"Storm's Coming" Austin, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/9000 sec, ISO400
“Storm’s Coming” Austin, 2016

こんばんは!

Tonight’s photo is of (surprise!) another cloud. ☁️ I realize that clouds are one of my favorite subjects to make photos of, so I did a little research on how to make better photos of them.

One thing that people have recommended using is a polarizing filter. Usually this type of filter is used to reduce reflections off of glass or water, but it also gives better definition and contrast to the sky and clouds. I honestly don’t know how much of an effect it will have since I usually do some editing in Lightroom to get the style I like, but since I already own a circular polarizer, I figured, why not?

After buying a step-up ring so that the 55mm filter would fit on the 49mm thread on my X100T, I took a few photos while I was out and about with my son Koa. There were a lot of nice clouds in the sky because of the approaching storm so I took the opportunity to make a few photos.

Below you can see how the polarizing filter can cut the reflections out of the photo. The circular polarizer actually rotates so you can dial in how much of an effect you want to achieve. In the photo on the left, I kept a pretty heavy reflection, but for the photo on the right, I rotated the filter and the reflections disappeared like magic! If you click on the photos, you can see that the cloud reflections on the hood of my car were eliminated as well. Pretty slick!

Anyways, I played around with the image in Lightroom and eventually I found the look I wanted, which is the black and white version below. I used Nik Silver Efex Pro2 to convert the color image to black and white.

"Reflection" Austin, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/1700 sec, ISO200
“Reflection” Austin, 2016

I hope you had a nice Tuesday! We’re almost over the hump… just one more day and then it’s a straight shot to the long weekend here in the States. 😄

おやすみなさい!

– B Barron Fujimoto

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