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My X100 Arrived!

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JPizzzle

great photos! Those colors are great, are you shooting in raw or are the colors from one of the jpeg options?

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AndyS

Hi! I pre-ordered my X100 yesterday from J&R. Here's to hoping it doesn't take forever to arrive! (Is it okay to post before I have an X100 in hand?!?)

Christopher, I notice you wear glasses. How is the viewfinder when wearing them? Is it significantly larger than an entry-level DSLR? My D3100's viewfinder is driving me crazy! And I like your shots, too!

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Unfortunately my glasses do give me a narrower view through the viewfinder, much like with a DSLR. When I look through it without my glasses, I'm a little bummed at what I miss! I wouldn't say it's been a problem though, I just have to be a bit more careful if I'm trying to perfectly frame something. Sometimes I have to shift my eye slightly to see all of the digital indicators.

Compared to my Canon 60D, which has a larger viewfinder than entry level DSLR's, the Fuji X100's optical viewfinder is larger and brighter. That may be slightly deceptive though because the X100's viewfinder provides a wider view with frame lines, while DSLR's show 95-100% of the image frame. I hadn't used my 60D in over a month up until last week, and I found myself missing the view through the X100.

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StanleyMcguffin

love the gas pump the the X100 seems to love shoot rusty textured objects

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Christopher

This is from my early experimentation with street photography, taken on the train.

Ticket Validation

I took the photo back in May, but I felt conflicted about sharing it because I think it gives the wrong impression of what was really happening, despite being a very interesting scene! The officer was actually just explaining how to validate a transit pass at the ticket machine.

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skunkeing

Christopher,

I just got around to looking in this thread this morning and I'm so verry happy I did. These are amazing images. I can't even pick one I like most, because I'm just a fan. Love the colors, the patterns, the movement from stillness. Awesome. I almost never shoot straight on anymore and you have completely inspired me to do just that. I really, really love these. Are these truly the straight out of the camera RAW? Do you bump saturation and luminance? Run these through any kind of tonal correction? I notice some of your shots have a little vignetting. Are you applying this in RAW or afterwards in PS? Or heaven forbid...are these actually real light fall-offs? : )

That last shot is very interesting. Kind of a morale dilemma. It absolutely looks like that guy is about to be arrested in a heated confrontation. Knowing the real backstory is a very cool example of how we read things into still images through the composition and critical moment captured. Not always the whole truth, but a truth nonetheless.

I went out this morning and shot a few shots as my Christopher homage. Will post them soon.

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skunkeing

Not actually shot with the X100, but inspired by the "Christopher Collection". :)

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Christopher

Thank you @skunkeing, those are looking good.

I do shoot RAW, but these images have been edited. The color is very close to original, however I do apply a subtle tint. I also edit the tone of the images a bit to increase the contrast and bring out some of the more subtle details. Lens distortion and vignetting is removed in Lightroom, and then I restore the vignette after editing. When the X100 shoots JPG it actually removes the lens vignette in processing, but with RAW it remains. They have also been sharpened a bit.

My urban photography series is a collection I'm working on for a future art show. My current art show, Rail Yard, features abstract images from train cars, framed in a similarly parallel manner. They're very textural, with bold colors, intricate details, and hidden typography. Take a look at the current set on my website at www.chrismarks.com.

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skunkeing

Love the train cars. You'd have a blast shooting some of the taggers street work here in Brooklyn. I knew a wonderful painter a few years back that did a similar kind of study doing these huge oil on canvas work of cereal box art. Seeing just a painted sliver of a Sugar Smacks box or a Corn flakes logo blown up to wall size...had the same kind of hypnotic effect as the rail cars. Very cool stuff. P.S.- I'm interested in your...subtle tinting idea. Do you do this in the RAW conversion tint slider or as a layer in Photoshop using some other technique?

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Christopher

I think I'd be so overwhelmed shooting photos in Brooklyn, I'd make it down one city block and my memory card would be full!

The tint is based on a cross processing filter from onOne, applied at around 8%.

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Gezamo

All your wall image photos are so great. Very graphic design feel to it. Love them all.

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Pelixiano

it's an awesome set of photos

you really like straight lines are you

i guess you are an architect

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Joe Orban

Nice photos. I see approximate golden-section ratios in some of the photos, well done compositions.

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Guest

Thanks everyone :)

I want to get out and shoot more but it's been dangerously hot the past two weeks, over 110°F (43°C) every day. To make things worse, I usually only shoot on cloudy days, and there hasn't been a cloud in the sky for weeks. Hopefully monsoon season will start early this year...

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