Fire in the Canberra Sky

Fire in the Canberra Sky

Canberra’s Mount Ainslie is a wonderful spot for great cityscapes over Australia’s national capital. It is always a good place to take in a sunset over the city centre (to the right of the photo), or over Parliament House (across the bridge to the left).

With poor weather forecasts I wasn’t confident the sunset would be great photographically, but decided to take a look anyway. I was very pleased that I did, with the cloudy sky giving way to a magnificent sunset over the Brindabella ranges.

I am in the process of upgrading my camera equipment, particularly for my landscape photography. I have decided to adopt the Fujifilm X-T3 as my primarly topside camera, and this is the first image I am sharing created on this new camera.

I get what many have raved about regarding the colour fidelity of the Fuji system. This image was captured with no filters, and I of course exposed to capture the sky. I actually took bracketed shots, but in fact used a single RAW file as there was enough information in the file.

I used only Lightroom (both CC and Classic) to adjust the foreground, pulling out details in the shadows, taking care to not touch the waters of Lake Burley Griffin. The Range Masking capability of Lightroom Classic was vital here, and is one of the reasons I still use LrC on many images.

This final edit reflects what I saw on the night.

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Image Data

  • C: Fujifilm X-T3
  • L: Fujinon XF 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR
  • E: Lightroom + Lightroom Classic


Photography enthusiastic, writer, hiker and diving geek from Canberra (and Sydney), Australia. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

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