The beauty of Water
Today (15-10) was one of those days were the sun and the temperature was feeling like the first day of the spring. around 18 degrees Celsius, blue sky. Only the sun reveals the time of the year by its position. It was time to enjoy the sun in a different place than normally on the streets. In the morning, I opened my curtains and there she was, a beautiful day ahead of us. It is time to take the camera onto the water. The sun brought an amazing brilliance on the water. A perfect day to enjoy the weather with my camera on the water.
This year, my parents in law have bought a very nice boat. Actually a bigger, more comfortable boat. The former one was too small to make longer trips. For the people who love boats. They bought a Weco 825C with a cabin, now we can sail for multiple days to energize yourself again.
I never thought sailing would something I'd love. My very busy life with a lot of pressure to perform every day. Most of the time, when I get into the car and drive to the boat is like a mini holiday. Once you are on the boat, releasing the hawsers and sail to open water. it feels like you can release your thoughts and feeling the rest within your mind and body. You are starting to feel yourself relax.
The last weekend of the sailing season 2017
After a poor summer with a lot of rain gusty winds. It felt like an extended autumn. We had a sunny and bright day today, in the middle of October. The month where the autumn is started. falling leaves from the trees. Beautiful brown and red colors.
But today, it was like spring. so we went to the boat and started the engines. Once on the open water, the wind was blowing through my hair and you felt the sun energizing your body.
We sailed about 15 minutes before we got to the Westeinderplas. Quite a big lake near a city named Aalsmeer.
Taking photo's on the water
Now we slowed downed the engine to enjoy everything around. It was time for me to take my FujiFilm X100F out of my pocket. Looking around to capture the beauty of the water. Shooting on the water is really different than walking on the street. On the street, there is so much going on. Every minute is different. On a boat, you only can look around and think about what could pass your lens.
My camera has a fixed focal point, thus a fixed lens. Try to capture the sailing boats far away is not the picture I like to shoot. Everything on the picture is too small. What should I try to capture?
When I looked at the sun, I saw the brilliance on the water. It should be great to get a sailing boat within the brilliance and try to get a silhouette shot. I never had a good chance to shoot silhouettes with my new Fujifilm X100F camera.
It was not very crowded on the water. So I waiting very long to get a good picture. The picture below was one of those pictures. I created some depth by using a part of our boat. The other sailing boats where quiet far away. My next picture was the shot I was looking for.
Choosing the settings
Looking over the water, waiting for a beautiful ship to pass. I saw a sailing boat coming closer, I got closer to the point where he would cross me. These were my camera settings of the picture I shot:
- Film Simulation: Across Red Filter
- Light Measurement: Integral
- Shadow: 0
- Film Simulation: ACROS + G
- ISO: 200
- Shutter Speed: 1/2500
- Arpeture: F5
- Dynamic Range: 100
- Noise Reduction: 0
- Highlight tone: 0
- Shadow Tone: 0
- Sharpness: 0
- Grain Effect: none
This picture needs some Lightroom edit. I do not have that much experience to get my camera in the perfect setting. I am learning though. Maybe I could add more shadow and reduces the highlights.
The original picture below:
I have made some Lightroom adjustments to get a more silhouette style picture. This was the idea from the beginning, but I am not the professional who got the right shot without editing :).
I want to get more detail of the water by reducing the brilliance. These were my adjustments: