Category Archives: Fonthill
The last two Sundays I was leading groups at Fonthill. As these were not my workshops, I had a chance to snap a few images with my Fuji X-E1. All images shot with the Fuji 14mm 2.8 prime lens. The last image is a 5 shot HDR capture processed with Nik HDR Efex Pro 2.
Once again, I was blessed with a great group over the weekend for the Eastern State Penitentiary, Graffiti Underground and Fonthill workshop. My friend Dalyn (see pictures below) was kind enough to join us again as our model. This time I said, come dressed as you wish, always risky! Only he would come looking as he did! Needless to say we had a bunch of fun!
The lead image is a jpeg capture of the wonderful Fonthill before we went inside to shoot. Its a jpeg, because I accidentally switched my camera to jpeg instead of RAW. That said, I am BLOWN AWAY by the quality of the jpeg out of the Fuji X-E1. WOOOWW! All I did was warm it up just a touch and nothing else. It is tack sharp and the detail was crazy good. Exposure spot on in aperture mode and other than being just a tad cool the colors were great! I have friends that are shooting Fuji jpeg and RAW and never need to convert the RAW file because the jpegs are so good. I was always suspicious but now understand their comments. The game is changing folks. The new crop of “mirror-less” cameras are getting really good. I can’t wait for the Fuji X-Pro 2 due out later this year. I’m sure it will have all the goodies from the new X100s and more which means it is gonna be pretty much all I’ll need most of the time.
Yesterday, I was with another great group over at Fonthill. As usual, I was running up and down stairs all day, however, I did manage to squeeze of a couple of shots with my Fuji X100. The shadows in this room always draw me in, I can’t help myself. I have many others of this room and all are different. The light and shadow is always in a different place, always worth a look. Below is an old favorite from the same room.
If you’re interested in shooting at Fonthill, I have a few spots open for my May 19th one day workshop as well as my weekend workshop that includes Eastern State Penitentiary. Please see these offerings on my workshop page.
With the show hanging at Fonthill, I’m in a Fonthill frame of mind.
I went back to look at some images captured in the beginning of this year and stumbled upon this one. I’m preparing for two upcoming webinars. One for Topaz next week and the other for Nik at the end of the month. The preparation is always fun, forcing me to try new things and or find images that will work well for teaching.
For this image, I used Nik Color Efex to enhance the color version and then Silver Efex Pro for the b&w work. Back into color Efex for some finishing work, specifically the darken lighten center filter.
I am proud to be part of a fabulous four person show at Fonthill. Carla Klouda, Stanley Silverman and Karl Graf have joined me in a display of 30 pieces that are scattered throughout the Castle. The show will be up for the entire month of September. All you’ll need to do, is purchase a ticket for a tour to see it. Of course, all images are for sale to be picked up after the show. There are smaller prints for sale in the lobby as well. A share of the proceeds will be given back to Fonthill. If you have the time and live locally, go have a look! I think the images will knock your socks off! I’ve included a number of the images I’m showing in this post.
This is from Fonthill, Henry Mercer’s dream home. It is a very tight space overlooking a spacious room. A balcony if you will, with a railing that I’m leaning against. There is a large window just off to the right, illuminating the edges of the books and floor. This is what I wanted to bring out in my processing, the light. Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2.0 is truly an amazing tool for this type of work. That said, I also love B&W Effects from Topaz and created the alternate faded color version below. Neither is better than the other, just different. Let me know if its time to do a video tutorial on Silver Efex Pro? This image might be a good choice for that. And remember to check out the discount page for discounts on the software I use.