Samsung Note 9 & Fuji HS20 and the Seabird Coast

Two recent trips have seen us at both the west coast at Kawhia. and visiting the Seabird Coast, the rocky shore line at Kaiaua   and Thames in the Hauraki Gulf.

The Note 9 is very good at doing panoramas and is something my wife enjoys creating. The first two images below are of the bike fence at Oparau and looking west towards Australia from the top of the sand dunes on the west coast just out of Kawhia, I even managed to insert myself in the image, completely unintentionally of course.

The last seven images in this set are all taken around the Kaiaua & Seabird Coast areas. Two remarkably different areas within ten kilometres of each other. The rocky shore line at Kaiaua has to be seen to be appreciated.

All the images seen in this first set from the Note 9 are unprocessed direct from the camera.

We had two other cameras with us as well as the Note 9, namely the venerable Fuji HS20 EXR and the even older Pentax MZ-6 sporting the ( new to me ) The Tamron AF 28-300 mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Lens. Currently the film is away being developed and scanned and hopefully I will have some results this coming week.

While I wait for the film to be processed I have started to process some of the HS20 imagery. The conditions for the day were very bright clear and sunny which was a bit of a pain as it made everything very contrasty with deep shadows, typical for this time of year (winter).

I shot a series of images in both Colour and Black & White using Astia for the colour so as not to over-saturate the images and the B&W film sim for the others. As always Fuji includes some nice film simulations in their cameras and the HS20 is no exception to this.

The image of the old wharf to the right ( colour image) shows a little too much purple in the sky, it seems I may need to change the colour curve a little and get it back to a more natural look. After seeing this result I decided to try a sepia toned edit which I really like. I could have shot this as sepia in camera but I prefer to use the sepia settings in Photoscape as it seems to be more balanced between highlights and shadows. The Sepia film sim in the HS20 seems a little too lacklustre for my taste, therefore I generally convert from the colour image when using this process. This middle image was shot as B&W in camera and all thats been changes is a little more contrast.



In the image above I have cropped the photo slightly and processed the image using the AF2 middle film simulation in Photoscape. In the image below which was one of two identical images the overwhelming blue haze makes the highlights in the sky difficult to see. By using the AF2 process we create a more retro feel to the image while bringing out more of the highlight detail. As with all these HS20 images they are shot in Jpeg only in EXR DR mode with the dynamic range set to auto DR 400%.


Once the film images have been processed I will set them in Galleries to view so that they can be compared image for image.

HS20 image taken at 126mm, processed to remove colour cast due to extreme haze and natural telephoto image detail loss.


The image above is somewhat overblown in the highlights making it difficult to process. Being a Jpeg there isn’t much headroom to try to bring back highlights. However converting to a Sepia toned image increases contrast and provides a fraction more detail while imparting a somewhat retro feel to the image. Its a good image in that it shows the harshness of the light and the amount of blue in the atmosphere.


More to come later …

Happy Snappin’



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