This is the third and last photo from this Mount Bonnell mini-series, where I featured people from this popular Austin overlook. Like the two previous photos, I took these in January before the city, and much of the world got locked down.
I made this on the second day with my new Fujifilm GFX 50R — part of my early test to get familiar with the camera. The picture above looks pleasant enough, but it was enhanced with a fair amount of post-processing. I really should have exposed it better in the first place. I could offer a lame excuse like I wasn’t familiar with the camera, but that’s not really valid. This medium format GFX 50R shoots nearly the same as my more diminutive Fuji X cameras. It’s just a bigger camera.
Luckily, the larger than full-frame sensor gives me a lot of post-processing latitude. The photo below is the original. You can see how dark it is, especially the dog.
I’ve mentioned in my previous posts how I love the resolution of this 51MP camera. True, it is very nice. And yesterday, I featured a brilliantly colorful photo, featuring its robust color. However, what this camera really excels at is dynamic range. The ability to pull details from the shadows and to tame bright areas.
I used the excellent Capture One 20 software to post-process, lifting the shadows, primarily, along with a slight crop. I also used the brush tool to dodge (brighten), the dog. I think it made for a convincing set of edits. I’m not an expert at post-processing, so I give much of the credit to the big sensor on the GFX 50R.
Incidentally, for any camera, dynamic range decreases as the ISO is increased. I shot this at ISO 200, close to its base value of 100, which gives nearly maximum latitude. I detect no noise or loss of acuity on the dog, even viewed at 100%. Something that lessor cameras with smaller sensors can’t do as well.
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