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X100: Portrait with jelly donut at Hanukkah

Discussion in 'Fuji X100 Forum' started by phdezra, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. phdezra

    phdezra SC Regular

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    Jun 11, 2012
    Quick snap at a Hanukkah meal... menorah lit in background, jelly donut stuffed into mouth. Is there more to life?

    Scroll down to see crop of image as well.

    X100 @ f/2, 1/60, ISO 500. EF-20 bounced off ceiling.


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    And here is a crop to see the insanely good sharp details. Certainly clean enough for me at ISO 500...

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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    the photo is good.....the thread title is freaking awesome. Also.....didn't realize the EF-20 tilted.
     
  3. phdezra

    phdezra SC Regular

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    Jun 11, 2012
    Ha - yes. Jelly donuts galore. Anyway, yes the EF-20 does tilt. I think it's a great flash that doesnt get much credit. I had the newer EF-X20, which has same GN rating, but smaller. That one doesnt tilt and I foudn it provided very harsh lighting, even with flash EV at -1.

    For my EF-20, I usually set it at EV -0.5 directly on the unit, and bounce off ceiling. Stofen makes a diffuser that fits right on top of it as well.

    Here is another with EF-20, same evening, but in a much dimmer part of the room than the first photo. IE, first photo was at 1/60 ISO 500 but this one kept at 1/60 forced Auto ISO to dial up to ISO 1000 (!) . This child's eyes are dark, so whereas the first had blue-grey eyes and thus appears more immediately striking, yet this one allows you to linger for a moment and the crucialness (imho) of the catchlights due to EF-20 in her eyes. Without the EF-20, I think this picture would be much 'flatter'.

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  4. phdezra

    phdezra SC Regular

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    Jun 11, 2012
    And here is a clean crop.... love the details in the freckles... :)

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  5. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    well I love freckles.....period. But that fact aside, and the fact that I am almost always a natural light shooter, I can actually see the merits of both flashes. Catch lights rule.
     
  6. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris
    1. Those jelly donuts look awesomely delicious.
    2. The photos - especially the crops - are wonderful, the kind a family wants to keep forever. The one with the boy is an all-timer.
    3. I also love freckles.
     
  7. phdezra

    phdezra SC Regular

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    Jun 11, 2012
    Thanks - yes, the donuts were delicious. The X100 continues to amaze me (makes me wonder why I was a moron and sold my first one before re-buying one).

    The crops are so insanely good for my purposes. Mind you, I have a few kids, so I've become a 'lazy' photographer the past few years. Thus, clean crops and high quality images from a portable camera are HUGE. :)
     
  8. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Now I want a jelly donut!!! Excellent shots.
     
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  9. spinyman

    spinyman SC Veteran

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    Dec 21, 2011
    Valley Center,Ca.
    David
    These are jpegs?
     
  10. phdezra

    phdezra SC Regular

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    Jun 11, 2012
    Yes. Pretty much SOOC, but resized.
     
  11. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Jason
    Very nice.


    Mmmmmm donuts.
     
  12. pointbob

    pointbob New to SC

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    Feb 28, 2013
    you use velvia setting or?
     
  13. phdezra

    phdezra SC Regular

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    Jun 11, 2012
    Nope - I believe I had this set at Astia.
     
  14. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    That is really, really good flash work. If you didn't mention it, I wouldn't have known you used flash.
     
  15. phdezra

    phdezra SC Regular

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    Jun 11, 2012
    Yes - the EF-20 kicks butt (IMHO) compared to EF-X20. The EF-20 can be bounced off the ceiling and with a diffuser on it, the resulting image is superb.