Newport Back Bay at sunrise, taken with Fuji X-H2 and Velvia film simulation

I accepted the invite to go out and shoot some sunrise photography at Newport Back Bay, more precisely Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center at the Newport Back Bay. I had one goal: to test the timelapse capabilities of the Fuji X-H2. Well, that was way harder than I had predicted. I had a variable ND filter and thought I would move it slowly darker and darker as the sun rose to allow me to retain the same camera settings as the morning became brighter and brighter. The sun soon bested my ND filter’s power and I had to start moving the F-stop from 2.8 to 22. So, you can imagine that the jumps in F-stop made for jarring changes in the exposure, compared to the slight changes in the ND filter that I had been making. All that to say that I will be individually adjusting the RAW files so that there is a seamless (hopefullly) timelapse of 5 seconds or so. Stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, just as interesting, here are two treatments of the same frame based on these two film simulations: Classic Negative and Velvia.

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