I want to start by apologising for my radio silence over the past couple of weeks. The first week I didn’t post was Good Friday. But then last week, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh passed, and it just didn’t seem right to be posting. I hope you understand.
Of course, the other problem that I’m also trying to contend with is that I haven’t been out to do any photography. Looking back through my archives, the last time I did any photography in April was 2019 with a trip to Scotland. Looking back, I now find even some of my second-rate images that I dismissed at the time, appealing.
I wish I could tell you more about this shot, but I can’t. It’s somewhere in the Scottish Highlands along the coast. It was around 5pm in the afternoon so still a few hours away from sunset but the light on the sea loch was wonderful. I remember using quite a strong filter to tame the highlights, but I didn’t make a note (argh!). I suspect it was a reverse ND graduate so I’m going to claim that. The camera was a Fuji XT3 with Fuji 16-55 lens at 16mm. I can’t recall if I used a tripod but if I did it probably wasn’t necessary as the exposure is 1/450″ at f/11 and ISO160.
Image processing is limited. I’ve just applied a Kodak Ultracolor film preset using Exposure X6. I think the simplicity of the preset works well for this scene. If I tried to do more, I would probably end up ruining the atmosphere.
I’m looking forward to getting out with a camera again but I’m also feeling very rusty.
DxO PureRAW Video
On Wednesday DxO launched a new RAW converter called PureRAW. It’s not actually a RAW converter in the traditional sense but a pre-processer. You use it to pre-process RAW files where you wanted to achieve the best image quality. PureRAW processes the image file to Demosaic the RAW data and applies the DxO Optical corrections and DeepPRIME noise reduction. The processed image is then saved as a DNG file which you can work on further in your RAW converter of choice.
DxO is well known for its excellent image quality in products like PhotoLab. Pure RAW takes this same processing power and applies it to RAW files so you can use it with any RAW converter. The assumption is that the PureRAW processing is better than your existing RAW converter.
I was quite fortunate in that DxO shared a version of the software with me a week before launch. This allowed me to test it and produce a review to coincide with the launch. If you want to know how PureRAW works and if it makes a difference, watch my video on YouTube. I also share a few limitations I came across whilst putting the software through its paces.
I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.