Few days ago I have decided to move from free wordpress site to one you host by yourself. Funny thing is that the only thing I needed was the new gallery plugin, which you can’t have with free option of wordpress. This alone (and maybe that I always wanted my own site :D) made me take few steps and learn thing or two. I have never had my own site before, except for the free one with easy site builder built in. Not that it is hard using wordpress.org because it is not… but it was enough to kick my ass few times… I didn’t want to go with “1 click install wordpress” option provided by host, I wanted to upload files on my own via ftp client and do things my own way… as always I guess heh… making my life harder for no real reason.
I am really happy with the theme (way the site looks) of the site. It is highly customizable so I have room to make things my own way without knowing too much of technical stuff.
I have to figure out colours for the site as I want it to be dark and gloomy 🙂
It feels nice… Like a small home… I just hope I will have enough “furniture”(content) to fill in the free space…
I wanted to write a post about my lame & pathetic adventure with camera which I had this Sunday. I was all over my head with moving the site so I will write about it now.
Few days before Sunday I have read that there will be a small historical event about old days of my city. I thought, why not go there with camera and tame myself a little.
I woke up that day still not sure if I will go or not. I’ve put camera battery in charger in case I’ll decide and go there. I was going to my grandparents for dinner that day and in last minute before we went out I have packed the camera and took it with me. During the dinner I already knew that right after it, I will go there. After a little driving I was at the place, which was the old town square. I went to nearby museum which I believed was hosting the event but it wasn’t. I have learned about the right places and went there right away. The main thing which interested me the most was a historical martial arts show. After “Game of Thrones” & “Vikings” tv series I really wanted to see it 🙂
When I got to the place I was little disappointed. Only a bunch of people, two tents etc. It was sad… not because the attraction wasn’t big enough but because they did not get enough viewers… There were only a few people around them… maybe two families with their kids and that’s all… I loved their outfits, weapons, accessories, they were very nice and polite. They let people know that you can grab, check and examine everything they have there. I had my hand busy with the camera so I just grabbed an axe, sword and checked the weight, balance etc. If not the camera I would probably love to borrow the whole outfit from them, grab an axe and shield and pretend I am Ragnar Lothbrok hahaha
I asked if I can take a few photos of them and they agreed with smile on their faces. It really made me feel bad… sad… they were so nice, they fucking deserved bigger crowd!!!! See I am weird that way… I feel that kind of things very clearly, I am very emotionally sensitive for that kind of matters.
I wasn’t there to make photos of everything I can see like a madman Asian, I needed to feel things and be able to show something filtered by my own emotions. Overall, there wasn’t a lot that I wanted to get pictures of… They were not fighting because they waited for some more people to show up. I didn’t wait and went to a building next to them for some exhibition. It was ok, lots of old vases, rocks and shit… nothing interesting enough to get pictures of. On my way out nice lady asked me if I am going out already because there is more on first floor, and so I followed her.
There were only two exhibitions there and one I really liked. It looked like a small sandpit. It supposed to present the burial of a man during this given period. The lady kept talking and talking but I was thinking only about how am I going to take these pictures,which part of them and what settings should I use lol. After minutes of history lesson I had some free time with the Mr Skeleton. My shots were rushed and I didn’t really get what I wanted… She was eager to talk some more but I just wanted to think and take pictures… at some point I even thought about asking her if I can take some pictures of her too xD but I decided she wasn’t interesting enough… or was I just too scared…? probably both options.
After a while in that room I heard iron clanking outside and I nicely said goodbye to knowledgeable and smart lady.
Jesus f christ… it feels like I am writing a book here… book about nothing lol…
Anyways I went outside and saw kids attacking shields held by warriors, I have prepared the camera settings and by the time I was ready the have already finished… lol
After a while I heard that they they will make a little fight between themselves and I was excited about it. When they started I thought I was ready but I wasn’t… they moved a lot and I didn’t know where to keep my focus in order to get sharp pictures… I was changing shutter speed, aperture and tangling between focus modes… trying to get at least some of the action in focus. The have finished after a while and I was getting angry… I left the place because I thought there was nothing interesting to shoot anymore. I got to my car, packed the camera and dispirited drove away. Shooting stills is one thing… shooting moving objects is totally different cake…
When I was driving back to my grandparents in order to bring my mother back home, I thought maybe I will stop by and take couple of photos of fountains and people around it on main street of the city. Without giving it much thinking this is what I did. I needed some nice photos to cheer me up. I was confident about myself, mainly because I was a little angry and dishearten with previous shooting… and I felt like I have nothing to lose.
After a while I was taking pictures of the main attraction of the street which were the fountains and place where people could rest. I was trying to get a nice sharp pictures of water bursting out of the ground and the children playing around. I enjoyed it. While I was waiting for the sun to come out from clouds I phoned my mother and informed her that I will be a little later, she wasn’t pleased.
When I felt that I have what I came for, I have moved towards my car. On my way back I saw pigeons being chased by a little girl and I thought, it might be a great photo. I tuned settings quickly for fast shutter speed. She went to her mother who was seating on a bench nearby. When I heard her mother saying something about me taking pictures, without much thinking I asked the little girl if she could chase some pigeons for me. I really wanted to capture that moment. I’ve had a vision in my mind which I really wanted to create with a photo. After few attempts she scared birds enough and they flew up a little. I took a picture or two, I thanked loudly and gratefully and moved on to my car. I was really happy… I knew that the photos will be probably blurred, out of focus and crap but I liked the idea that I interacted with random people.
I went back to my grandparents, mother was pissed because she waited for me long, but I was ok. I have had some pictures in my camera and some of them might be really nice, I was really happy about it.
I shoot in RAW format. I love developing pictures on my own, messing with settings, making the photo how I want it to look.
When I got home I hooked x100 up to a computer and started transferring files. Then it struck me…
All my photos were in Jpeg format… no sign of RAW files too… for a moment I couldn’t believe it…
I thought ” but I changed it! right before I went out to my grandparents… (I have had RAW + Fine option selected before, but decided to change only to RAW file format because I never use j pegs anyways…)”
Yea… I have changed it from RAW+Fine to FINE… It was top option, so in my little brain it meant best quality… best quality but it is still jpeg…
In few words for people who doesn’t know what I am talking about:
RAW – raw file, all data stored exactly what sensor in camera have captured… and because of that you have great field of manipulation….
JPEG – file already automatically processed inside the camera, lots of data is lost but the file size is smaller…
Fuji-film cameras are well known for amazing image quality and real colour reproducing in jpeg files.
I doesn’t help me much though… as my pictures are very often over or under exposed… which is not a big problem with RAW format as I can fix it easily, unless I go full retard mode.
No colour bending this time… I will still try and see what I can do about it but probably most of the photos will finish in recycle bin…
So yea… this is the story… simple overlook and all your potentially good photos are gone…
This was my 3rd go out with fuji x100 and I am still not completely sure if I want to sell it or not… The camera here is not the issue of course.
If I will sell it… what will I post here?
I will edit this post and attach some photos from this event, if there will be any…
Thanks for reading!
(It took me few hours to type it… believe it or not…)
Ok… so I have salvaged few images… and yes working with jpegs is a pain in the ass… but most photos were shit anyways…