Have you ever wondered how often you use a particular camera or a lens? Or how often you shoot at certain aperture or ISO settings? Or how many photos you shoot per month or year?
For those of you that have missed the saga, this is what happened.
On October 5th Adobe released a dot upgrade for Lightroom 6 (6.2) and Lightroom CC (2015.2) that completely (and with very little warning) changed the way the import process works. The big change was a new Import window with a different design and layout to the old one. Adobe also removed some of the import options, leaving a supposedly simplified interface to work with.
Before I went to China in August I published a list on here of the photo gear that I was going to take with me. One of the items on that list was a Helios 58mm f2 lens. I only used it once during the trip but I made some good photos with it and I’m glad that I took it (if you don’t have a piece of kit with you, you can’t play with it while you are away!)
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 14mm f2.8 lens, 1/125 @ f9, ISO 400
There’s a seaside town in north-west Galicia called Muxia. The town has a church (Virxe da Barca) built on a rocky outpost facing the sea. On the rocks below it is a stone (Pedra d’Abalar) which people crawl under for luck. Muxia is on the final leg of the Camino de Santiago from the city of Santiago to Finisterre (or Fisterra in Galician, the local dialect). Pilgrims and tourists pass through, visiting the church, taking selfies, crawling under the lucky rock –and getting in the way of photographers like me who would just like to take a photo without anybody in it.
After leaving China we flew on to the UK to visit family. Now we are spending a few weeks in Galicia in north-west Spain. It’s a fascinating region, green and mountainous, mostly rural. There’s a mixture of gloriously beautiful unspoilt beaches and dramatic rocky coastline. Inland there are country villages, ancient monasteries and lots of old stone churches.
View from the City of God Pavilion, Hangzhou, China. The predominant colours are green and grey.
Fujifilm XT-1, 35mm, 1/180 @ f5.6, ISO 800
I may have been showing you my photos from China too quickly.
The main benefit of waiting between taking photos and processing them is to view them with a more objective eye, away from the excitement of taking them.
Fujifilm XT-1, 18mm lens, 90 seconds @f11, ISO 200
This photo is taken from the moat that surrounds the Forbidden City in Beijing. It was made with a 18mm lens, a shutter speed of ninety seconds and the aperture set to f11. No neutral density filters required as it was dusk. The orange glow on the brickwork is from the street lights on the other side of the water.
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Fujifilm XT-1, 35mm lens, 1/400 @f10, ISO 1600
The Forbidden City is one of Beijing’s most famous attractions. And rightly so – despite the crowds and the heat exploring the temples, alleyways and buildings of this fantastic structure is a very enjoyable experience. If there were less people it would be easy to imagine life in the Forbidden City in ancient times when it was the Emperor’s residence.