by ursulaComment by ursula:
Thank you for the votes and comments. Much appreciated.
I got a Fuji X-T1 recently, so I don't have to lug around the D800 when I go on hikes or whatever. It's been great so far! The X-T1 is a good camera. It does not replace the Nikon D800, but it is an excellent second camera and it definitely will replace my older Nikon D7000.
I shot this in the evening at almost 8PM on a very windy and cold day in the Palouse area of Washington State in the USA. This is from Steptoe Butte, the highest point in the Palouse, looking sorta south, maybe a bit west? From Steptoe Butte you can see farmland in all directions, with distant mountains, and often great skies. Even though it was so cold that I was still shivering even with 2 shirts, my heavy polartec sweater, my down vest and my windbreaker on, it was a beautiful evening, full of storms in the distance and really warm filtered light all around. This was shot handheld, using a polarizer lens on the 55-200 lens. I was sorta using the outdoor cement washrooms as a shelter from the wind, and it didn't smell too good. I am using the Velvia settings of the X-T1, and love it! I used to love FujiFilm way back. Anyway.
The original is rather dark and not prime quality. I shot it RAW+JPG. In Lightroom I reset camera calibration to Velvia, then applied a couple presets I have to lighten/brighten the image. Sent to PS and finished by processing the top/bottom parts separately since the bottom was way darker than the top. I increased the colours and especially the reds, that is, if I remember, I shifted the yellows towards red or something like that. Anyway. As usual, I am rather experimental and random when it comes to both shooting and processing, which suits me just fine, but makes it difficult to explain how things were done. Oh well.