First X100S Urbex Test: Life Amid the Ruins

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by entropic remnants, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    Made a deal with Luke to get his X100S and he my X100. I decided to do a test to get some shots for my "Life Amid the Ruins" series in which I shoot urbex handheld in dark places. The X100S should improve the quality of the shots even without stabilization.

    This was a quick lunchtime trip so I didn't get a lot and some things simply didn't work out. I was able to get some shots at slow speeds but unlike Zack Arias, I couldn't get down to a 1/4 second hand held, lol. Two of these are ISO 6400, one is ISO 1600 and one is an ISO 12800 shot. One is ISO 800 but it's from an HDR bracket.

    Here's what I got.

    ISO 6400 first

    Life Amid the Ruins: Wheeless Chair by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

    ISO 800 HDR bracket.

    Life Amid the Ruins: Seeing the Now from the Then by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

    ISO 6400 again

    Life Amid the Ruins: Larkspur #414 by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

    This next one is the ISO 12800

    Life Amid the Ruins: Yazoo by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

    Next is ISO 1600

    Life Amid the Ruins: Couple of Hosers by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

    Overall I'm quite impressed. Everything was shot JPG but I did post process. I only had to manual focus a couple of times the whole day though I had to pick my point to focus on carefully. Still, I don't think the X100 would have focused at all in many of these situations.
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I still remember seeing your shots the first time. They were the LX7. And I was thinking "how the hell does he may those look so good". Now they look several steps cleaner, and I'm still asking the same things. Good to see you're putting the extra IQ to good use. Some of us overprocess and shed IQ (me) and others process hard to extract the most IQ (you). I think the trade worked out well for both of us. And now your wide-angle adapter is going to BB to re-ignite her X100 passion. Everyone wins. Keep up the great work.
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  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    That second shot is my fave.
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  4. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    John, you make every camera you touch look like a winner...
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  5. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    Thanks, guys! Much appreciated!

    Great, Luke! It is an win-win situation and I'm glad the wide converter is going to a good home. I know some (Like Ray for instance) vastly prefer a 28mm fov in a fixed lens camera.

    I want to add, that I'm so impressed by the Fuji processing that keeps high ISO shots from looking flat. It's amazing how much pop they still have even before I tweak them. I furthermore can't believe I'm still shooting in JPG but that's "The Fuji Experience", lol.
  6. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Tis most awesome John!!
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  7. demiro

    demiro Serious Compacts For Life

    Dec 15, 2011
    I agree. Amazing image. Is that in Chester?

    John, what are your "rules" for this photography in terms of interaction with your scene? Do you only capture what you discover, or tweak scene a little, or totally arrange things for some of your shots? They all look totally natural to me, so impressive no matter how you work it.
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  8. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Amazing shots as always, John. Bravo!
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  9. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    Rules? There are rules? lol -- thanks by the way.

    I don't move things around as a rule (there's that word again) -- it's not that I feel like I can't, it's just that I like to "find" the shot in what's there. I would not be averse say to changing the angle of the wheelchair (I didn't in this case) or something like that but I rarely "build" a scene. It's standard stuff: practicing "exclusion" to try to find something that has nice light, a discernible subject of some kind, and so forth -- while not including too many (or any if possible) distracting elements. I try to find an angle that gives some kind of context, but not too much if that makes any sense?

    It's in Marcus Hook, PA, just south of Chester.
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  10. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
  11. demiro

    demiro Serious Compacts For Life

    Dec 15, 2011

    Makes sense, I think. I recall a shot you had posted of an asylum (maybe). A shot of a hallway where all the doors were open at pretty much the same angle. Very cool shot. I wouldn't blame you a bit if you arranged that one!

    OT, the original Hershey Chocolate plant has been shut down for a bit now, and is undergoing some sort of repurposing. I'd love to see what you could do with that setting. Iconic smokestacks at the east end of the plant came to mind when looking at shot 2 above.
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  12. porchard

    porchard SC Veteran

    Feb 24, 2013
    Devon, UK
    +1 to this; but they're all so good - as usual..!:smile:
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  13. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    I don't think I've ever seen anyone else make decrepitude look beautiful. John... just wonderful! My favourite is the shot in the first group, with that card of rayon thread.
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  14. Agreed.
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  15. serhan

    serhan SC All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    Well done!
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  16. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Your work blows me away, John. You really deserve to be making some good money with photography. Oh, BTW, would you say it's worth saving for an X100s versus going for a leftover X100 if one found one at a lower price?
  17. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    They are both very good and both unlike anything else -- but IMO for many of us the X100S is worth the wait and the cost. However, X-Trans does have a certain look and some don't like it. I think it behooves you to really look at photography from both cameras and think about it.

    Mainly, other than X-Trans, the X100S brings in some significant operational improvement, and a more sensitive sensor as well. Some of those improvements may be included in that new X100 firmware that is on the verge of being released, but not all of them and of course you can't get X-Trans with a firmware update.

    Either camera is worth having, IMO.

    And thank you, Steve!
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  18. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
  19. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    Jun 10, 2013
    Fantastic photos ( and congrats with the S!)
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  20. BigTam

    BigTam SC Regular

    Jun 23, 2011
    Dortmund, Germany
    Many thanks, John, for confirming that I could take wonderful - in the literal meaning of that word - shots with my X100, if only I was a good photographer like you ...

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