, or going to a shop with your equipment and compare it with new ones.
  10. XT-2 Strange Shutter Noise

    Shaun, welcome to this forum. It seems very odd that a lens (by the way, which lens?) changes dramatically the shutter sound of the cameras to which it is attached. You can try to do the reverse: i.e. to install a different lens on both cameras and hear if their shutter sound returns to "normal". If so, then try again with the "suspect" lens and hear if the shutter sound goes back to "strange". If indeed it turns out that the lens is responsible of this, then there may be something strange with the lens rather than the camera. By the way, on the topic of shutters changing sound, if really a shutter does so it may be a sign of its malfunction. When I was still using film cameras my Minolta X-500 at some point started to make a metallic sound when firing the shutter. Sure enough, few days later the shutter had a sudden jam and the camera needed to be sent for repair.
  11. Main differences between X-Pro2 and X-T2

    EOBeav, if you do not mind having a smaller camera, another option is for you to wait few more days until the rumored announcement (7 September) of the X-E3 which could have better performance than both the X-Pro2 and X-T2 (see http://www.fujirumors.com/fujifilm-x-e3-will-improved-af-tracking-even-better-fujifilm-x-t2/ ).
  12. Sunday Morning Flowers

    Merlin, yes, I actually meant 3 and 4. Thanks for the explanation.
  13. Sunday Morning Flowers

    Merlin, thank you for sharing. As noted before, taking pictures of flowers in open shade or with an overcast sky helps to saturate their color and to make them more appealing even if in this case some of them are somewhat past the moment of their maximum splendor. Also, something looks really odd in the rendition of the out-of-focus flowers in the background of pictures 2 and 3. Any idea?
  14. Landscape and Astro Gear Advice

    Some additional suggestions. A polarizing (PL) filter may be (sometimes very) useful in landscape photography to saturate the colors especially of grass/leaves and of the sky. Online you may find many detailed explanations of how PL filters work, e.g. one in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polarizing_filter_(photography). Since a PL filter reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor (about half than without it), in some ways it can also double as a moderate ND filter or it can be combined with a ND to increase its light-reduction effect. To avoid surprises buy a good quality PL filter as these are more complex than than other types (they typically consists of two external optical-glass plates between which the polarizing material is sandwiched). For the tripod, assuming you are oriented for a light-weight one, I am referring you to the topic below in this forum: Please note that light-weight tripods have made significant progress in recent years. While they can not be as massively stable as larger ones, for a fraction of their size and weight recent travel tripods can be surprisingly stable especially supporting lighter cameras/lenses like those of the Fuji X series. Some come already with a ball head incorporating a bubble level and the ability to do panorama by rotating the whole head around the vertical axis without disturbing the setting of the ball. For instance, lately I came across a very positive review of the Bilora ColoruredPod (manufacturer webpage: https://translate.google.com.sg/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=https://www.bilora.de/index.php/coloured-pod-details&prev=search ; Google-translated from the original page in German). I am not an expert about photo backpacks. I believe they are great for hiking but less so for taking pictures as many of them need to be removed from the shoulder in order to access their content. That said, I understand there are some exceptions that somehow allow reaching a camera without too much inconvenience. You may wish to make some search and, above all, personally try some of them to make sure they work for you. I hope this will help.
  15. Landscape and Astro Gear Advice

    JMA, before you waste time and money buying stuff, let us know what tripod, lenses, filters, bags and accessories you already have. Some of them may already be suitable for your needs.
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