Open Top Skyline

Skyline from Lady Bird Lake - Austin, Texas

Skyline from Lady Bird Lake – Austin, Texas

I made this last photo of this series at the end of the cruise, just as we docked. This is the view from the open-top deck, one of two levels on the boat.

After we passed under the “bat bridge”, the cruise continued for another hour and a half, as we meandered west before heading back. In total, a three-hour event. Very enjoyable, even though our flying friends didn’t do their finest performance. For me, creating urban landscapes from atypical vantage points was more than enough to satisfy.

I made all six photos of this series with a modest, four-year-old Fuji X-A2 and a kit lens. It did a worthy job, even though I had to push its limits towards the end. This photo, for example, was at a 1/4 of a second shutter speed at ISO 3200. The lens has image stabilization, and I squeezed 2 – 3 stops of much-needed stability.

I also used Topaz software to do AI noise reduction to sharpen and clean up the image. I’m not above using the latest software technology to bolster older hardware. The bottom line? This $115 camera (not including the lens) I bought off of eBay did a fine job. I do get a kick out of pushing old tech.

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