Summer Life

Paws and Claws - "Storm" comes out of hiding to give herself a cleaning as the hot sun finally sinks away. 
Fujifilm XE-1, XF60mm, ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/1000.

It's been a hot summer! Here in Oregon we've been breaking heat records - consistently in the upper 90's, some days over 100. With little rain, the lakes are low and the sky is a yellow haze. Vintage Instagram, no filter needed. 

Fujifilm XE-1, XF60mm, ISO 200, f/2.4, 1/4000.

Fujifilm XE-1, XF60mm, ISO 200, f/2.4, 1/4000.

Honestly, I haven't pulled the little Fuji X out as much as I should. My excuse? Partly the heat, mostly the endless list of projects that seem to accompany summer.

But there have been a few occasions here and there. My eldest, David, turned 18, graduated High School, and picked up his driving license - all within a handful of weeks! Certainly some proud dad moments there. 

Hats Off! David's High School life comes to a close.  Fujifilm XE-1, XF18-55mm @ 55mm, ISO 6400, f/4, 1/60.

Hats Off! David's High School life comes to a close. 
Fujifilm XE-1, XF18-55mm @ 55mm, ISO 6400, f/4, 1/60.

Proud moments for this dad!  Fujifilm XE-1, XF60mm, ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/500.

Proud moments for this dad! 
Fujifilm XE-1, XF60mm, ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/500.

To celebrate David and I spent the weekend at a pretty little resort on Indian land off the back side of Mt. Hood. Kah-Nee-Ta is somewhat of an oasis, along a small river in Oregon's High Desert. Lovely, but hot! By the time I was flipping pancakes the direct morning sunlight was already a hot 88 degrees, moving toward a sweltering 105 by early afternoon.

A roasting 98 degrees, even as the sun hits the deck. Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, Warm Springs, OR.  Fujifilm XE-1, XF18-55mm @ 18mm, ISO 200, f/8, 1/250.

A roasting 98 degrees, even as the sun hits the deck. Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, Warm Springs, OR. 
Fujifilm XE-1, XF18-55mm @ 18mm, ISO 200, f/8, 1/250.

Oregon's high desert colors are beautiful. Warm Spring, OR.  Fujifilm XE-1, XF18-55mm @ 55mm, ISO 200, f/8, 1/50.

Oregon's high desert colors are beautiful. Warm Spring, OR. 
Fujifilm XE-1, XF18-55mm @ 55mm, ISO 200, f/8, 1/50.

A friendly dog at dusk. Warm Springs, OR. Fujifilm XE-1, XF18-55mm @ 18mm, ISO 200, f/8, 1/80.

A friendly dog at dusk. Warm Springs, OR.
Fujifilm XE-1, XF18-55mm @ 18mm, ISO 200, f/8, 1/80.

Fire Tree. Warm Springs, OR. Fujifilm XE-1, XF18-55mm @ 18mm, ISO 200, f/8, 1/30.

Fire Tree. Warm Springs, OR.
Fujifilm XE-1, XF18-55mm @ 18mm, ISO 200, f/8, 1/30.

It may be that Lightroom has also suffering from the heat. The big CC 2015 update came a few months back, and Lightroom's been a bit of a pill since. Fortunately, Adobe is improving how Fuji X's proprietary color pattern is processed. Unfortunately, that leaves my nicely honed sharpness and noise reduction presets looking bad - really bad. I need to find some time to experiment and redevelop those presets.

Fujifilm XE-1, XF60mm, ISO 200, f/2.4, 1/10.

Fujifilm XE-1, XF60mm, ISO 200, f/2.4, 1/10.

For now I'm finding that backing the sharpening way off and significantly increasing the color noise reduction is helping. I wish Adobe would have incremented the processing engine number when they made the change, every previous Fuji X photo in my library that I had applied a sharpening preset to is now severely over processed.

Fujifilm XE-1, XF60mm, ISO 200, f/2.4, 1/950.

Fujifilm XE-1, XF60mm, ISO 200, f/2.4, 1/950.

But, the change is for the better, I just need to make some adjustments and play with a few sliders. Speaking of sliders, there's definitely a few bugs there... looking forward to a small update soon! 

Here's to hoping the weather cools off a little, and a note-to-self: Pull the camera off the shelf a bit more often! 

Fujifilm XE-1, XF60mm, ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/110.

Fujifilm XE-1, XF60mm, ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/110.