Seals at Muir beach    
August 29, 2016

These Muir beach seals appear to be enjoying today's mild weather. That's the Olympic peninsula in the background.

Despite my enthusiasm for film simulations (see yesterday's post) this photo is not a sim, it's a raw file edited in Lightroom which for some reason I prefer to the Velvia and Acros sims that I also created.

I'm listening to an interview with Colson Whitehead (NYT books podcast, 8/11/16). He's got Garcia Marquez' effortless transitions between realism and fantasy. The interview helped me see and understand some of the fantasies in his novel, the Underground Railroad.

Seals, Muir Beach
230 mm   f/6.7   1/500 sec   ISO 200  X-pro2
Fuji Film Simulations    
August 28, 2016

I was in Port Angeles last week. Port Angeles is the closest town to the trail heads of Olympic National Park's Hurricane Ridge so it's popular in the summer with hikers. And it's not a bad place for a few night's stay. Within a few blocks are several good restaurants and coffee shops, a bookstore, an outdoor gear store, and a grocery that reminds me of one of my favorites, Staff of Life in Santa Cruz. Lacks a good hotel, though. No dispensary either.

As I said, a nice place to spend a couple days. In the morning you can grab coffee and breakfast then head up to Hurricane Ridge, about a 45' drive, to hike. Then, come evening, walk the central town grid, all six blocks of it, eat dinner, then walk the boardwalk and the paths that follow the water. Climb the tower and look out across the strait, to Canada in the distance.

The photo was taken using the Fuji and Acros film (simulation). It is the Coho ferry, arriving for its next-to-last stop. After a short time it will leave for Victoria. It's a pretty grainy shot, but it doesn't look bad in black and white. I’ve long used black and white, especially for nighttime shots like this, even though it takes some processing work. However, this was created in a much easier way thanks to the Fuji. Much easier.

But first, I'll review the Nikon way: download to computer, edit the raw file using a combination of NX2 and/or Lightroom, convert to black and white with Silver FX, then spit out a jpg.

And then there is the Fuji way: choose film simulation. Done. With Fuji you always see the photo through the retro concept of a film, chosen from Fuji's well-executed film simulations. And if you change your mind, you can go back and change the sim. The Fuji will even send the image to a iPhone for furthur processing (Prizm, say) and then posting.

in summary, Fuji photos are quicker to process if you like one of the sims. With Fuji you can even post on the road. If only the Fuji images were as good as Nikon's.

I'm listening to Excellent Birds by Laurie Anderson.

Coho arriving in Port Angeles
22.3 mm   f/3.2   1/7 sec   ISO 6400  X-pro2
Port Angeles    
August 20, 2016

It's a heat wave in Port Angeles today so I went up into the mountains to hike the Sunrise trail in Olympic National Park. The sky was a bit hazy from forest-fire smoke but it was still a beautiful hike. All photos shown were processed in camera using Fuji's Velvia film simulation, then posted via iPhone.

18 mm   f/8.0   1/500 sec   ISO 1000  X-pro2
55 mm   f/8.0   1/500 sec   ISO 1000  X-pro2
18 mm   f/8.0   1/500 sec   ISO 500  X-pro2
18 mm   f/8.0   1/500 sec   ISO 800  X-pro2
18 mm   f/8.0   1/500 sec   ISO 1600  X-pro2
18 mm   f/8.0   1/500 sec   ISO 1250  X-pro2
18 mm   f/8.0   1/500 sec   ISO 320  X-pro2
Revised August 28, 2016
August 19, 2016
I'm in Seattle where I checked out the Seattle Art Museum. Two floors, a nice range of art. Currently showing R. Crumb's Book of Genesis with its sexy women, hunky men, and overall lush imagery.
R. Crumb's Book of Genesis
Seattle waterfront
55 mm   f8   1/750 sec   ISO 200  Fuji X-Pro2 XF18-55