Always the last to leave
If there's one thing I've learnt about photography at sunset, it's that your best shot is almost always one of the first of the session. If I've learnt two things though, it's always to stay till the bitter end just in case something magical happens. So with that in mind I'd love to share a spectacularly colourful surprise, but when you're talking about Scotland in Autumn, the best I can offer is dark and moody.
At the 2015 #Europhotowalk we approached our final location under darkening skies - and this was well before the Sun was due to set. Our nearest star was well hidden behind banks of threatening clouds which predictably began to empty their contents onto us and our neutral density filters. The sensible among us began to pack up and head back to their cars, but I always want more. It's not that I believe something incredible is going to happen - although it occasionally does - but more that I'm simply greedy. I want to take one more photo, so I'm invariably the last to leave a location.
I spotted this view earlier and wanted to bag it before I left, but the light was failing fast. My first attempt was almost black. The second barely brighter, but there was a hint of something I liked, so I pressed on for one last go. As the rain began to fall more heavily I sheltered my camera for one additional exposure: 20 seconds at f16 and 100 ISO with a three-stop ND filter. I used my Fujifilm XT1 and XF 10-24mm at 14mm for a 21mm equivalent field of view.
As always, it's an out-of-camera JPEG - well it'd have to be a JPEG as the XT1 doesn't support RAW at 100 ISO - and I used the Velvia Film Simulation to try and boost what little colour was remaining. In terms of composition it turned out to be a classic rule-of-thirds with the horizon slicing the upper third and the pier ending at an intersection. It wasn't deliberately composed this way, but just ended complying with the rules.
PS - the lower-priced XT10 matches the XT1's image quality, and my review-in-progress is at the link below!