Photographing Upper North Shore High Streets As If They’re Frames From A Documentary Movie

It’s an unbreakable rule that we carry a camera and at least one lens with us everywhere we go every day and make at least six exposures each time even if we throw most of them out. 

As with the bodies of athletes, the eyes and shutter release fingers of cinematographers and photographers should be exercised each and every day to some degree. 

Varying what we create images of and how we do it is essential to that exercise regime.

We’ve been thinking about panoramic aspect ratios and longer focal lengths for the safety of distance from locals careless about spreading COVID-19; so today we chose our venerable Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R and selected the most panoramic aspect ratio our daily carry camera offers, 16:9. 

We’d love to supplement our old 56mm f/1.2 with its recent update, the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R WR, but funds mitigate against that for now as does the need to update so much of our production hardware.

Normally we’d prefer our Fujinon XF 50mm f/2.0 R WR for its more documentary-style fast autofocus and higher optical quality, but our old 56mm lens has a certain charm in its optical character though we’re not really fond of so-called “character lenses” given our documentary background.

We processed these Fujifilm X-Trans raw files in the latest DxO PhotoLab Elite and although the results using DeepPRIME demosaicing and denoising are good, we are so looking forward to DxO’s software developers adding full support for X-Trans including DeepPRIME XD.

Based on our tests of DeepPRIME XD on Panasonic Lumix Bayer raw files from smaller Micro Four Thirds sensors, the ability to select DeepPRIME XD for X-Trans raw files should add extra dimensionality and detail especially in the low values.

We hope we don’t have to wait too much longer for equal and full support for Fujifilm X-Trans raw files in all of DxO’s excellent software.

The locals seem to live in a world all their own with their truck-sized glossy black or road-blending grey European SUVs, huge block-filling European-style or 1920s Hamptons MacMansions with all the built-in gadgets and luxury resort lifestyle optional extras, non-vegan cafés and restaurants and a plethora of real estate agency offices lining every high street.

Given this is what we have here without risking COVID-19 infection by jumping on a bus or train into the city, our nearby localities are as good a documentary subject as any.

We’ll swap making these sorts of images between our Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R and XF 50mm f/2.0 R WR lenses to see what handles the subject matter best without the benefit of DeepPRIME XD at least until DeepPRIME XD supports Fujifilm X-Trans raw files.


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