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Mt Conness Summit View towards Rainclouds near Mt Dana

I just love how good the Fujifilm GF 55mm f/1.7 WR is for focus stacking.

Too bad this isn’t it—the image is noticeably inferior in outer zones using the Fujifilm GF 35-70mm f/4.5-5.6 here. But for this shot, I needed something wider than 55mm.

Do you like such “vignettes”? It doesn’t seem to drive subscriptions. But I like the storytelling part more than anything and have the increasingly problematic attitude of wanting to be a photographer, not a reviewer...!

Can you spot the 4 hikers? Subscribers can directly view the full 100MP image. I relish the detail capture—and I think there is room for a sensor in the ~150 to 200MP range that would deliver noticeably more detail (with less artifacting), particularly with the 55/1.7.

BTW, this is one of the most enjoyable and scenic climbs you can make, on par with Mt Whitney but much shorter/easier than the Mountaineer’s Route.

As usual I had to shoot an infinity focus frame manually due to the awful Focus BKT bug in the Fujfilm GFX100 II. It was critical for sharpness in the distance.

CLICK TO VIEW: Ultimate Fujifilm Medium Format

A gorgeous day for climbing Oct 8 2023, and the first climb I was able to achieve (or contemplate) after a 3+ year battle with Long COVID and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, curing myself finally with a non-medical treatment that no doctor ever suggested. And with my heavy metals down too!

Mt Conness Summit View towards Rainclouds near Mt Dana
f9 @ 1/80 sec electronic shutter focus stack 5 frames, ISO 80; 2023-10-08 15:41:38
Fujifilm GFX100 II + Fujifilm GF 35-70mm f/4.5-5.6 WR @ 28.8mm equiv (35mm)
ENV: Mt Conness summit ridge, altitude 12530 ft / 3819 m, 38°F / 3°C
RAW: Adobe Color, LACA corrected, WB 5050°K tint 22, push 0.38 stops, +20 Whites, +20 Dehaze, +10 Clarity, USM {8,50,0}, diffraction mitigating sharpening

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Mt Conness Summit View towards Rainclouds near Mt Dana
f9 @ 1/80 sec electronic shutter focus stack 5 frames, ISO 80; 2023-10-08 15:41:38
Fujifilm GFX100 II + Fujifilm GF 35-70mm f/4.5-5.6 WR @ 28.8mm equiv (35mm)
ENV: Mt Conness summit ridge, altitude 12530 ft / 3819 m, 38°F / 3°C
RAW: Adobe Color, LACA corrected, WB 5050°K tint 22, push 0.38 stops, +20 Whites, +20 Dehaze, +10 Clarity, USM {8,50,0}, diffraction mitigating sharpening

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