Shooting HDR with the X100
I went out to shoot some street photos around Dublin yesterday and I ended up conducting an impromptu experiment. I had taken my two fuji cameras with me. My X100 and XE–1. The XE–1 had the 35mm lens on it and the X100 with its wider 23mm gave me a good amount of flexibility. However, I ended up just using the X100 the whole time. As I was walking through Dublin, I’m not sure whether it was the light, or the ridiculous amount of roadworks, or the fact that I was watching a class on the subject the night before on Kelby one, but I was suddenly more aware of the textures and grittiness all around me, and so I decided to try some HDR.
It turns out the X100 is a great little camera for HDR. While it can only do three shots on auto bracketing, this was perfect for what I wanted to do. The way it shoots them is really good for HDR too. They are taken in rapid succession, almost like it was one shot. It takes a while to write them to the card then, which in the past I have found quite frustrating, but in this case it wasn’t a big deal as I wasn’t in any hurry or trying to capture moving objects.
Back on the computer I put the shots together using a combination of Lightroom and Photomatix. I hadn’t actually used Photomatix in ages, and I’m quite impressed with the new version (version 5). Fixing ghosts and getting a good balance now seems easier than ever.
Once I had processed them and created a tone mapped Image I sent it back to Lightroom where I used one of my Quick Lux presets to add some additional styling to the shots. I’m really happy with the way they turned out. I don’t do much HDR so I’m sure I’m breaking all sorts of HDR rules but it’s great to get such complexity out of such a small camera. I should point out that this is the older X100 too, not the X100s.
Anyway, here are some of the results of my playing around. Enjoy….
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