This week I want to share a shot from 2016.
The lake in the scene is Llyn Gwynant in Snowdonia, Wales. I’ve visited this location quite a few times in various conditions but never shot a good sunset.
In fact, until the other day, I would include the images you see here in that statement. Despite trying at the time, when I processed these images, I found the results disappointing. They completely failed to live up to my expectations yet now I like them.
So, what changed?
The honest answer is I don’t know. Yes, I’ve improved and expanded my editing skills since 2016 but not to that degree. The software I use has also improved but again, it shouldn’t make this much difference. Now when I process these shots, everything just seemed to slot into place as I want it to.
If anyone has any ideas do let me know because it has me scratching my head; I don’t want to have to wait 5 years after a shoot to produce an image I like from it.
In terms of processing these images, they both use exposure blending. Whilst I was using an ND Grad filter when I shot these, I couldn’t use a strong enough filter because of the hills cutting the horizon. Eventually I decided to bracket the shots in case I needed to use exposure blending (which I did). After that it was a small tweak in the Nik Collection using Nik Viveza and Color Efex Pro to open the shadows more.
Exposure Blending in Affinity Photo
Last week I shared my exposure blending video using Adobe Photoshop. This generated a few emails and comments asking how to do the same thing in Affinity Photo, so this week I’ve published that video. If you want to see how this works using one of the above images, here the link to the video on YouTube.
New Affinity Photo Book
The other big news for me this week is that I published my latest book titled Affinity Photo How To. It explains how to accomplish some common editing tasks in Affinity Photo, like how to crop or sharpen a photo, or how to refine a mask. But what’s special about this book is that it expands the chosen 25 subjects in a way that builds your understanding of Affinity Photo, delving deep into different areas.
I’m now working on a print version of the book which I hope to publish in the next 2-3 weeks.
I hope you enjoy the images and video and have a great weekend.