|Mystery in Stone - Fuji x100s, 1/80, f/2, ISO 3200, Infrared filter|
On a recent conference visit to Europe I traveled light, so I only took my little Fuji x100s with me and left the backpack full of DSLR gear at home. One of the places I got to visit was Stonehenge, which has always been on my bucket list. It was a hot, cloudless day. The light was bad, and there were throngs of tourists, so I wasn't expecting to get anything decent, but I took lots of pictures anyway. In particular, I took a few shots with my infrared filter, which works really well on the x100s, allowing me to take handheld exposures (I had forgotten my tripod).
I felt that the stones have a more "otherworldly" look in the infrared, which increased the mystery of the place. Dialing down the "clarity' slider in Lightroom did the rest. I'm quite happy with the result.
|Salisbury Reflections - Fuji x100s, 1/80, f/2, ISO 1600|
I chose black and white for this image to emphasize the strong vertical lines. I could have lightened the bottom half of the image (water doesn't reflect 100% of the light), but then it would have looked artificial.
|St. Paul's - Fuji x100s, 20sec, f/16, ISO 200|
It was my wife's idea to convert this to black and white, and of course she was 100% right. She always is. And so, by complete coincidence, my only images of the last few months worth showing are in black and white. I think I'm starting to like this medium. I Hope you enjoyed this little triple; a very good evening to you.