I Almost Didn’t Shoot This

Derwentwater near to sunset. Keswick, the Lake District. Fuji X-T3 and Fuji 16-80 lens.

At the time I didn’t think this image would work. I was certain the conditions were too bright, and the dynamic range of the scene was too high. These were just a couple of the challenges that almost made me not bother taking the image. In the end, I decided to just take the shot and see what I could make of it in post-processing. Boy am I pleased that I did.

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The image is of Derwentwater in the Lake District, taken near to the landing stage for the boats at Keswick. I used my Fuji X-T3 with the new Fuji 16-60 lens. I shot this handheld and without filters at ISO160 (the base ISO for the Fuji X-T3). This gave a shutter speed of 1/280” at f/11.0.

Post capture processing was in Capture One for the RAW conversion which allowed me to do a lot of the shadow and highlight recovery. I then used Nik Viveza to improve the light after which I softened the image with a faint blur to the highlights.

Have a great weekend.

13 thoughts on “I Almost Didn’t Shoot This

  1. Hi Robin,

    I am am currently reading you’re book on Photoshop to get to grips with improving my skills…I note you are using capture One, where I use Lightroom/ Photoshop and I am interested to know if you prefer Capture One, and if you still use The Lightroom/ Photoshop combination as well.


    John H

    1. Hi John. I switched to Capture One for processing my Fuji RAW files as the results are much better than doing the RAW conversion with either Photoshop or Lightroom (which I still use for other processing). I then take the TIFF file from the RAW conversion into Photoshop for additional processing where I also apply Nik adjustments. I hope this helps.

      1. Thanks a Robin, I will get to grips with Photoshop thanks to you’re book then have a wee look at Capture One


        John H

    1. My friend who is just out of frame had a dozen of them in a cage. Each time I was ready to shoot he would frow one into the air.
      No seriously, it was just good luck. I shot about 8 frames quickly and noticed this one had a bird in it. I liked the bird so I picked that frame.

  2. Be interested in your view . I’m a hobbyist photographer ..I enter camera club competitions . I have the 18-55 and 55-200 which I use with my XT3. I have often toyed with the idea of getting the 18-135 for versatility because I often switch those 2 lenses ? Held off getting the 18-135 because I’m not convinced that I would get better IQ than my 2 existing lens . Thinking about getting the 16-80 to use instead of 18-55 …but need to be convinced . Grateful for your view . Thank you .

    1. This is a tricky one. I think you may get a little better quality with the 18-55 at the wide end than the 18-135. I think there is a little more distortion with the 18-135 that needs to be corrected which may affect the results. The long end of the 18-135 is pretty impressive. I did write a review of the 18-135 which may help you https://lenscraft.co.uk/photography-blog/fuji-18-135-review/. The 16-80 is an interesting one as well. I like it because of the focal range and the 16mm at the wide end. BUT I think the 18-55 I have gives better results. I’m really not convinced by the 16-80 at the moment. This could be that the lens profile that’s embedded in the software isn’t very good and it seems to have to remove a lot of distortion. If I set the distortion correction to 0 the edges of the frame are much improved. The results may improve when the likes of Capture One start to ship their own lens profiles for it. I also don’t think it resolved detail all that well at the long end. The image stabilisation is always on which is a pain if you want to pan on a tripod for panoramics. Fuji says it won’t be an issue but I think it is. You need to allow a couple of seconds for the camera to settle between each shot when shooting a panoramic on a tripod. The IS is amazing though and allows you to shoot handheld at very slow speeds. Having both the 16-80 and 18-135 is a problem for me as they seem to fight for my attention. I bought the 16-80 to replace my 16-55 (which is a lump of a lens) so I could shoot more handheld. Decide what you value most from a lens in this range and then buy one or the other. I hope my review on my website for the 18-135 might help you.

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