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Alabama Hills Is Open to Visitors and Campers as of Friday May 22

I was evicted from Alabama Hills back on April 10.

The Alabama Hills area was reopened Friday May 22 in time for Memorial Day Weekend. Campers poured in Friday night like water through a breached dam, but now days are hot and the sand is dry and the flowers are desiccated, and.... lots and lots of campers, with polluted air from campfires along with human noises. The gestalt of the place is totally different than in March. It’s still special, but visit November through March for the best experience.

Not my thing at this point—crowded, dry and not at all like it was in March. But... one good storm could make it all interesting for a day or two. So head out and be prepared for good luck.

The most remote areas still have good photo opportunities; a little extra effort goes a long way. I might mountain bike to a place or two that is relatively empty to make some images if the clouds and weather present opportunities.

I was *so* embarrassingly lucky to enjoy the best year in 50 years (a local’s opinion) through March and early April with about 10% of normal visitation. The whole period was enthralling, and a treat that likely will never happen again. Actually—no—I have never believed in the depressing defeatist “trip of a lifetime” concept. Something even better will come along.

Are such things always luck? Maybe, maybe not—I keep getting lucky because... (my hypothesis) I expect to and keep the door open, so to speak—I travel and do most everything now expecting good things from serendipity, letting things flow as they are wont to. My concussion I would not care to repeat, but on top of red-pilling myself at age 6 through precocious logical analysis and rejection of dogma, the concussion enhanced all that by temporarily removed a processing module in my brain that peeled away a layer of the world.

Alabama Hills Closed — Blockade on Movie Road
f1.8 @ 1/25 sec electronic shutter, ISO 50; 2020-04-04 19:22:51
Sony A7R IV + Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G
ENV: Alabama Hills, altitude 5200 ft / 1585 m, 55°F / 12°C
RAW: LACA corrected, vignetting corrected, pull 1.1 stops, +100 Shadows, +55 Whites, +20 Clarity

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It also includes an exposure at f/9 in which focus was placed more to the distance for a superior total result to either f/8 or f/11, a frame instructive for practical field-use shooting.

Hasselblad XCD 135m f/2.8 Aperture Series: Lichen-Covered Granite Slab

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Lichen-Covered Granite Slab
f4 @ 0.4 sec lens shutter, ISO 100; 2020-05-21 20:03:09
Hasselblad X1D II 50C + Hasselblad XCD 135mm f/2.8 @ 110.5mm equiv (135mm)
ENV: Horseshoe Meadows Rd, altitude 8800 ft / 2682 m, 58°F / 14°C
RAW: Enhance Details, vignetting corrected, pull 0.75 stops, +40 Whites, Color Luminance {Yellows +20}, Color Saturation {Aquas +40, Oranges +40, Yellows +40}, +10 Contrast, +20 Dehaze, +10 Clarity

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Hasselblad X1D II 50C: Operational and Focusing Bugs

Within the first 15 minutes of usage, I found two serious bugs in the Hasselblad X1D II 50C. I have done everything Hasselblad has suggested including redoing all camera and lens firmware and spending half an hour on the phone—no solutions.

But there are more issue than just the first two.

BUG: Hasselblad X1D II Confirms Focus in Dim Light when Badly Out of Focus

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Unstable Lens Focus with Hasselblad XCD 80mm f/1.9


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Hasselblad XCD 80mm f/1.9 Aperture Series: Lichen-Covered Granite Slab, View to Owens Lake (Hasselblad X1D II 50C)

This aperture series from f/1.9 through f/11 evaluates the far distance performance of the Hasselblad XCD 65mm f/2.8 including sharpness and overall lens correction, lens symmetry, focus shift and field curvature.

Hasselblad XCD 80mm f/1.9 Aperture Series: Lichen-Covered Granite Slab, View to Owens Lake

Includes images from f/1.9 through f/11 at up to full camera resolution.

Also noted is a serious unstable lens focus issue:

Unstable Lens Focus with Hasselblad XCD 80mm f/1.9

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View to Owens Lake from Horseshoe Meadows Rd
f2.8 @ 1/1000 sec lens shutter, ISO 100; 2020-05-20 16:27:08
Hasselblad X1D II 50C + Hasselblad XCD 80mm f/1.9 @ 65.5mm equiv (80mm) + polarizer Breakthrough Photography
ENV: Horseshoe Meadows Rd, altitude 8800 ft / 2682 m, 60°F / 15°C
RAW: Enhance Details, vignetting corrected, pull 1.1 stops, +40 Shadows, +50 Whites, Color Luminance {Blues -10, Yellows +10}, Color Saturation {Blues +20, Oranges +10, Yellows +15}, +10 Dehaze, +20 Clarity

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Hasselblad X1D II 50C: White Balance and Tint in Adobe Camera Raw, Mid-Day High Altitude Sunlight, DataColor SpyderCHECKR

This page assesses the white balance and tint required for raw processing in Adobe Camera Raw in mid-day sunlight with clear blue skies at an elevation of 8400 ft ~= 2560 meters in May. In such conditions, the sun is high overhead and the light is bluish (high color temperature).

Hasselblad X1D II 50C: White Balance and Tint in Adobe Camera Raw, Mid-Day High Altitude Sunlight, DataColor SpyderCHECKR

This page might save you time and effort in getting ideal color balance.

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Setting the ACR color balance to “as shot” (camera was set to Daylight) results in color balance that is WAY off, being 4 points too green and 4 points too blue (in Lab mode) in this case. Clearly it is unwise to use “as shot” or “Daylight” with ACR. This is true of many cameras I have tested. Never assume that “as shot” or any fixed white balance setting is accurate for raw conversion; do your own evaluation as my instructions detail.

Spot-on neutral white balance and tint
f6.3 @ 1/640 sec lens shutter, ISO 100; 2020-05-20 13:04:21
Hasselblad X1D II 50C + Hasselblad XCD 80mm f/1.9 @ 65.5mm equiv (80mm)
ENV: Horseshoe Meadows Rd, altitude 8400 ft / 2560 m, 55°F / 12°C
RAW: vignetting corrected, +40 Whites, +10 Clarity
clear blue skies no clouds

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Hasselblad XCD 65mm f/2.8 Aperture Series: Lichen-Covered Granite Slab, View to Owens Lake (Hasselblad X1D II 50C)

This aperture series from f/2.8 through f/11 evaluates the far distance performance of the Hasselblad XCD 65mm f/2.8 including sharpness and overall lens correction, lens symmetry, focus shift and field curvature.

Hasselblad XCD 65mm f/2.8 Aperture Series: Lichen-Covered Granite Slab, View to Owens Lake

Includes images from f/2.8 through f/11 at up to full camera resolution.

CLICK TO VIEW: Hasselblad X Medium Format

View to Owens Lake from Horseshoe Meadows Rd
f2.8 @ 1/640 sec lens shutter, ISO 100; 2020-05-20 16:51:54
Hasselblad X1D II 50C + Hasselblad XCD 65mm f/2.8 @ 53.2mm equiv (65mm) + polarizer Zeiss
ENV: Horseshoe Meadows Rd, altitude 8800 ft / 2682 m, 60°F / 15°C
RAW: Enhance Details, vignetting corrected, pull 1.25 stops, +100 Shadows, +50 Whites, Color Luminance {Blues -5, Yellows +10}, Color Saturation {Blues +20, Oranges +10, Yellows +15}, +20 Dehaze, +20 Clarity

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Testing Started: Hasselblad X1D II 50C with Hasselblad XCD 65mm f/2.8, Hasselblad XCD 80mm f/1.9, Hasselblad XCD 135mm f/2.8

I’ve just started testing the Hasselblad X1D II 50C with Hasselblad XCD 65mm f/2.8, Hasselblad XCD 80mm f/1.9, Hasselblad XCD 135mm f/2.8. I am working directly with Hasselblad to get the Hasselblad XCD 45mm f/4 P on loan, but the whole COVID-19 situation is backing up shipping on gear.

I have to do a major resupply today and tomorrow (water, fuel, food, champagne and wine of course), but there should be a ton of coverage in coming ten days.

See my reviews of the Hasselblad XCD system in diglloyd Medium Format.

These Hasselblad XCD lenses are insanely sharp even wide open. Best in the business for medium format, on both sharpness and quality control (so far I see no lens skew issues). I do wish they had aperture rings though and I do wish Hasselblad would deliver a 100MP sensor camera body.

CLICK TO VIEW: Hasselblad X Medium Format

View to Owens Lake from Horseshoe Meadows Rd
f8 @ 1/125 sec lens shutter, ISO 100; 2020-05-20 16:28:04
Hasselblad X1D II 50C + Hasselblad XCD 80mm f/1.9 @ 65.5mm equiv (80mm) + polarizer Breakthrough Photography
ENV: Horseshoe Meadows Rd, altitude 8600 ft / 2621 m, 55°F / 12°C
RAW: vignetting corrected, pull 0.9 stops, +80 Shadows, +50 Whites, +20 Clarity

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Sigma FE 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Aperture Series: View Over Alabama Hills to Wind Driven Snow on Whitney Range (Sony A7R IV)

I’ve added a 322-megapixel version of this image, upsampled using Gigapixel AI.

It shows some limits of the camera, but 60MP to 322MP is a big enlargement. And I am sure I could (with some time) arrive at better upsampling parameters.

Were it printed at 220 dpi, it could go to 100 inches ~= 2.5 meters wide.

Sigma FE 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Aperture Series: View Over Alabama Hills to Wind Driven Snow on Whitney Range

Includes images up to full camera resolution.

Important: due to the contrast, click to view this image in its own window. Viewing with an iMac 5K or similar is recommended.

View Over Alabama Hills to Wind Driven Snow on Whitney Range
f4 @ 1/1000 sec EFC shutter, ISO 50; 2020-03-24 17:20:54
Sony A7R IV + Sigma FE 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
ENV: Alabama Hills, altitude 5100 ft / 1554 m, 55°F / 12°C
RAW: LACA corrected, vignetting corrected, push 0.17 stops, +100 Shadows, -100 Highlights, +50 Whites, +88 Blacks, Color Luminance {Blues -76, Purples +100}, +40 Dehaze, +30 Clarity, Chroma NR {40,20,50}, USM {20,50,0}
ACR BW07

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Slightly Delayed Testing: Hasselblad X1D II 50C with Hasselblad XCD 65mm f/2.8, Hasselblad XCD 80mm f/1.9, Hasselblad XCD 135mm f/2.8, maybe Hasselblad XCD 45mm f/4 P

UPDATE: I’ve published the overview page, vignetting, distortion and MTF pages for each of these lenses.

See my reviews of the Hasselblad XCD system in diglloyd Medium Format.

Due to a shipping glitch, I will have this gear on Monday or Tuesday, about 6 days later than planned, around May 18 or 19.

I am working directly with Hasselblad to get the Hasselblad XCD 45mm f/4 P on loan—it might or might not work out.

The Hasselblad XCD 35-75mm f/3.5-4.5 is so far unobtanium. It’s a bummer that the 35-75mm zoom is not available yet since it would be ideal to compare it directly to the 45/4P and 65/2.8.


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Fujinon 7 X 50 Binoculars (on sale)

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I just received my Fujinon 7 X 50 binoculars from home, my wife having shipped them to me; I’ve owned them for years. Dang, they are incredible to look through!

On sale now at $100 off are the Mil-Spec Fujinon 7x50 FMTR-SX Polaris Binocular.

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  • Porro Prism
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See my past reviews and blog posts on binoculars including the Fujinon 7 X 50, which to this day I find is the finest binocular I have ever used.

The MOST critical thing in a binocular for working comfort is eye relief, especially for use with eyeglasses and/or sunglasses.

With 23mm eye relief, nothing beats the Fujinons—most binoculars have a miserably difficult-to-use 15mm to 19mm eye relief—very uncomfortable very quickly with constant blackout if the pupils are not kept rigidly in position—not so with the Fujinons. I consider 19mm eye relief an absolute minimum for comfortable use and that is a real compromise.

Large and heavy, these Fujinons are not for everyone and not for casual hiking/carrying, but the porro prisms kick the crap out of roof prisms, based on all the binoculars I have experienced including far deeper real depth of field viewing, which saves the endless hassle of adjusting focus as with roof prism designs.

The size and weight are no fun to carry but when using them the ergonomics/haptics are far superior to other designs. I can perfectly adjust for each eye individually, and the grip on them lets me pin my arms to my side for extended viewing comfort.

The 7X magnification and 50mm front elements make dim light viewing a jaw dropping experience—it feels like having night vision.

When I tested them, the viewing quality was hugely superior to any Leica or Zeiss offering when I tried them all some years ago.

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Kudos to Sony for a nice gesture. Sony Pro Support has been worth the money every year.

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As a PRO Support member, you are among our most loyal customers, and we want you to know how much we value your being part of Sony's Imaging family.

With the current global situation, we are taking steps to ensure we are supporting all of our customers during these difficult times. For all Pro Support members like yourself, we are automatically extending membership for an additional six months, free of charge.

...you will see your membership extended by 6 months to 5/10/2021.

As a refresher, your Pro Support membership includes:
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Apple Safari Web Browser Mangles Large Image on the Latest macOS 10.14.6 Mojave

Just today I discovered that Apple Safari on macOS 10.14.6 (latest security update) destroys fine details in large images. I did not install this latest update until yesterday, so this is why I had not seen it before.

There were some new GPU problems introduced in the latest updates, looks like the richest company in the world once again skipped quality control testing. More Apple Core Rot from the jackasses at Apple.

Even on a Retina display, the problem is obvious, which means it is a MAJOR loss of detail—resolution is at least cut in half, if not more.

It looks like images are being downsampled to a much lower resolution and then drawn to the screen—apparently some jackass at Apple put in some iOS code, which has long mangled images above a certain resolution. I just cannot understand this level of engineering gross stupidity.

The modest good news (better than nothing, but little consolation) is that if the image is saved from Safari and then opened in Photoshop, it is intact and the same quality as published on my site. So clearly it is a drawing issue as the correct image is retained in memory.

I have no idea what to do about it nor do I yet know at what size images are affected or if it is a general bug that could degrade images under other circumstances.

Google Chrome is useless; it cannot display very large images at all (just draws a red screen). Firefox works OK.

Click for actual pixels and toggle to compare.

Cropped image — compare original finely details image to mangled Apple Safari garbage
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Sigma FE 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Examples: Mixed Lighting over Western Alabama Hills (Sony A7R IV)

This 304-megapixel 9-frame panorama shot with the Sigma FE 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art is spectacularly detailed.

Added to my review of the Sigma FE 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art:

Sigma FE 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Examples: Alabama Hills

Includes images up to full camera resolution.

NOTE: just today I discovered that Apple Safari on macOS 10.14.6 (latest) destroys fine details in large images.

Mixed Lighting over Western Alabama Hills
f8 @ 1/50 sec electronic shutter panorama 9 frames cylindrical, ISO 100; 2020-03-23 09:26:05
Sony A7R IV + Sigma FE 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
ENV: Alabama Hills, altitude 5350 ft / 1631 m, 55°F / 12°C
RAW: LACA corrected, vignetting corrected, USM {8,50,0}, SmartSharpen{30,0.8,20,0}

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Most kids are not attending school due to COVID-19 and that might be the case this fall since far too many people have been infected to stop this thing.

They’ll need a computer. But you do NOT have to spend big bucks on a high-end one or even a new one. Kids will almost certainly prefer a laptop, but an iMac 4K or iMac 5K make a lot of sense for some.

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Apple MacBook Pro: Portability and expansion with gorgeous display

See also my Mac wishlist. To avoid throwing away money needlessly on stuff that won’t help you, consult with Lloyd if building a more expensive complex system.

Choose the Apple MacBook Pro when you want a compact expandable machine good for 3+ years. Its expandability is less than a Mac Pro but it few users will ever need more expansion than an iMac 5K provides. And it has a gorgeous display.

The Apple 16" MacBook Pro is my preferred choice, but the 13" models are much easier to carry around. Big CAVEATS: buy the CPU and GPU and memory and internal storage you need/want upfront, because NOTHING internally is upgradeable internally.

You might want an external display and keyboard so that the MBP can be hooked up and function like a desktop (ergonomics of a laptop are awful).

You'll will probably want some additional ports for standard USB-A devices. Get a 1TB internal SSD at a minimum for most users, but 2TB or 4TB is preferred over the long term—way better than having to carry along extra devices externally. But you can always add more externally, as shown below. A range of options is shown here from basic yet excellent, to pro grade.

Connecting a non-Thunderbolt display means you’ll want either the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock or the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dual DisplayPort Adapter (for the Mini DisplayPort). You might also want more USB-A ports.

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Apple iMac 5K: all-in-one with gorgeous display

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Choose the Apple iMac 5K when you want a compact expandable machine good for 3+ years. Its expandability is less than a Mac Pro, but it few users will ever need more expansion than an iMac 5K provides. And it has a gorgeous display that comes with a free computer running macOS.

The Apple iMac 4K is suitable for when things have to be more compact and the smaller screen is OK—personally I want a 27" display as minimum size but it’s hard to beat the compact elegance of the 4K model.

Buy the iMac 5K with 8GB memory then add OWC memory to go to 32GB or 64GB or 128GB. You'll will probably want some additional ports, but not everyone does. Get a 1TB internal SSD, but 2TB is preferred over the long term—but you can always add more internally or externally, as shown below. Do NOT upgrade the GPU unless you have very demanding needs; upgrading it is largely a waste of money for most users. I’ve listed the next model up with 12 CPU cores for more demanding users, but that is overkill for many users.

Connecting a non-Thunderbolt display means you’ll want either the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock or the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dual DisplayPort Adapter (for the Mini DisplayPort). You might also want more USB-A ports.

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Apple Mac Pro: ultimate robust workstation

See also my Mac wishlist. To avoid throwing away money needlessly on stuff that won’t help you, consult with Lloyd if building a more expensive complex system.

Choose the Mac Pro when you want a robust, quiet, expandable machine that will serve you well for 5+ years. This thing sits on my desk and I hardly notice it, even under load. It’s the ultimate Mac for years to come in terms of memory, storage both internal and external, upgradeable GPU, etc.

The 8-core is the entry level Mac Pro, which is expandable as the other models (well, unless you need 1.5 terabytes of memory!). You'll need a display and will probably want some additional ports and memory. Start with 32GB, and if more is needed, get the memory from OWC as shown below. Get a 1TB SSD, but 2TB or 4TB is desirable over the long term—but you can always add more internally or externally, as shown below. Do NOT upgrade the GPU unless you have very demanding needs; upgrading it is largely a wast of money for most users. I’ve listed the next model up with 12 CPU cores for more demanding users, but that is overkill for many users.

Connecting a non-Thunderbolt display means you’ll want either the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock or the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dual DisplayPort Adapter (for the Mini DisplayPort).

Additional storage might be needed for large image files, video, etc. At least three backup drives should be used: one always connected for daily or twice-daily backups, and two for off-site storage, safely away from the computer.

 

On the Way for Testing: Hasselblad X1D II 50C Hasselblad XCD 45mm f/4P, Hasselblad XCD 80mm f/1.9, Hasselblad XCD 65mm f/2.8, Hasselblad XCD 135mm f/2.8

See my reviews of the Hasselblad XCD system in diglloyd Medium Format.

On the way for testing, arriving later this week. UPDATE: shipping was delayed and I won’t have the gear until the week of May 18.

I was hoping for the Hasselblad XCD 45mm f/4 P and Hasselblad XCD 35-75mm f/3.5-4.5 also, but they are not yet available. Perhaps if they show up soon (before I have to return the loaner camera), then I can also cover them in this time frame.

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Sigma FE 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Aperture Series: View Over Alabama Hills to Wind Driven Snow on Whitney Range (Sony A7R IV)

This series from f/1.4 to f/11 evaluates the Sigma FE 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art at far distance from f/1.4 through f/5.6. A custom black and white conversion was done utilizing aggressive contrast control and other adjustments to achieve the desired effects seen here.

Only a lens that has superb color correction and aberration correction could deliver results this high grade—tremendously impressive. It makes the Sigma FE 105/1.4 an outstanding choice for those looking to do black and white conversions.

Sigma FE 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Aperture Series: View Over Alabama Hills to Wind Driven Snow on Whitney Range

Includes images up to full camera resolution.

Important: due to the contrast, click to view this image in its own window. Viewing with an iMac 5K or similar is recommended.

View Over Alabama Hills to Wind Driven Snow on Whitney Range
f4 @ 1/1000 sec EFC shutter, ISO 50; 2020-03-24 17:20:54
Sony A7R IV + Sigma FE 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
ENV: Alabama Hills, altitude 5100 ft / 1554 m, 55°F / 12°C
RAW: LACA corrected, vignetting corrected, push 0.17 stops, +100 Shadows, -100 Highlights, +50 Whites, +88 Blacks, Color Luminance {Blues -76, Purples +100}, +40 Dehaze, +30 Clarity, Chroma NR {40,20,50}, USM {20,50,0}
ACR BW07

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OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock
Ideal for any Mac with Thunderbolt 3


Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports
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Gigabit Ethernet
5K and 4K display support plus Mini Display Port
Analog sound in/out and Optical sound out

Works on any Mac with Thunderbolt 3

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