Whiling away the hours hasn’t been as difficult as I’d imagined it might be. Anyone of retirement age and beyond knows the pleasure of easy days, falling asleep with a good book, binge watching, early starts, late starts, early nights, late nights,
opening a beer before 06:00, afternoon naps and more. Watching our adult children struggle with enforced stasis is much harder. It’s not like we can do much for them.
And, there are endless catalogues of ideas, projects and other ways to pass the time everywhere. I’ve tried a few – as I mentioned in an earlier post, one of mine was learning Photoshop. That ended up in a copy of Capture 1. So much for being frugal.
I’ve also spent many hours trying to work out how to get Mrs Jappy to give me Pascal’s Hasselblad X1D after I’d done away with him – some skilful demise that no-one would ever pin on me, while I explored the wonders of medium format.
Nope. That’s even less likely than me learning how to use Photoshop.
The reviews I’ve read. Lately, all focussed on medium format and meant to lead of course, to my own purchase of an X1D or a 100mp Fuji G series.
Meantimes and foremost in my mind in recent days has been one image. Shot before sunrise at the lagoon area in Kleinmond, a small seaside town near Cape Town in South Africa. To date, Lightroom records I have fourteen versions, none remotely satisfying. The best LR and Photoshop could manage was a plastic-y grey sheen, or unrealistic 100% black.
Capture 1 nailed it first time for me. It’s now about as close to perfect as I may ever get.
Deep in mentally assembling a post for DearSusan, I fell to wondering what had I used to shoot this epic? I felt sure it was my Fuji X-Pro2. Couldn’t have been the X-H1 as it was still in development at the time.
No. What I’d shot this cracker with now sells for around $US350 on eBay, it’s 16mp sensor laughably out of date.
It was of course an X-Pro1 (and the wonderful Fuji 90mm f2). A camera I feel compelled to use from time to time because I’ve kept it for almost five years and am completely besotted with the photographs it helps me to take.
By today’s standards, it’s quite ancient; there’s no dioptre adjustment for the eyepiece, the controls on the back are a bit oddly placed and harder to master than on later X-Pros. It’s also quite slow and will often miss focus completely. A bit like the Leica it apes, really.
And, despite Fuji’s regular firmware upgrades since its release, it’s limited by the technology of its early 2000-era processor. In particular, it doesn’t offer the wonderful emulations that come with the later and more capable Fujis.
But for all that, it does take great pictures and I can live with its shortcomings for the pleasure it brings. All of the accompanying images were shot with the X-Pro1 – you may have seen some before. I don’t care, it’s a great camera.
Phew. I’ve managed to not bring Pascal to an untimely end and saved upwards of £10k I’d have otherwise spent on buying MF kit.
Lockdown? Seems like I’m quite enjoying it after all.
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