On our visit to Oxford, we happened to catch a sailing regatta. The boats racing are Shields, a 30-foot, one-design racing sailboat.
Sometimes, I miss having a boat, but most of the time, I remember two adages about boats. The first, "a boat is a hole in the water into which one throws money," and the second, "the happiest days in a boater's life are the day he buys his boat and the day he sells her," are both so very true.
I mentioned earlier that I also shot some sunrise pictures with the Fujifilm X10 this morning, and that I'd post something "later." It's later. This is from a raw file. For those interested, ISO 400 (should have been 100, but I screwed up), f/5.0 (should have been f/11, the Fuji's smallest aperture, but I screwed up), 1/1500 second, and the lens was set at 18mm. I was shooting aperture priority with an exposure compensation of -1. Overall, not bad. I did mess around with this in Lightroom for the raw conversion, and I know it's a little greenish, but going any bluer just doesn't look right either.
Anyway, the point of the picture was to see how the little Fuji would handle the situation, and I'd say it really didn't suck. The sun was not completely blown out, and there's still detail in the shadow areas that was quite usable. And with a little more time tweaking the color, I could probably get it right. I'm very impressed. Pixel peeping shows that the image is quite sharply focused. And there was much less muss-and-fuss as compared to getting shots with the Sony SLT-A35. Granted, the Sony shots were probably a bit better -- more dynamic range in the Sony images. Maybe tomorrow, if there's time, I'll see if I have a better image to start with from the Fuji.