Dusk in Dublin—Fuji X-T1 Exercise

Sunday, February 22, 2015 had been a wet windy day, but as evening approached, I saw the clouds clearing in the west. I made an opportunity to experiment with my X-T1.

The dramatic lighting effects of a winter evening in Dublin are as good a time as any to make photographs, and I’ve found that among the strengths of my new camera is working in low light.

Harcourt Street, Dublin. ISO 1600
Harcourt Street, Dublin. ISO 1600

To retain the hues of dusk, I switched the white balance setting from ‘auto’ to ‘daylight,’ while I upped the ISO dial to its higher ranges, and selected the ‘Velvia’ color profile.

My 18-135 lens is a remarkably sharp piece of glass and its built-in image stabilization allowed me to work hand-held in lighting situations that would have been all but impossible with my film cameras.

 

In bound LUAS Green Line tram glides down Harcourt Street at dusk. ISO 1600; 1/30th of a second.
In bound LUAS Green Line tram glides down Harcourt Street at dusk. ISO 1600; 1/30th of a second.
Pan of LUAS tram on Harcourt Street. ISO 3200 f4.0 1/30th of a second.
Pan of LUAS tram on Harcourt Street. ISO 3200 f4.0 1/30th of a second.
Pan of LUAS tram on Harcourt Street. ISO 3200 f4.0 1/30th of a second.
Pan of LUAS tram on Harcourt Street. ISO 3200 f4.0 1/30th of a second.

I exposed about 140 images over the course of an hour and one half. That’s equivalent to just less than 4 rolls of slide film. I admit that sounds like a lot, however when I found an interesting scene, I’d bracket my exposure, while experimenting with various metering and focusing modes while pushing the limits of image stabilization.

This was an opportunity to test the camera’s capabilities, while working in a visually familiar environment. So, I revisited streets where I’ve photographed frequently over the years.

 

Montague Street looking west.
Montague Street looking west.
Whelans of Wexford Street. 135mm setting, ISO 1600.
Whelans of Wexford Street. 135mm setting, ISO 1600.
Wexford Street looking south.
Wexford Street looking south.
Chinese New Year lamps on Castle Market.
Chinese New Year lamps on Castle Market.
Crecent moon. ISO 3200; 135mm.
Crecent moon. ISO 3200; 135mm.
Dublin Bus takes the corner at Dame Street and South Great Georges Street.
Dublin Bus takes the corner at Dame Street and South Great Georges Street.
Zoom-pan of a traffic on Dame Street.
Zoom-pan of a traffic on Dame Street.
The evening glow looking west on Dame Street. Hundreds of years ago there was a gate to the old city down there.
The evening glow looking west on Dame Street. Hundreds of years ago there was a gate to the old city down there.

This is a sampling of Sunday’s efforts. I exposed RAW and Jpgs of each photo; presented here are scaled versions of the Jpgs. Other than the necessary size reduction for internet presentation, I’ve not manipulated, adjusted or otherwise enhanced these photos in post-processing.

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