*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.
Summer House (in Winter)
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/11, 1/60s, ISO 250
It was in Finland last December that I truly experienced the beauty of the winter sun for the first time, this golden light during all the (short) hours of the day. There are a few summer houses on Seurasaari that I would really have liked to see the inside of…
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/11, 1/60s, ISO 200
With the sun so low on the horizon during the (short) daytime, Finland forests let you experiment with backlighting. I quite like how this one came through.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/1250s, ISO 200
I think my time in Finland was the first time I was truly exposed to a winter sun this low (and in the sky for so short a period). I made many attempts at shooting directly into the sun, using trees and branches as partial covers. This one (I think) works quite well at evoking what it felt like (ie. damn cold!)
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/11, 1/60s, ISO 640
I was worried that Helsinki wouldn’t give me a real taste of Finland, but fortunately, minutes from my hotel was a wooded island called Seurasaari: forest, seashore, winter sun and no cars, it felt like the rest of Finland (to me).
Port Mélite is a natural harbor on the coast of the small Island of Groix in Brittany. When I was there on vacation I headed out there every evening for sundown, and this is one of the most interesting shots I managed to get.