I am just a week back from a great trip to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument with my southwest shooting friend Bill Ratcliffe ( and joining us for a day, Holly Ratcliffe). I have quite a few images that I will be working on to share to all of you as well as a field review on the new Fuji X-T2, which joined me on this trip. I will give you a small hint - it performed flawlessly and was the complementary bookend to my Fuji X-Pro 2.
But before I get to all of that I will be co-leading my 2016 Fall in West Virginia Workshop with my partner Martin Radigan. We have a great group of folks that will be joining us this coming weekend to chase the light and waterfalls in one of the most beautiful locations in West Virginia. In addition my new article for Fuji X Passion Magazine will be going to press this month and will feature many of the shots I took in the southwest with the X-T2.
The image above was taken on a very cloudy and overcast day. We had just been up higher elevations at Bryce Canyon which was laden with a thick fog that obstructed any possible view of the iconic hoodoos in the amphitheater. Down below in Red Rock State Park the thick storm clouds moved in creating a very dramatic scene. This is a single file captured with the X-T2 and the XF10-24mm OIS lens. I am extremely impressed with the ability that I have to really work the XTrans III files to bring out all of the nuances in the image, and in the case of this image, the incredible detail in the rocks and the subtle layers and tones in the approaching clouds. The final RAW file was processed in Lightroom with the Fuji Acros Film Emulation, +R, and finished in Photoshop.
Des[ite the inclement weather we lightened our moods by capturing some personal images, and in this instance, I was assisted by Holly Ratcliffe. I approached the processing on this image a little differently than normal. Sleeklens asked me to try out some of their Lightroom and Photoshop Presets. Though I have quite a collection of presets I find that I typically do not apply them in the majority of my landscape work. But with my new work in street photography and architecture I find that they are a great starting point. The above image was begun with a Sleeklens Preset from their Landscape Essentials Bundle. I quite like the effects and tonality and will be preparing a new blog post on these presets with some sample images. So be on the look out for this as well as new images from Zion and West Virginia, and the upcoming article.
Thanks everyone for all of your support. RHC