Some days it is refreshing to just keep it simple. A rare afternoon around Belfast I decided to approach the Fujifilm X100F with a degree of simplicity. Opting just to shoot in JPG model I capped the auto ISO to 800 and adjusted the shutter speed to between 1/500 – 1/2000 to dial in the depth. The camera was set to the ACROS-G film simulation and sharpness +1 shadow -1.
I took a totally casual approach to capturing images, I saw capturing but it process was basically snapping in the general direction of subjects. I refused to engage with the camera or check any of the shots until I was back at the computer.
In Lightroom I reduced the blacks and increased the clarity (max 10) to add a bit of grit to the image. I had to adjust the exposure in one or two of the shots and I used Lightroom’s built in straightening tools for some of the street shots to correct the verticals.
It was a liberating experience, minimal thought about what was going on in the camera and even less engagement when it came down to post production process. As I made my way around the city this casual approach had me actually looking and seeing what was around me. There is a much more going on in Belfast on a busy Saturday afternoon than I ever expected. Push but do not enter.
I have loved the X100 experience ever since the original Finepix X100, it is a special camera that offers remarkable versatility whether it be for landscapes or casual days out in the city.