Happy New Year.
I hope you managed to have a nice Christmas and New Year. Mine was uneventful except for my boiler breaking down on Christmas Eve. We spent the Christmas/New Year period without heating or hot water. After that experience, I’m quite happy to stay indoors and keep warm during the lockdown.
With the latest lockdown in the UK, I’m back to processing old images. I still have tens of thousands to get through and I don’t think I will run out any time soon. Here’s one from a shoot in November 2015 which I had completely overlooked and shared this shot earlier today on my Instagram account.
At the time I was shooting with a Sony A7R paired with Canon lenses, but this image was with my trusty Olympus EM5. After dragging myself and all that kit up a mountain in winter, I ended up shooting most of my images with the Olympus. Even now when I look at the detail in the EM5 shot the quality is excellent and it easily stands up to a 200% enlargement.
I remember this was a handheld exposure and I can see the metadata says it was 1/60” at ISO200 and f/7.1 on the Olympus 12-40 lens at 17mm. Unfortunately, I don’t have my notes about the filter used but I suspect it was a 0.6 ND Grad.
Exposure Blending or Filters
Something that I’m often asked is, which is better, filters or exposure blending. If you don’t mind the additional work involved in exposure blending, the results can be excellent, but then it’s not always a convenient to shoot bracketed exposures.
Because I cut my teeth shooting film, I tend towards using ND Grad filters most of the time and find them convenient. Despite this, I do use exposure blending in some circumstances and even combine the technique with filters, like in the image below.
To explain how I do my exposure blending I published this video on YouTube earlier today. It shows the entire process for this image from RAW conversion through to blended image.
I hope you like the image and video and have a great weekend.