Adam Perfect

Mendocino Headlands sea arch

Fujifilm X-T1, 32.9mm, 1/20s, f/10.0, ISO 3200

Here's an old one, from 2015 and a trip to California with work. At the weekend, a colleague and I drove up to Mendocino for a mini photography trip, met another colleague for dinner and then went out to the headlands for sunset.

I have a whole set of images that evening I want to share, but for now I thought I'd go this one, looking across the headlands and a small sea arch in the inlet.

I didn't have a tripod with me, so this is handheld and straining the old Fuji X-T1 sensor at ISO 3200 and, oddly, f/10—it was a very run-and-gun situation, more hanging out with friends than thinking too hard about the photography. 

These kinds of twilight conditions I often find hard to process: getting the feel right of that just-post-sunset atmosphere where the light is low and your eyes are working that bit harder. Oddly, I think the noise/grain from the higher ISO image might actually help here, with 'crushing' the blacks and pulling them higher up the tone curve. It starts to feel a bit more like it did to be there, even if it's actually quite heavily processed from the raw file.

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