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HDR IMAGE FROM A P&S JPEG

Well, here’s an HDR-processed image from a camera that I’ve recently made a return to. The original was a jpeg – there’s no option, as this camera doesn’t support RAW files – and I’ve really enjoyed the convenience of not having to spend ages on a pc, processing RAW files from those cameras from manufacturers that seem to rely on their models’ RAW capability to get away with dreadful in-cam jpeg processing.

One notable exception is the Olympus E-P1 ….although RAW-capable, I seem to always be very pleased with its jpeg output, needing little in the way of post-processing to get the results I’m after. As you know, I’m taken with its colour output as well – exceptional is the word. Just not pocketable.

This camera I’ve recently returned to is also able to offer exceptional colour output – but it’s certainly not OOC (‘out-of-camera), and the files need a little work to achieve their potential.

And the camera – it’s the Fujifilm F200EXR.  

Why ? Simple.  Just great dynamic range capture that rivals that of some DSLRs, in a single exposure without any fuss. I thought I’d look elsewhere – mainly in seeking great colour output from a pocketable compact – and managed that with the Canon S90…no doubt, a great piece. But not-so-great DR is noticeable, and even the RAWs don’t enable quite the DR of the F200EXR with such clean images. That’s quite something, as we’re comparing in-cam jpegs with pc-processed RAW files. Hmmmm.

So, one should never assume that the latest, greatest RAW-enabled compact is gonna do it everytime. Progress with caution – because sometimes, it’s not necessarily ‘progress’.

 

NEWweb1067x600P1120602NXIt’s common knowledge – amongst some, anyway – that I’m not one to spend ages ‘post-processing’ images, although I do spend some time on each of my photographs. None are straight from the camera, but for several months, I thought LX3 RAW files to be unnecessary, and enjoyed ‘multi-film’ mode and the immediacy of the jpegs, with just a few levels, contrast, colour and sharpening mods to get them how I wanted them to look.

More recently, in my interest to gain as much quality and flexibility from the LX3 as possible, I’ve shot RAW files, and used the supplied SilkyPix software for initial processing, finally saving each file as a 25MB tiff.

Shot this evening at dusk, I’d missed the best of the evening light, but came across this scene as I walked from the car park near to a local lake. With signs of a decent sunset – which I enhanced later in Capture NX – this RAW file has given a better result than a couple of earlier attempts in Photomatix HDR software.

Although not necessarily aiming for a typical high-dynamic-range style, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of latitude available from the RAW file from my LX3. The final version is again testament to this stunning camera that is fast replacing my SLRs for everyday shooting where portability, convenience and file quality all count.

As usual, there’s much more to see at http://nickbland.zenfolio.com, where you’ll find many LX3 galleries, most separated into subjects, for ease of use. Feel free to leave a comment on here or on the zenfolio site – I’d be interested to know of your own experience with your LX3.