I shot the above a couple of weeks back in Mongkok. It’s not a strong image but I like the composition. I’ve been trying to work more in Lightroom / Photoshop instead of Snapseed. This photo was exported from LR as a JPG and tweaked a bit in PS. I like the Google Nik Collection – especially Color Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro. The collection is a steal for $150. In Color Efex Pro I use a the tonal contrast and detail enhancement filters a great deal. Silver Efex Pro is unrivaled for greyscale conversion.
Back at home for the duration. I gained an extraordinary amount of weight during my travels. What can I say, I’m a hedonist – I like to eat, drink and be merry. My slimming down regime has limited my time behind the lens. In a week or so when I’m controlling the fat instead of the other way around I’ll be a little more active. The weather has been perfect in Hong Kong for shooting lately, not too hot – just enough heat that you know summer – sickening, sticky, sweaty summer – is on the way. I should take advantage of the weather while time is on my side. Seeing your sweat pooling on an the LCD screen make you really hope the camera is in fact weather resistant. (Do they do a sweat test? They must.)
Not much to write about on the gear front. I’m happy with all I’ve purchased by still have yet to take the XF23mm F/1.4R out of the box. My bad. There’s probably some of you utterly angry just reading that. But, it’s true. It’s sitting on my office shelf, in that cool Fujinon packaging. Maybe today, or maybe tomorrow, I will give it a whirl and report back.
I’m getting more interested in post production. Answer in the comments – what are you using as plug-ins? Do you use the Google Nik collection? What are your faves? What don’t you like? I look forward to seeing what’s popular.