First time using the X100S on sunset shot. It’s kind of exposure nightmare for the digital camera because the sky is usually too bright and the ground too dark. I’d spent few grands on GND filters to solve the problem with my DSLR, and the result are pretty good. The problem is that GND takes time to setup and shoot, and you’ll definitely need to use a tripod for the job.
The X100S got a nifty dynamic range extension like the 40D, except that the X100S can do two extra stops. Basically at ISO800, the photo is taken at ISO200 with two stop underexposed. Then the JPEG engine will brighten the shadow area.
Below the photo is taken at Aperture mode @ f/2.5, Auto ISO selected to 4000 to keep the 1/125 shutter speed. I’d selected EV+1 because the ground was underexposed. I would say the JPEG SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera) is pretty darn good. At ISO4000 the noise is very well controlled.
I tried a little edit on the file, and I’m surprised how much I can pull from the highlight. Again, not forgetting this is from JPEG. With some NR on the software, the pic actually look usable!
I dial in the settings on the shot, f/4 ISO1600 handheld at 1/13. The leaf shutter causes less shake compared to the ones in DSLR. Again, very impressive SOOC.
A quick adjustment in Lightroom on the JPEG and this a really nice photo. I didn’t change the colour temperature one bit!
Now, that challenge of taking landscape with the not so wide 35mm focal length will be something I will need to improve upon.