Blue Hour Photographs
Fuji X100 | 9 sec, f/11, ISO 200 (JPEG output: Astia)
On the way to meet friends for dinner in downtown SF last night, I stopped by the pier to grab some night shots with the X100. It was a surprisingly warm evening. Perfect for a relaxing stroll with the camera.
Left: Fuji X100 | 1/10 sec, f/2, ISO 200 (hand-held) || Right: Fuji X100 | 2sec, f/11, ISO 200
At this point the light was falling fast. After a couple of hand-held snaps, I brought out my trusty gorillapod for some long expsosures:
Fuji X100 | 7 sec, f/11, ISO 200 (JPEG output: Astia)
I would normally shoot RAW when doing night photography, but out of curiosity I recorded RAW and JPEG files simultaneously. To put it simply, the X100 puts out a fantastic JPEG file.
Fuji X100 | 30 sec, f/16, ISO 200 (RAW: Processed in LR3)
The built in 3-stop neutral density filter came in handy for giving the water a more glassy look and smoothing out the clouds, though I do prefer the more dramatic sky that resulted from the 7 second exposure over the 30 second exposure above.
I continue to be amazed that such a relatively small camera packs such a serious image quality punch. I feel like such a ninja with the X100. Silent, extremely portable, and incredibly quick to deploy:
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G AFS | 1/125 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1600
Tonight I wanted to get a couple frames of the Golden Gate during blue hour. Arrived on site, jumped out of the car, climbed down on the rocks, plopped the small rig down and fired away. I was happy that the fog stayed high enough in the sky to be a sweet element in the photo without completely shrouding the bridge, which is often the case in this very foggy city.
Click on the image above to see a larger version on my City and Landscape gallery.