Red Tree

Red Tree

Back in the edited-watercolor-and-painterly mode of last month. I can’t say whether post-capture editing in this case creates a “new” image or an improved image or just a different image. The original tree was just as striking as this image suggests. But I do like the effect that editing produces here, particularly since it hasn’t rendered the image “unnatural.” This tree – pictured here in fall colors – is lakeside in Bruce Park in Greenwich.

Larch Tree in Winter

Larch Bough

This is a Larch bough. The larch tree is distinctive in that it’s a needle-bearing coniferous tree that is also deciduous, i.e. it drops its needles in winter. The image reminds me of some works by the American painter, Andrew Wyeth, whose work I’ve always liked. I can’t say I had this in mind when I shot the image, but as it emerged in post I found myself thinking of Wyeth and wanting to achieve this particular look.

Orchids / Capture One

I’ve posted orchid pictures before (New York Orchid Show), but these have been reprocessed. The images were captured raw in the Fuji XPro-2 (handheld) and processed completely in Capture One Pro. (Click images for larger.)

Along with the transition from Nikon to Fuji (From Nikon to Fuji), I have recently decided to drop Lightroom (along with other Adobe applications) and try Capture One. There were several reasons for leaving Lightroom, among them the possibility that Adobe was going to increase the subscription prices for the photographer’s bundle.

Additionally, Fuji’s X-series cameras use an unconventional and unique sensor array, and Lightroom has difficulty handling Fuji raw images. Capture One claims to be better at processing raw Fuji images. Both Capture One and Fuji have been promoting this and other benefits. A customized Fuji version of Capture One is now available, an Express version free, and a Pro version at a substantial discount.

I was also becoming dissatisfied with Lightroom. Even with (and maybe because of) an endless stream of updates to Lightroom, Lightroom has continued to be more and more complex. I don’t think performance has kept up.  Lightroom wasn’t the complete editing tool I wanted, as I seemed to be constantly going to Photoshop and to the Nik tools to do the editing and processing I wanted. Lightroom’s digital management (cataloging) tools were also reatively limited, and I was tempted by the great things being said about Capture One. 

So I decided to try Capture One. I have been more than satisfied  – Thrilled actually. Both as a catalog management tool and a raw processing/image editing tool Capture One excels. There’s a learning curve for sure, but I’m finding that Capture One organizes its tools and workflow in such a logical and systematic manner, that learning is proceeding readily. As for raw processing and image editing, Capture One offers an incredibly high degree of control without the need for any supplementary tools. And if I do want to do some especially exotic digital manipulation, Capture One’s plugin architecture seems to work more smoothly than did Lightroom.

This really isn’t a sales pitch for Capture One, but I couldn’t be more pleased. The above orchid images are examples of what I’m getting working with Capture One. I’m excited about the clarity and colors of images from the Fuji + Capture One. 

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