Friday Image

Friday Image No. 64

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Olympus EM5, f/6.3, 35 seconds per image, 4 images blended in Lightroom to give the panoramic. Post production with Nik and Alien Skin Exposure 7
Olympus EM5, f/6.3, 35 seconds per image, 4 images blended in Lightroom to give the panoramic. Post production with Nik and Alien Skin Exposure 7. Click the image to enlarge.

It’s another waterfall image this week I’m afraid. This is one of the falls at Keld in the Yorkshire Dales. The weather wasn’t too kind but it doesn’t usually matter when shooting waterfalls or forests. In fact I like the wet weather for this type of scene as it makes the foliage glow with colour. Much better than the contrasty scene a bright sunny day would create.

Hope you like the image and have a great weekend.

Friday Image No. 63

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West Burton Falls, Yorkshire Dales. Olympus EM5 converted for Infrared
West Burton Falls, Yorkshire Dales. Olympus EM5 converted for Infrared

This is West Burton Falls in the Yorkshire Dales, England. It’s the first time I had visited the location and the conditions were far from perfect. Rather than a lovely velvet trickle of water over the falls it was a gushing torrent with a grey overcast sky. I did shoot a number of colour images but wondered what it would look like shot in Infrared. I really like the effect.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Friday Image No. 62

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Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia

This week’s Friday image is one from my trip last year to Bolivia. It appears that I am running out of interesting images to share as well as being short of time. I don’t know what’s happening to me at the moment. I didn’t even manage to post the blog about the new Lightroom Brush I mentioned last week. I promise to try harder.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Friday Image No. 61

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Olympus EM5. Irregular blurring in Lightroom 6 using a Radial Filter
Olympus EM5. Irregular blurring in Lightroom 6 using a Radial Filter

At the moment I have a really strong feeling that I want to shoot some coastal scenes. I haven’t been getting out very much at all with my camera as there have been too many other things that I need to do that unfortunately don’t relate to photography. The best I can do is content myself with looking back over past images and choosing some to reprocess.

I then started to process the image above in Lightroom which is where I came across a rather interesting feature that I think is new in Lightroom v6. At least I don’t recall it in an earlier version. When using tools such as the Gradient Filter or Radial Filter a mask is automatically created. There is now a collection of brushes within these tools that allow you to refine the masks. Experimenting with a Radial Filter I was able to make the selective adjustments to blur irregular areas of the image. I’m going to investigate this further and will probably pull together a short piece about it.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Friday Image No.60

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Llyn Peninsula, North Wales. Olympus EM5, 12-40mm lens at 12mm. ISO200, f/8, 8.8", Lee 10 stop filter.
Llyn Peninsula, North Wales. Olympus EM5, 12-40mm lens at 12mm. ISO200, f/8, 8.8″, Lee 10 stop filter.

It’s been a very long week again. Most of my free time was taken up with repairing the damage done to the Lenscraft site and dealing with errors in Google so I apologise for not posting anything of interest this past week. Hopefully after this weekend I can get back to normal and start posting and adding tutorials again.

Despite this, I found a little time to search through my archives and find another image from my trip to North Wales last year. This was taken on the same morning (but a little earlier) as last week’s Friday Image. I quite like the painterly quality of the light.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Friday image No. 58

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Three image stich of Helm Crag with approaching snow storm. Canon G16.
Three image stich of Helm Crag with approaching snow storm. Canon G16.

Recently I have begun the task (albeit slowly) of cleaning up my Lightroom Catalogues. I have loads of rubbish in there and all these images are beginning to weigh on my conscience. Some people do this clean up activity almost as soon as they have downloaded the images to their computer but this doesn’t seem to work for me. I find I need some space between the shoot and the review, in fact I often find I need 6 months before I can appreciate some of the images.

If I try to do this exercise too soon I find that I delete images that have a subtle appeal and quite often grow on you. I also find that I keep the images that are high impact, which are the ones I frequently tire of quickly.

I’m currently working through my Canon G16 files from a shoot on Helm Crag that I did in winter. I’m now finding that I really like some of the images that I shot including this one. I’m also finding that the new Photo Merge feature in Lightroom CC a real bonus as it’s encouraging me to group each series of Panorama images into Stacks. I can then quickly produce a merged Panorama and include it with the Stack. It’s really helping my review process.

I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.

Friday Image No.57

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The doorway to the chapter house, Wells Cathedral. Olympus EM5, ISO800, f/5.6, 1/25"
The doorway to the chapter house, Wells Cathedral. Olympus EM5, ISO800, f/5.6, 1/25″

Do you ever have the experience of seeing one of your photographs and thinking “I really like this but I don’t know why”? You continue to look at the image and convince yourself that it’s poor or boring and move on. A few minutes later it catches your eye again and you think yes I do like that only to then change your mind.

As I was searching for this week’s Friday Image I had this exact experience with the image above. I will probably come to regret publishing it but then again there is something that I really like.

Whatever your view of the image have a great weekend and I hope you find time for some photography.