Portrush Sunset

On Thursday evening, 27th July 2022, Janette and me went down to the West Strand at Portrush to watch the sunset – how romantic is that! But we shared the experience with the Fujifilm X-T4 Camera, and about 100 other people who were gathered there! Here’s what the camera saw…

Fujifilm X-T4, F=135mm, f/16 @ 1/125th sec on ISO100.

A Facebook friend commented that it was ‘dark.’ It is, but that’s because of how I made the image. The camera settings tell you about the exposure. You can see that the lens was stopped down to f/16, – almost just a pin-prick, and the ISO was replicating an ISO100 film, a ‘slow’ film speed. Thus light entering the camera was reduced to a tiny amount. The result of this is

  • To prevent the sun from being overexposed,
  • Saturating the black shade areas to accentuate the contrast between the reflection on the waves and the shadow areas of the sea.
  • To saturate and deepen the reds.

In post-capture processing, the image was balanced in Lightroom, with a tiny bit of adjustment to make sure that the black and white points were correctly established. This being checked, the exposure is perfect right across the spectrum. It is what I intended it to be.

That’s the difference between ‘taking a picture’ and making an image. Photography is art, and art is subjective. The old adage that ‘the camera never lies’ is totally untrue.