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Shot with Lumia 950 XL. DNG format. Processed with Silver Efex Pro 2 and TrueGrain

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Walking by the seaside

Walking by the seasideThe old ‘kit’ lens still performing well. Shot with Nikon D5100 AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR | Camera settings: 35 mm, f/5, ISO 200, 1/2000 sec, 0.00 eV | RAW processed with Lightroom 5, Silver Efex Pro 2 and TrueGrain (2016, Egmond aan Zee)

Flat RAW -> Silver Efex Pro 2 -> TrueGrain ( Bergger BRF-200 )

Starting with ‘flat’ RAW

Sarah Flat Raw

Applying Silver Efex Pro 2

Sarah Silver Efex Pro 2

Further applying TrueGrain w/ Bergger BRF-200 (dynamics and grain)

Sarah TrueGrain

Showing what further processing can do with a ‘flat raw’. Note: No sharpening or noise reduction was applied (‘analog grain’ was added though). Shot with Nikon D60 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 35 mm f/1.8G | Camera settings: 35 mm, 1/125 sec, f/2.0, ISO 280, 0.00 eV | Flat RAW processed with Silver Efex Pro 2 and TrueGrain w/ Bergger BRF-200 (2016)

Emulate Film

Emulate FilmThe thing with modern digital camera’s is that they take pictures sharp as hell. I have a IQ monster myself with the Sigma DP2 Merrill. But sharpness isn’t everything. A photo needs to be alive. It needs to express itself. Sharpness is just one of the methods. It is not the ultimate heaven of ‘a good photo’. Grain, for instance, is an opposite of sharpness. Grain is somewhat like Noise, but has its roots in analog film where you have the chemical ‘grain’. Emulate grain takes a digital picture back in time to the analog film days. It can be quite pleasing. I have started to like grain, esp. in black and white shots. But I don’t want to shy a way from using color. Here I shot Sarah and Charlie with my Sigma DP2. You will see it is not razor sharp although the Sigma DP’s are renowned for being sharp IQ monsters. The 1/15s exposure caused some blurriness. Does that matter? Not at all. It makes the photo breath of life. And when I run the flat RAW through DxO Filmpack 5 and emulate color film and grain you get the end result presented here. A ‘living picture’ without being distracted by things like razor sharpness. Shot with Sigma DP2 | Camera settings: 41 mm (fixed), 1/15 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 0.00 eV | RAW processed with Lightroom 5 and DxO Filmpack 5 (2016)

Ceci n’est pas une diapo

Fake SlideWell, it’s not a slide, because I faked the effect with aid of DxO. But if it had been a slide the title still would be correct according to René Magritte, because a real slide you would be able to hold in your hand, whereas this slide is only an image on your screen … :)

Shot with Nikon D60 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 35 mm f/1.8G | Camera settings: 35 mm, 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1600, -0.67 eV | RAW processed with Lightroom 5, DxO FilmPack 5 and Silver Efex Pro 2 (2016)

The reason I bought a good camera phone …

Family shot… is because I wanted to be able to make shots like this one. My mother was visiting us. She is ill. So good, pleasant shot opportunity are scarce. My wife, kids and our dog Charlie were sitting around my mother. The sunlight fell perfectly through the window. I needed to capture that moment. No time to get hold of the big Nikons, or other cameras in the house. No, no time to loose. So I took my Lumia 930, and made the shot. It came out perfect. I’m really impressed. Don’t argue over the last pixel detail. The shot itself is perfect. The composition and the smiles. And the quality is way above average. It is a true keeper. Shot with Lumia 930. DNG processed with Lightroom 5 (2016)