I reviewed the original Fuji X100 when it came out, and decided it wasn’t for me — a bit too slow for my tastes, and the sensor wasn’t there yet. Two generations later, in April 2015, I finally accepted the X100T for what it was — a small, retro camera, which should handle most of my needs when travelling. The single 35 mm (in full frame terms) focal length is of course limiting, but it is my favourite — I rarely took the Nikkor 35 mm f/2D off of my D700. In fact, I sold my DSLR a few months later and have not missed it at all. I am however planning to spring for a Fuji X-Pro2 or X-T2 in the near future.
Table of Contents
- Day One — Our Airbnb Host Was Nowhere to Be Found.
- Day Two — Like a Bloody Fire Engine!
- Day Three — Things You Need to Know About Renting Cars and Dining.
- Day Four — I Know Where the Rum’s Gone!
- Day Five — The Diamond Rock / Rocher Du Diamant.
- Day Six — A Beautiful Sunset.
- Day Seven — Beaches and Nudists.
- Day Eight — How to Avoid Crowded Beachs on the Weekends.
- Day Nine — The Volcano and Jardin de Balatan.
- Day Ten — Banana Museum.
- Day Eleven — Sunsets.
- Day Twelve — the One With Me Being Lazy.
- Day Thirteen — Les Trois Ilets, Pointe Du Bout, and the Museums.
- Day Fourteen — Anse Michel, Anse Trabuad, and Driving Down a Road Narrower Than Our Car.
- Day Fifteen — Astrophotography of the Night Sky with a Fuji X100T.
- Day Sixteen — Trying Some More Astrophotography with the Fuji X100T.
- Day Seventeen — Restaurant Pignon Nouvelle Vague in Les Trois Ilets.
- Day Eighteen & Nineteen — Probably the Best Vacation in My Life.
The one thing I haven’t yet tried with the X100T is shooting the night sky. I was always in locations with enormous light pollution, and since we’re on Martinique, I decided to give it a shot (pun unintended) yesterday. Unfortunately, the moon was always in the way for the past few weeks, but not last night.
Orion’s Belt, in the middle of the frame.
I learned three things:
- there are many more cameras better than the X100T at astrophotography
- I have a lot to learn in terms of processing them
- I should learn to stack shots
- I shouldn’t expose for more than 20 seconds @ 35 mm
All three photos were shot at ISO 3200, f/2, between 20 and 25 seconds. The photo above, as well as the featured one at the top of this post, show a bit of the colour of the Milky Way, however there were a few issues last night, which I’ll try to avoid tonight:
- a nearby lamp polluted the images more than I thought it would
- the clouds came in fast
I’ll try harder today, and bump up the ISO to 6400.
P.S. If anyone know of any stacking tutorials for OS X & Photoshop, that do not require me to spend hours aligning the shots, I’d be grateful for a link. Or software to do it for me.