Why the FujiFilm X100T

In 2016 I started taking black and white film photographs, and developing the film, and making prints, at home. Tucson Arizona is a great community for photographers, and I learned a lot by hanging out with a few photographers, including one who went to school at Pima Community College during the days of Louis Carlos Bernal, and the other who had graduated from the University of Arizona. I worked with Laura Milkens on a photo book, as I wanted to work on composition, content, and contrast, within my limited skills. The final result was a book called "Savage Beach".

I decided I would be unable to make decent color prints at home, so I investigated digital cameras. I wanted one that reminded me of an old black and white film camera, so it therefore had to have functionality accessible on the camera body, and not within menus. I looked for something whose "button" functionality would be most similar to manual black and white cameras, and found the FujiFilm X100T.

As I started using this camera, I realized there was an esthetic by Fuji users that matches the feel of the camera. I have been pursuing this esthetic, and have been working at making custom Lightroom development presets. I have examples of that below. The FujiFilm X100T turned out to be a decent video device, as long as used static on a tripod, and, it is not 4k: here are video examples from the FujiFilmX100T. 

I have been using the DataColor Spyder along with the DataColor Chkr24 color card, to white balance and color correct my photos as accurately as possible. Then, I adjust the colors to emulate some of the effects of film. I understand the density of negatives, along with the effect certain chemicals, and choice of paper, can have on the contrast of images. Also, certain tones, such as an extra blue or green, can evoke the feeling of an old photograph that has aged in a book, or in a frame. So can emulating the faded print, vignnetting, or grain.

This emotional connection I have been further pursuing using Adobe Premiere Pro to edit video clips, and add certain color effects, of which you can see examples here.


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