San Bruno Mountain– a state and county park – usually has a lot of spring flowers. So, I went there thinking of hiking the Saddle Trail – great views, easy hike and probably some flowers. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t very good for hiking up the hill – it was blowing like crazy and cold. I opted for a trail lower and somewhat protected; the Bog trail. That wasn’t a bad choice and I managed to get a few shots. The weather forced me to use higher ISO than I wanted to – had to stop the bouncing flowers – but not all that high given the X-T3s capabilities. I converted some of the images to B/W – here’s one example. For post-processing, I used Lightroom and the new feature “Enhance Details…” Enhance Details, at least in theory, improves Fuji X-Tran files. More on that later. In this case, I did not use it for every image. In particular, not the B/W ones. The Cow Parsnip above was processed with Enhance details.

You can see more of the images from the day here.

The show closed on April 24.   Didn’t make the show?  See a video of the show here.

Photography and Photo Art

Stephen Kane and Richard Zimmerman

Canessa Gallery 708 Montgomery Street San Francisco

For more about Stephen Kane see his website.


For a test, just a test, I set my new Fuji X-T3 ISO to 12,800 the other night. I was surprised by the results – the pictures were usable. Yes, grainy and there is a loss of resolution but still, usable – more on that later. While working on the images, I discovered some differences in the noise reduction capability of the different raw convertors. So, I decided to research this area a little. And, away we go….

So two things have happened since we last ‘spoke.’ One, I now have a Fujifilm X-T3. Great camera…I think – I’m still getting familiar with it. More on that in a later post.

The other thing is that Adobe released an update to Lightroom that sounded great. There’s a new feature, “Enhance Detail..” that, at least according to Adobe, yields much better results with Fuji X-Trans images. It works with other formats also but, hey, who cares?


I have continued ‘testing’ RAW convertors. Since Capture 1 Express doesn’t work for me and because Skylum introduced Luminar with Libraries I decided to compare Lightroom/Photoshop, On1-2109 and Luminar 3. I’m surprised by what I’ve found

Couple of things: I’m using version 8.1 of LR and PS 2019. I’ve found sharpening in PS far superior to just using LR. I have the latest version of ON1 Photo Raw and version 3.0.0 of Luminar. I own Luminar, ON1 and subscribe to Adobe. I have no connection with any of the companies.

While I really want to like Luminar, version 3 is not stable…at least for me. Using virtually any shortcut key crashes the program. [Update 12/29/18 Skylum says the bug will be fixed in version 3.1.No date as to when that will be released The bug was fixed in version 3.0,1. They are still working on 3.1 expected release end of January.]
Nevertheless, I managed to get some comparisons using Luminar but I can’t see using it in stand-alone mode yet.  It does work as a plug-in for LR – which bypasses the new Libraries module.  I think the bug is in the libraries module.