Top Hat Liquor store in Pomona

Last July, I took two cameras I had borrowed from Fuji – the GFX50R and the X-H1 – as well as my own Fuji X-T4 out to capture a few local liquor stores that have a cool look at night with some neon signs. I shot the stores with all three cameras, and then did a blind test where I gave images a 5 star rating if I liked them, and finally revealed to myself – for the images I most liked – which camera had produced them. Most of my preferred shots came from the GFX50R. These were shot with a Cinestill film recipe. You can see the results on this Instagram post.

Since then, I returned the two borrowed cameras and I sold my X-T4, bought both the X-H2 and the X-H2s, and decided to return the X-H2. See my previous post on that decision.

I was out around sunset running errands and, having my camera bag with me, decided to run the X-H2s by the three locations and grab some photos to test it out on the same subjects as before. I shot with the Pacific Blues film recipe but later in Capture One, I decided I liked the greenish hue from the Cinestill film recipe of the original photos so I tweaked one photo using the Normalize tool and copied the white balance to the others. A few other adjustments – brightening the sky on the two that included a bit of the fading sky in the west, for one, and adding a bit of film grain, for another, – and here are the results.

2 responses to “Pomona Neon”

  1. […] I set out to take care of an important errand: getting my wife’s car washed. I threw the camera bag in the car, with the Fuji X-H2s and the 56mm lens in it, on the front passenger seat. Who knew what this trip would hold in terms of photography? (See my previous post to see another outcome of this trip to run errands.) […]

  2. […] head for the Jeep, ready to aimlessly drive around downtown, go for a bit of a wander, visit the three storefronts that are my regular stops on a photo wander because over their neon lights and vintage […]

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