I'm fighting a head cold. As is typical, colds wear me down physically and mentally so I thought a walk at lunchtime would be the best remedy. Fresh air and a warm sun couldn't hurt.
I had my Fuji X100s with me today. I shot quite a bit of film over the long President's Day weekend which is now on the way to TheFINDLab in Orem, Utah.
The bright midday sun is always a challenge. I elected to leverage the brightness rather than fight it by deliberately exposing and sometimes over exposing to the right of the histogram. I love shooting the X100s. Unlike many others, I really like the electronic viewfinder (EVF). One of the features I use constantly is the built in histogram in the EVF. I can instantly see where my composition falls with the exposure, how far to the right the shot will fall. Knowing the scene, I can tell what parts of the scene are going to blow out and decide whether I'm okay with that before pressing the shutter. I also dial down the color saturation to -2 to desaturate everything. I like the bright, somewhat washed out look. The Fuji colors can be strong so dialing them down can be really nice.
Even though the X100s has a built in 3 stop ND filter, I put on my B+W filter which gives me the additonal latitude to go down 6 stops and shoot really wide open at a lower shutter speed. Typically though, I'm down 3 stops. The San Diego, Southern California sun makes this almost a necessity to cut down on the available light. It can be relatively intense even at this time of the year.
As always, thanks for stopping by.