I recently visited the Chinese Gardens in Sydney and took my trusty FujiFilm x100s with me to capture the vista. Although the day was overcast and gloomy, the skies started to brighten enough for a walk to check out the zen gardens. All photos were taken in Fujifilm x100s in raw and converted in Lightroom CC, black and whites used the Nik plugin. This camera always amazes me with its portability and image quality. Click every photo for bigger example.
Chinese dragon at the entrance of the gardens.
View from the public promenade outside of the gardens
Dont you just love these lanterns
This picture was virtually in darkness but recovered really nicely in Lightroom CC
The hanging gardens of Zen
Lucky red window
Using the macro mode to capture these leaves against the sunlight
Archways and stairways to Zen
Rain soaked stairways of rock and shale
Without a tripod I rested the camera on some rocks and steadied the shot using the 2 sec timer, F16, pumped up the exposure to trick the camera into allowing for more time to capture motion
Similar techniques as the last photo to capture the movement of water
Again a bit of movement in the water adds to the vista
Framing the shot is important, and using the environment around you to frame a shot is also useful
This is my postcard shot against the city skyline