Misty Mountains

Misty Mountains – HDR image, ISO 200, 35mm (equivalent), f/9.0, 1/320 sec, Fujifilm X100T, Handheld

Misty Mountains

As the weather is getting cooler on the west coast there is more fog, clouds and rain than in summertime. This image shows the Olympic mountain range in Washington State shrouded in very low clouds over the water. In front of the clouds is a container ship of some sort. No doubt leaving Vancouver and on its way to Asia somewhere.

The colors in the sky were not quite as vivid IRL, but thanks to the magic of RAW images I was able to pull more intensity out from them. I bracketed +-1 stop. Actually thats as far as you can bracket on the Fujifilm X100T. This is actually a gripe I have about this camera. If only it could bracket a little bit wider. Why-o-why Fuji? Please! It’s just a firmware fix!

Increasing the intensity also amped up the noise that was visible in the clouds. I used Noiseless CK to calm down the noise and gave the clouds the soft look they deserved. Im really liking the way Noiseless CK can make a really great guess on how much noise reduction to apply just by analyzing the image. I do have the ability to adjust the default, but it’s usually pretty close to what I would chose already.

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at Pixelbip.com and writing about my experiences at EarthToKeir.com