Photos from the New iPhone X

I admit it.  I'm a huge Apple fanboy.  I have loved Apple's products ever since I purchased an iPod many years ago.  I subsequently purchased the first iPhone and have purchased the new iPhone every year since.  It's become a yearly holiday for me; "iPhone Day."  I'm not just an Apple Fanboy.  I happen to also be a huge fan of all technology.  Although Apple is my favorite I actually own the Samsung Galaxy S8+ as well which I love.  I will spare you the details on my love for all gadgets and get on with my thoughts of the new iPhone X's camera.  

Each year Apple releases a new iPhone with an improved camera and this year was no exception. Like previous iPhone Plus models the X features dual real cameras.  However, the X features a zoom lens that includes image stabilization and handles low light shots better.  The wide angle lens features an f/1.8 aperture while the telephoto lens features an f/2.4 aperture.  

Apple has also added new Portrait Lighting modes in iOS for the X as well as the iPhone 8 models.  These modes have been extremely fun to shoot with.  The front facing camera now features portrait mode and utilizes the Portrait Lighting modes as well. 

As with other iPhones the camera is an absolute joy to use.  The quality of the photos are very good and it's always with me.  A common saying in photography is that the best camera is the one you have with you.  Below are some more shots using the camera on the iPhone X.  

iPhone X wide angle lens 

Human Tripod

Street photography is about capturing a moment in time that can be preserved forever.   It's about documenting the world around us.  It's about creating a window into a historical moment in time.  I often travel to Disney in Florida which is plethora of such moments.

On our most recent trip I captured an interesting shot of a woman carrying a young boy on her shoulders.  You might be thinking that's there's nothing unique or interesting about this frame which would be my thought as well. But this boy was holding a nice camera which made the shot very interesting in my eyes. So I quickly raised my Fujifilm x100F camera and snapped the shot which is below. 

Human Tripod

The shot was taken using the Acros-R film simulation and then processed using Lightroom.  Shot details are below.  

  • f/5.6
  • ISO 200
  • 1/640 shutter speed  
  • Acros R film simulation  

Food Truck Rally with my x100F

Last weekend I attended a food truck rally here in Jacksonville Florida.  I normally don't attend these events but a friend of mine was going and invited me so I thought this would be a good opportunity to get out with my Fujifilm x100F camera. 

The first thing that stood out to me was how many food trucks were at the event.  I also noticed that there were a lot of people which is perfect for street photographers.  There were also a lot of dogs at the event which I found to be interesting.  For this event I pretty much kept the aperture at 8.0 and the film simulation at Acros-R.  I then imported my photos into Lightroom and upped the clarity to add more depth to the photos.  

"Butt Hutt"

Yet another dog at the rally 

"I'm going this way instead..." 

Clothes for Sale at the Rally

They did a good job keeping the area clean

"Fresh Fish &"

"Whisky Made me Do It"

Weekend at Disney with my Fujifilm x100F

I spent this past weekend at Disney in Florida and I brought my new Fujifilm x100F along with me.  Let me first say that little beauty didn't all.  It performed extremely well under varying conditions including low light, quick moving park guests requiring quick AF etc.  Below are some of my favorite shots from the trip.  The black and white shots were taking using the Acros-R film simulation while the color shots were taken using the classic chrome film simulation.  They were then processed using either Adobe Lightroom or Lightroom Mobile on my iPhone 7 Plus.  

Monorail Life
Smile and a Wave
Cool Jacket
Monorail Station
Grand Floridian Resort
Of Light and Shadows
I Heart Disney
Be Our Guest
Beautiful stairs at Disney's Grand Florida Resort
Bridge to Neverland
Disney's Riverside Resort
Monorail Line
Life on the Monorail
Disney Balloons
Storybook Circus
Through the Smoke


Three Trees

Three Trees

I have always been fascinated with three trees at the end of the parking where I work.  I got out of my car this morning and several elements just came together to make this awesome frame.  The morning light was incredible with fog rising from the stillness of the water.  This frame is one of the reasons I always carry a camera with me.  Sure, I could have snapped this using my iPhone 7 Plus but I wanted to capture it using my Fujifilm x100F's classic chrome film simulation which is easily one of my favorites.  I then imported the photo into my iPhone and processed it using Lightroom Mobile and VSCO cam.  

Foggy Morning

Foggy Morning

The sunrise was absolutely incredible this morning with the fog coming up off of the water as the sun was rising up over the trees and horizon.  I took this one using my Fujifilm x100F camera using the classic chrome film simulation.  I then imported the RAW photo into my iPhone 7 Plus using a SD card reader.  I made some minor updates using Adobe Lightroom Mobile before posting it to my Flickr account.  

Morning Dew

Morning Dew

The sunrise was absolutely gorgeous this morning.  The fog coming off of the water and the beautiful light generated by the blue hour was amazing so I just had to capture it.   The photo was taken using the new Fujifilm x100F using the Classic Chrome film simulation mode and then imported directly into my iPhone and processed using Lightroom Mobile and VSCO cam.  Beautiful start to a beautiful Friday and weekend!  

More Thoughts and Shots from my First Weekend Using the x100F

I wanted to share a few more thoughts about the x100F as well as some of my favorite shots from this past weekend where my wife and I travelled out of town to a wedding.  I’m not a big fan of weddings and I find myself extremely uncomfortable in large social settings.  In order to take some of the sting out of the trip I ordered the new Fujifilm x100F camera to take along with me.  I was hoping to be able to get some good street and candid photos from the wedding as well as other settings during our trip. 

The x100F presents me my first opportunity to use the Acros film simulation.  I primarily shot with this setting most of the weekend and I must say that it didn’t disappoint.  The resulting jpegs were absolutely amazing and required little to no post processing in Lightroom. Other than some minor cropping most of the shots I’m sharing are straight out of the camera.  This is something that I’m loving as a street photographer who prefers to do as little post processing as possible.  With other cameras I would typically shoot in color and then convert my images to black and white and then spend even more time adjusting the contrast etc to my liking.  With the x100F this workflow is no longer necessary.  I simply take the photo and then do some very minor edits for cropping before posting and sharing.  

The combination of stunning jpegs straight out of the camera and built in wifi makes it extremely easy to shoot and then share my shots while I’m on the go.  Below are a few more shots from this past weekend. The black and white shots were taken using the Acros film simulation with strong grain while the color photo was taken using the Classic Chrome film simulation. 

Reception Mingling
Free Smells
Gotta Check Facebook Again
Flare Glare
Wedding Musician
After the Wedding
Wedding Reception

A Weekend with the New Fujifilm x100F

This blog entry isn't intended to be a full technical review of the new Fujifilm x100f camera.  Rather, I just wanted to give you a glimpse into my experience with it this past weekend.  When Fuji announced the Fujifilm x100F a little over a month ago I just knew that I had to have one.  Ever since I purchased the x100s in 2013 I have been a huge fan of Fujifilm and their X-Series cameras.  The x100s has been my all time favorite camera...until I got my hands on the x100F this weekend.  Now the x100F is easily my all time favorite camera.  

What else can I say about its design?  It's just gorgeous with its retro range finder design and having the complete exposure triangle, (ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture), on the outside of the camera makes me nostalgic for old film rangefinder cameras.  I'm also loving the Acros film simulation which I'm finding to be a must setting for street photography.  

My wife and I had an out of town wedding schedule for this weekend so I was happy to initially learn that the x100F would be released a week before our trip.  However, my happiness turned to disappointment when the release date was pushed back a week and one day before we were to travel out of town.  I updated my shipping option to over night shipping so it arrived just hours before our trip. 

Below are some shots from the weekend.  I'll be posting more later.  All color shots were taken using the Classic Chrome film simulation while all black and white shots were taken using the Acros film simulation with strong grain.  

Stadium Sunset
Light and Darkness
Stadium Selfie
Shadowy Tree
Room with a View

Street Photography in St Augustine

I spent my morning today processing some more photos from my recent trip to St. Augustine.  My Fujifilm x70 camera was the perfect street photography companion.  Below are some more shots from my trip. 

"AC/DC" - Fujifilm x70

"Street Tattoos" - Fujifilm x70

"27 Cowboy" - Fujifilm x70

"Abe Window" - Fujifilm x70

"Street Shadows" - Fujifilm x70

"Umbrella for Two" - Fujifilm x70

The Great Escape

My wife and I journeyed to the historic city of St. Augustine with her parents yesterday.  St. Augustine is one of my absolute favorite places to visit and take photographs.  It's a gold mine for excellent street photos so I brought along my trusty Fujifilm x70 camera for the trip.  Below are some of my favorite shots that I have processed so far.  

"The Great Escape" - Fujifilm x70

"Smoke Break"  - Fujifilm x70

"The Patriot" - Fujifilm x70

"The Bar" - Fujifilm x70

"Bench Warmers" - Fujifilm x70

Three Trees

 Processed with VSCO with 7 preset

I've been at my current job for a few years now and there are three trees that catch my eye everyday I come into the office.  They are located towards the back of the parking lot and are usually isolated from cars early in the morning and late in the afternoon which is conveniently during the best times for the best light also known as the golden hour.  I couldn't resist snapping a quick shot the other afternoon using my Fujifilm x70 which I always have with me. 

Test Driving the Camera on the iPhone 7 Plus

Test Driving the Camera on the iPhone 7 Plus

Purchasing the new iPhone as become a yearly event/holiday for me.  When I first purchased the original iPhone many years ago I never envisioned that I would be using it for photography.  The camera in the first device was mediocore at best.  The cameras on mobile devices just keep getting better and better.  There's also now a plethora of editing and processing apps to choose from.  It's amazing how we can now use mobile devices as our main camera, photo processor and photo sharing utility. 

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Dramatic Sunrise

I was perusing some old photos again this morning and found a three shot HDR set.  I processed it and I thought it turned out pretty good.  I really liked the drama in the sky.  I was tempted to title it "Nature's Drama" but decided that I wanted to focus on the sunrise more instead hence the title "Dramatic Sunrise."  

"Dramatic Sunrise"
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