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I've recently noticed some bright pixels in photos made with my FUJIFILM X100T, and they repeat in all photos at the same place. The consistency of their location confirmed they were dead pixels.
So, I tweeted @FujifilmME, asking if they have a solution. They directed me to contact Mr. Mohamad Al Moumani of FUJIFILM Middle East for assistance, and I emailed him. He was a professional gentleman, prompt, and offered several solutions to examine the camera. But since I was planning a trip to Dubai, I asked if I can deliver it myself & he generously accepted.
In my visit to their office, I met Mr. Al Moumani and Mr. Kawamura, who took my X100T and gave me a FUJIFILM X-T1 with a 56mm f/1.2 lens (they knew how much I adore my Canon f/1.2 lens). I didn't expect such generosity, but I was happy that I'll have the X-T1 to test with an excellent lens.
One thing that I immediately missed, was the lack of an ND filter, like the one I had in the X100T. Shooting at f/1.2 without an ND filter was a real challenge, especially at bright sunlight with a shutter speed limited to 1/4000. I, of course, totally forgot about enabling the electronic shutter that can go as fast as 1/32000. I lost a few opportunities, but I promise not to forget about the electronic shutter again :)
The next day, I received a call from Mr. Al Moumani informing me that my X100T was fixed. Their software was able to revive the dead pixels, and my images were clean again. They even gave me an extra battery as a gift, with the free repairs. We discussed the FUJIFILM plans for Saudi Arabia, and I was excited to hear about their plan to give us more attention than ever.
So, I took the metro back to my hotel apartment ...
I'm back to Riyadh now, let's get back to work ;)
After almost 16 months of neglect, I am back to carrying my daily camera bag.
My previous daily camera bag was smaller and lighter. The camera had a fixed 35mm f/2 lens, which was a bit too wide for some of the compositions I wanted. True, it was perfect for street photography, but I wanted more. Here is my previous bag:
In my new bag, I've changed a few things:
- Upgraded from the FUJIFILM X100, to the X100T. This fixed many things for me, mainly, the autofocus hunting issue. It was so bad, that you'll loose the photo opportunity, before the X100 was able to get the correct focus. This should have me covered for wide compositions.
- Added a new a camera body and lens: Canon EOS-5D Mark III and my beloved Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II lens. It took me a while to grasp the shallow depth of focus, but you pick it up with practice.
- No more: iPad, and gorillapod. Added some new batteries, and chewing gum :)
The new bag is heavy, around 5kg, which may feel heavier after a long walk. But it's a test, let's see if I can endure it :)
We all see the colorful HDR photos on the net, increasing the vividness beyond the natural look of things; But that's not how I'm using HDR. Here's what I do:
First, I set my digital SLR camera to bracket 7 different photos. This means shooting:
- +3-stop metered photo
- +2-stop metered photo
- +1-stop metered photo
- A correctly metered photo.
- -1-stop metered photo
- -2-stop metered photo
- -3-stop metered photo
Then, I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC to merge the 7 frames into one. Capturing usable details from every exposure. I know the chandelier isn't exactly a great example, but it will nicely show the highlights and shadows merged into one usable image.. Great for internal architectural photographs.
What's new with Lightroom CC, is it creates a RAW file for the merged result, which makes it great for further enhancements.
Around 10:20PM this evening, our pet bird Oogie-Boogie died after a week-long struggle with illness. We started noticing improvements earlier today, but it was too weak.
2012 - 2014
Here are some memories..