Today, another post about my ongoing quest for colour where, after happily shooting black and white for some time, I’m seeking similar satisfaction with colour images.
This time, an amble up unexpected FujiFilm side street.
When I began my One Month, One Camera project at the start of 2019, I got carried away with buying potential candidates that met my criteria – old (by digital standards), with a sub 10MP CCD sensor, and costing under £20.
One camera I happened upon was a FujiFilm FinePix S7000, a “bridge” camera from 2004 with a 1/1.7″ 6MP Super CCD sensor.
It easily cleared the financial bar, setting me back £12.52 plus postage.
I’m not going to go into much depth about the camera here, other than it has three “FinePix Color” modes – F-B&W, F-Chrome and F-Standard.
I’m not aware of any other features on the camera that allow you to adjust its colours, contrast or anything else.
The B&W mode is very handy for when I want to shoot in b/w, as of course it displays the image as b/w in the screen/electronic viewfinder (EVF).
The b/w output is rather low contrast, but yields some lovely pics when tweaked in Snapseed. More on that in another post perhaps.
The other two modes are colour, and after some initial experimentation showed the Standard colour mode was fine, but rather bland, I decided to head out on a longer walk using the F-Chrome mode.
According to the manual, in the F-Chrome mode – “The contrast and colour saturation are set to high. This feature is effective for taking more vivid shots of subjects such as scenery (blue sky and greenery) and flowers.”
For some scenes, there is a subtle increase in saturation, if not really noticeable.
With certain colours though the effect is more pronounced. Especially greens.
This is no surprise as the FujiFilm colour film(s) this mode is supposedly based on are known for leaning more towards greens.
I’m not a fan of garish digital colour, and one or two shots leaned over into this category a little too much for my taste.
But overall I quite liked the output of the S7000 and its F-Chrome set up.
It’s distinctive without being over the top. And really does show off the lens and sensor combo well.
I believe this was FujiFilm’s flagship “prosumer” model in 2004, and retailed at £600, so it’s not a shock that they made it a good camera.
Going forward in my Colour Quest, I would definitely try this set up again.
But I also plan to try the standard colour mode, then process with my favourite “warm colour” set up in Snapseed, to see how that looks.
All photographs in this post were made with the FujiFilm FinePix S7000 and F-Chrome FinePix Color Mode.
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