Paintings from Sunset Series by Spence Munsinger, Color Field + Blank White Canvas + Realism + Contemporary Abstract Art, original paintings for sale

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
― Pablo Picasso

Archives for September 2015

Zion, first pass

So many images, so many decisions.

I’m working through SLRLounge’s Lightroom Course – outstanding. And I’m learning quite a bit in depth about Lightroom’s potential to truly be a darkroom for digital. This is one of the images I practiced with – it’s not quite where I hope it will be, but it is so far beyond what I would have accomplished a brief time earlier…

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—spence

Yosemite in Smoke

I’ve been deepening my work in Lightroom, by going through a tutorial on post processing. I had read Scott kelby’s Lightroom and Raw Processing books a long time ago – I used that workflow for many years – but there is a depth to the Lightroom software, in presets, snapshots, presets for brushes, tone curve, Hue/Saturation?Luminosoty and gradient filters, that I have not delved into. All the things that make Lightroom the software equivalent of a darkroom for processing RAW images.

Here are a couple of images I was paying with.

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There was smoke from a nearby fire drifting by Half Dome, it made the light unique.

—spence

Fuji X-T1: Panorama

I took a trip with my brother and father to Zion and Yosemite Parks this past couple of weeks. The Fuji X-T1 has a panorama function – where you pan the camera through a sequence of shots and the internals of the camera collates and assembles those images into a single jpg image. I was discovering this function, and one of the things I would have done if I had more experience with it would be to change the film setting from B&W(Yellow Filter) to Vivid. Even if you are shooting RAW+FineJPG, with the panorama function, the output is strictly JPG. Thus these are B&W.

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I decided at the last moment NOT to take a tripod, so these were shot hand-held – thus the curved horizon it this shot. But still, amazing tool and effect.

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This one was closer to a straight horizon – I really love the reflections that came out once the water was completely still…

And a vertical pano…

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—spence

Two Fuji X-Pro 1 Camera Bodies – Perfect Sensors, Great Camera

Both Fuji X-Pro 1 cameras had the sensors replaced. Both seem to be perfect copies of the camera now. I’ve owned one of these before, and I thought at $1700, it wasn’t enough camera, so I sold it.

Several months later I realized that some of the most interesting images I’ve ever taken came out of that X-Pro 1 body and the 35mm f1.4 Fuji lens – the combination is extraordinary.

Casual test shot, X-Pro 1 and 35mm f1.4 lens…

Fuji X-Pro 1 after repair 1986 (#2)

Unfortunately my X-T1 came back with misbehaving pixels. Back it goes for the third time tomorrow.

—spence