Fuji X100F: ACROS in Chicago's Graceland Cemetery
Having acquired the new Fuji X100F earlier this week, I decided to give it a workout today with a trip to Chicago's beautiful Graceland Cemetery. I usually shoot RAW only as I like to tinker with Lightroom edits and I have a lot of my own profiles I use, but Adobe hasn't added RAW support for this camera yet, so I shot this whole trip in ACROS+R. This is my favorite of the Fuji film simulations and the release of the "F" model is the simulation's first addition in the Fuji X100 series. I still made a few Lightroom edits, most adding clarity and contrast.
All of the images from this trip also utilized Fuji's TCL-100. I choose to use the teleconverter (TCL) because when I shoot cemeteries I typically am draw primarily to the statues. I find that I approach shooting statues is very similar way to general portraiture. The TCL gives the X100F a slightly better portrait focal length. I also used the "F"'s new digital teleconverter for a few shots, which is essentially just a digital crop. I've never used a digital teleconverter before, but it was a nice tool to have and looking over the pictures I cannot tell a big drop in image quality.
No trip to Graceland Cemetery would be complete without a picture of "Eternal Silence". I'm a fan of photographer Michael Kenna and I once read a piece he wrote about the difficulty photographing something that everybody photographs, I think he used Stone Hedge as an example. Shooting at Graceland Cemetery presents a challenge in this way, because it is probably the most photographed cemetery in the Midwest and "Eternal Silence" is its most visited monument. I don't think I've quite discovered the enigma of "Eternal Silence" yet, but I attempt to shot him in a different way each trip.
For those of you who are photographers and who are interested in the Fuji X100F, it is very quick and responsive. I shot with the X100T for almost a year and the difference in speed is noticeable. Autofocus worked perfectly throughout the shoot. The camera feels solid and comfortable in hand, but I will be picking up the thumbgrip when it becomes available because I have found that it added comfort and stability on all the Fuji rangefinder style cameras. As I was leaving, I got stopped by a guy carrying a big Nikon camera. He was curious what camera I was using and then wanted to know what the pros and cons I saw compared to other cameras. By that point, I had been walking for several hours and miles so that answer was easy for me....size. Even with the TLC on the camera, which adds considerably to the size of this camera, I carry this little camera without really ever noticing it. It's a pleasure and it takes lovely pictures in ACROS.
Here's a few more pictures from this trip. Thanks for looking!