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Date: 27/08/2013 | By: Mathieu

The Colours of Aberdyfi: An X100s Gallery using Rebecca Lily’s Pro Set II

X100S, 1/900, f/ 56/10, ISO 200

The Colours of Aberdyfi: An X100s Gallery using Rebecca Lily’s Pro Set II

Last week, post-processing tool designer Rebecca Lily sent me her new Pro Set II presets for Adobe Lightroom and ACR, developed primarly for the Fuji X-Trans Sensor (X100s, X-Pro1, X-E1, etc.). Since Fuji digital cameras have a colour rendition more similar to film than other digital sensors (especially to Fujifilm and in particular the Fuji Pro 400H), its RAW files are easier to match to a more natural film look in post-production. Rebecca designed these new presets to complement this unique base palette.

I love the X-Trans sensor as I have reiterated many times, so I accepted her offer to try these new presets with curiosity and enthusiasm, especially since I had already written an article about the X100s’ colours and I’m always on the lookout for alternatives or improvements.

The Fuji Pro 400H that Rebecca refers to is well-known for its pastel colour rendition. Pastel colours are usually soft, slightly de-saturated and generally lacking in strong chromatic content. This combination can give your photographs a beautiful and unique look.

Since installing the preset last week, I have been looking for an opportunity to put them to the test. Because they have a unique colour rendition, not only did I want to start thinking with those colours in mind, but I also wanted to find an appropriate subject before I began shooting.

X100S, 1/850, f/ 56/10, ISO 200 - Adobe Standard Color Profile on Lightroom 5
At Tywyn train station: X100S, 1/850, f/ 5.6, ISO 200 – Adobe Standard Color Profile on Lightroom 5
X100S, 1/850, f/ 56/10, ISO 200 - Rebecca Lily's Pro Set II - Pastel - Honeycomb 1
Rebecca Lily’s Pro Set II – Pastel – Honeycomb 1 on Lightroom 5

I always think that it is very important to mentally conceptualise the look you want before starting a series of photographs because you will have a better idea of what to look for and how to compose your pictures.

That’s why I chose Aberdovey (Aberdyfi in Welsh), a very colourful town in Mid-Wales which has exactly the kind of colours that I was looking for, typical of a town by the sea. I went there one afternoon and started photographing with the idea of representing the city through its pastel colours, and then seeing how could I could improve the photographs with Rebecca Lily’s presets.

X100S, 1/160, f/ 56/10, ISO 200
X100S, 1/160, f/ 5.6, ISO 200 – Pastel – Songbird III

Please note that this is not a review but a simple “first look”. I only used the “Pastel” presets but there are many more included in the package.

The one thing I can say with confidence is that the Pro Set II definitely makes the images look less digital. I was also impressed by how each preset (and there are a lot) is capable of exploiting the full potential of the RAF file (Fuji’s RAW file), particularly in terms of dynamic range.

I will full review the Pro Set II in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, enjoy the gallery!

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About the author: Mathieu Gasquet

Mathieu Gasquet is a professional photographer with French and Italian origins. Besides running his own video and photography studio 3Dit Lab, he is also the official photographer for the National Cinema Museum in Turin. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter or Facebook!

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