At the rate I'm posting photos, you'd think I haven't taken many. I'm going on a blog posting bonanza! I must have at least five interesting photos. I'll start with the one I took last night at Jordan Pond, sshhh don't tell anyone - Acadia National Park is officially closed. Luckily I live about a mile away and could walk there. I noticed early in the evening the skies were clear and we're close to a new moon. I was eager to experiment with the Fuji X100S (that's a surprise ;-). The X100S has a wide angle, fast lens with a low noise sensor, so I thought it might work for night photography. This was the first time I attached the Fuji to a tripod. I tried setting the timer for 15 seconds - hah, goes from 1 second to bulb. So I just counted seconds while holding down the shutter release. Yup, that's right, no shutter release cable either - I'll add it to my never ending list of photo equipment to purchase. I've received feedback that I should post the final image first and then discuss the post processing. Here's the final image, I really enjoy the reflection of stars in the foreground:
Here's the raw photo out of the camera. I couldn't find a white balance setting in the menu, so the color looks a tad unnatural.
- Changed the white balance to tungsten
- Adjusted the temperature a bit cooler
- Leveled the horizon
In Nik Vizeza I pumped up the blue in the sky.
Finally, in Nik Color Efex Pro I added the Tonal Contrast filter to the sky and in Lightroom increased the exposure a half stop for the final image.
EXIF data: Fujifilm X100S, 23mm, f/2.0, 18 secs, ISO 3200, 10/2/13, 11:51 PM