A Face in the Clouds?

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/1500 sec, ISO200
“Cloudy Face” Cedar Park, 2019

My Fujifilm X100T said it detected a face in the clouds… looks more like a baby elephant to me. Did you find it?

Loving the Clouds These Days

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/3500 sec, ISO200
“Big Cloud” Cedar Park, 2019

I have to follow up yesterday’s sunburst post with another sky photo. The clouds the past couple of days have been great. When my Mom visited last week, we joked about how nice the clouds were, but she said that in Los Angeles, they don’t have many clouds. Come to think of it, I don’t have any particular memories of the clouds in Southern California (I was born and raised there), but I do remember when I traveled to Hawaii, the clouds there were simply amazing! And while Texas clouds aren’t quite as stunning as Hawaii’s, they can be beautiful, and the scale just seems bigger. I guess this is where I insert the comment about everything being bigger in Texas. 😆

I hope you had a great day!


Sunburst Photo Settings

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/16, 1/300 sec, ISO200
“Sunburst” Cedar Park, 2019

I love taking cloud/sun/sky photos, and my Fujifilm X100T makes it a breeze! In fact, any camera with an electronic viewfinder (EVF) can help because you won’t be looking directly at the sun, which not only is safe for your eyes, but the live-view allows you to can make exposure adjustments and see what the photo will look like even before you press the shutter button. Compared to my old DSLR and film cameras, using live-view feels like a bit of time-travel.

For today’s photo, these are the pertinent settings:

  • Circular Polarizer – Main effect here is the lens flare and used as an ND filter. I don’t think the polarizing effect was strong because of the angle.
  • F/16 – Stopped-down aperture gives a pronounced sunburst effect.
  • -1 Exposure Compensation – To keep the highlights from getting blown out.
  • Lightroom Preset – Basic color adjustments, bringing down the highlights, and adding a little grain.

I hope you had a good day!


Blue Hour Clouds over the Neighborhood

"Blue Hour" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/8, 1/100 sec, ISO250
“Blue Hour” Cedar Park, 2019

I went outside to bring the garbage can back to the house when I saw that the sky was looking pretty awesome. I grabbed my camera and took a few snaps to stitch together in Photoshop. I think it turned out pretty good! It’s amazing how good the stitching technology is these days. I remember having to manually align layers in Photoshop and do quite a bit of blending manually. Now it’s almost entirely automated. Very cool!

"Last Light" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/8, 1/120 sec, ISO200
“Last Light” Cedar Park, 2019

I hope you had a nice Wednesday!


We Enjoyed the Colorful Sky This Evening

"Colorful Sky" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Colorful Sky” Cedar Park, 2019

The temperature is dropping as a cold front arrives here in central Texas, but we were treated with an incredible sunset. Here’s a peek through the trees in our backyard. The sky was amazing!