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May 12, 2003 Derrel


I liked the color of this scene when I saw it, and it's translated very,very well using MacBibble as the raw converter. I did a head-to-head test of EX and MacBibble in 16 bit tiff, and this is a very small web reduction from a MacBibble16-bit tiff. The EX output,in several tries, just could not compete with the MacBibble output as far as color,and adjustment in PS never did yield a truly satisfactory color scheme from the Fuji EX-created TIFF.
I actually worked pretty hard on this composition, attempting to show all the various stages of chive coloration, like the lighter-purple color of the more-mature blooms that show up in the lower left and right corners of the frame,and I also worked hard to show the various stages of the plant's blooming phase--with both pods and recently-bloomed heads with their pod skins still clinging to them. To me,as a "chive fan", this photo has a lot of clues as to the plant's overall health and stage of maturity,and it successfully shows all the color phases the plant displays throughout its blooming period, which is rather lengthy actually.
This is yet another photo that looks great at 1200 to 4256 pixel height, but which really loses a lot at this 704 pixel tall size. I might have to upload a 1200x pixel version of this photo to satisfy myself.
Using the 80-400 VR lens at around 230-255mm with the Kenko 20mm extension tube gives a lot of potential for fairly shallow depth of field shooting,and in a situation like this, it's hard sometimes to decide exactly where the sharpest focus could be placed. I think this is a pretty good placement of what depth of field I had to work with. WIND and focal length are the main reasons I elected to stay at f/9.5 and 1/90 second,and not close the lens down another two clicks to f/13....1/45th second is very prone to wind motion on plants...1/90th gives just that little tiny bit of extra protection that even 1/60th does not offer.

FujiFilm FinePix S2 Pro ,80-400 VR Nikkor
1/90th at f/9.5 ISO 400 RAW at 237mm with Kenko 20mm extension tube Custom WB 1 full exif

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