*Alternate Port Mélite*
Last week I reposted on social media this photo Port Mélite which I took in 2011. The version I posted was an HDR: back then I was experimenting with the technique and although I quickly dropped it, that picture stayed one of my favourite. As I was looking through my collections to publish new long exposure shots this week, I found this alternate shot of the same location (just before and a very slightly different angle) and wondered if with the changes in Lightroom since 2011 and my changes in taste and editing skill I might produce a satisfying photo from the single shot. I’m pleased to say that I did, and I actually prefer the softer, more subdued tones of this alternate version.
Fuji xpro-2, 85mm, f/5,6, 1/100s, ISO 800
I only saw a couple of sunsets in Bali, but both were quite spectacular. The added bonus for this one was the fisherman in the water to his thighs, which made for a nice (and local) anchor point for the composition.
Fuji Xpro-2, 50mm, f/4, 1/3000s, ISO 200
Truth be told, it’s hard to find anything authentic in Bali, especially in or around Kuta. The area is so devoted to tourism that it feels like very little remains of what Bali must have been originally. And yet I spotted this rare local fisherman pulling his net in. He was definitely not there for tourists.
The Sea in Napier
Fuji xpro-2, 54mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO 250
Truth is, we got lousy weather in Napier. As a consequence, what I was hoping to shoot (the art deco buildings) I didn’t manage to get any good shot out of. But within minutes of arriving, this break in the clouds gave me a minimalist shot I really liked. I rarely post photos of my kids, but here is one!
Fuji xpro-2, 27mm, f/16, 12s, ISO 200
I know this doesn’t look exactly like the best holiday weather (and it wasn’t), but you make the most of what you have, and I definitely like this haunting long exposure of the fractured rocks by the Cook Straight in Wellington.
Fuji x-Pro2, 38mm, f/16, 10s, ISO 200
I arrived in Wellington in late December (so early Summer) to abysmal weather (although the locals told me it wasn’t all that bad…) Still, the coast south of city was such a perfect spot for long exposure that I decided to brave the rain. This is the result, which I think made it worth it!
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/4, 1/200s, ISO 200
Despite the lackluster weather, we were able to do a day’s worth of boating in the bay east of Phuket in a long-tail fisherman’s boat. It was fun, hopping from island to island and discovering wonderful coves, beautiful lagoons and even caves! This rock protected a tiny natural lagoon where we stopped to dip in the waters and just generally play around in the water. We even had a couple of sunrays while we were there (but it didn’t last…)
Andaman Storm Brewing
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/900s, ISO 200
I spent a few days on an Island near Phuket in Thailand. Unfortunately for us, the generally clement weather was anything but. I made do with what I have though, and this week I will share a few shots I took there, mostly seascapes. Here is probably the most successful, showing the numerous islands peppering the Andaman sea (and the heavy weather).
San Giorgio Maggiore
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 20s, ISO 200
Venice is a honeytrap for the amateur photographer, and despite only having my x100s and gorillapod, I was able to make some really great low-light long-exposures while I was there. This is one of them.
Sunrise Under the Bay Bridge
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 14s, ISO 200 w. ND 64 external filter and ND 8 internal filter
It’s surprisingly difficult to do sunrise shots of San Francisco. The city is nearly always lost in fog until close to mid-day, and on my first day there last week I didn’t realise how lucky I was to catch this much of a sunrise, which is admittedly not much. Still, I quite liked the composition, with the wooden piles at the forefront and what little of the morning sunlight is visible directly under the bridge. I remain amazed at my x100s’ capabilities and am seriously thinking about ditching the Canon system altogether…