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Fujifilm GFX100 Focus Stacking For Selfies, People: White Mountain Peak, Mt Whitney

This page shows focus stacking examples for selfies in landscapes using the FOCUS BKT feature of the Fujifilm GFX100—focus stacking for selfies and people! Can it be done... yes!

As used here, “selfies” refers to any pictures of oneself or friends or companions—people pictures*. In the outdoors, context adds a lot of interest and value, but all too often that context is mostly blurred because of relatively close range face(s) and too little depth of field. Classic portraiture is all well and good, but it gets old as a stylistic device, and it can blur away interesting details and context that bring back memories of where/when.

Fujifilm GFX100: Focus Stacking for Selfies, or People

Includes images up to 100 megapixels including stacked and single-frame comparisons.

* Selfies have gotten a bad rap from social media addicts (“second handers”) seeking accoladesBut all of use love pictures of ourselves most of all, and so that should be given due respect. I like taking selfies during my trips because they bring back details and memories of that trip: what vehicle I drove, clothes I wore, gear I carried, activities, where I camped, who I was with (especially family), etcetera. Such pictures sometimes have a practical benefit: it reminds me how to plan for that area at that time of year. And by selfies, it might also mean a relatively small presence when/if the picture is mostly about recording all the place/time/other details.

CLICK TO VIEW: Fujifilm medium format System

Lloyd at Summit of White Mountain Peak (elevation 14252' / 4344m)
f11 @ 1/50 sec electronic shutter focus stack 21 frames, ISO 100; 2019-08-17 17:42:07
Fujifilm GFX100 + Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR @ 36mm equiv (45mm) + polarizer Zeiss
ENV: Summit of White Mountain Peak, altitude 14252 ft / 4344 m, 52°F / 11°C
RAW: LACA corrected, distortion corrected, vignetting corrected, USM {5,50,0}, diffraction mitigating sharpening

[low-res image for bot]

James K writes:

The GFX has your soul. The selfie is proof. The camera has your DNA. The magic is there. What do you do now? I almost went to B&H to see the 100 in person. Reason prevailed but I was almost on the subway.

[later...]

I handled the GFX100 today at B&H. I felt the haptics were quite acceptable. Overall my experience was quite positive. An owner on the net mentioned that there were two different batches of the camera in circulation.. The latest batch is rumored to have updated firmware and mechanical changes to remedy some of the problems encountered by users. The camera remains above my $$$$ pain threshold. At a price of $6500 I might not be able to resist temptation. :)

DIGLLOYD: I put tremendous effort into shooting the GFX100, and made many many more images with it, but these take time to process (focus stacking mostly). I’ll have a lot more to say on the GFX100, but as of August 22nd my trip is done, and I feel bummed that it will go back soon (B&H loaner)—in spite of its issues, I will miss it—not in my price range either.

The buttons could be better, including placement. I’ll be commenting in my review on all sorts of things with the GFX100, most of which should be correctable with a firmware upate. If only Fujifim read this blog.

I used the lateset firmwas as of the time I shot, version 1.01 for camera and version 1.1 for lenses.


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