I got an email yesterday from Brian Griffith, who is in actual fact Iridient Developer in it's entirety, saying that Version 3 of the software is now out of Beta and officially released. If you've never tried it and you have an Apple Mac, I urge you to do so whatever camera you have and particularly if you own a Fuji X camera. You can download a demo version HERE.
Just a couple of bits from the email.
'- Multiple new RAW processing (demosaic) algorithms for both Bayer and X-Trans sensors from super high detail to smoother, lower artifact rendering styles plus monochrome specific RAW conversions.
- Two great new sharpening methods, Iridient Reveal and High Pass, have been added to the already highly regarded sharpening routines. Iridient Reveal in beta form has already been getting rave reviews and combines some of the best aspects of several of my previous methods including aspects of both traditional edge contrast enhancement techniques and deconvolution.'
I'm one of those people giving rave reviews to the Iridient Reveal sharpening control. And no matter what you use to take pictures with, you owe it to yourself to give it a try if you own a supported camera (Which is most of them). For me the best sharpening tool out there.
Interestingly there will be no upcoming IR support for the Sigma DP2 Quattro. Again from Brian :-
"Sorry, I am not planning on supporting the DP2 Quattro in Iridient Developer at this time. I've had a preliminary look at RAW files from this model and there appear to be a lot of changes compared to the previous Merrill models in addition to the all new sensor design. In the past the Sigma (Foveon) cameras have required a large amount of effort due to their unique sensor and the small user base has not justified the work involved. Iridient Digital is a very small company, just myself, and I don't have the time to spend on figuring out an all new sensor design and file format at this time. This may change in the future, but the Quattro cameras are currently not a priority."
Fair enough, but a shame since I'm sure he would have come up with a way of getting the most out of those files, without the interminable waiting around while Sigma Photo Pro does it's stuff. (VERY slowly)
OK I give in, I like Classic Chrome. I've had it set for all the images I've shot with the Fuji XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR Fujinon zoom lens and it's snuck up on me. As I've written several times before, it's not Classic and it's not Chrome, but I have warmed to it's cool colours. (See what I did there!!) Maybe it's all this Instagramming and Social Mediaing. Or maybe it's just that it's something different for a stock photographer constantly trying not to repeat himself. Whatever the reason, this is yet another instance of me changing my mind. (Oh no it's not, Oh yes it is, Oh no its' not, Oh yes..........)
On matters Fuji XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR Fujinon zoom lens one extra thing is does, in addition to it's other virtues, is that it does a 'starbust' effect when the sun is in the picture. On the day i shot the above images, I got a bit carried away with it, but it is very appealing. Shows just what a good lens this is, to be able to shoot into the sun with minimal flaring anyway. Years ago I had a Contax Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 lens which did exactly the same and I always wanted a lens that did the same. Now I have one.