Having a Second Stab at the Heather

Last week I shared one of my images from an outing to Surprise View in the Peak District. That image was captured with the Excellent Fuji XT3 and Fuji 10-24mm lens. This week I managed a return visit to the same area but decided to take the Panasonic G9. Although I didn’t intend to shoot Surprise View again (but I did), I wanted to see how the Panasonic handled the colours of the heather and bracken.

In the past I criticised my efforts with the Panasonic G9 for not producing accurate colour. Or at least colour that I felt happy with. I thought that having shot the area with the Fuji so recently and the conditions looking similar, this might make a good comparison.

Surprise View in the Peak District. Panasonic G9 with 8-18 lens.

For this shot, I used the Panasonic G9 paired with the Panasonic Leica 8-18 lens (which I really like) set to 9mm. I had the camera mounted on a tripod although I could have managed to handhold the shot with a shutter speed was 1/50 at f/8.0 and ISO200. I also had a 0.9 Reverse ND Grad filter on the sky.

In terms of processing this time, I initially ran the RAW file through DxO PhotoLab to apply lens corrections before exporting it as a DNG. I then loaded the DNG file in Lightroom where I set the Camera Color Profile to the Panasonic “Scenic” setting.

Whilst the colours aren’t bad, I still find that most profiles in Lightroom make grass and foliage appear too yellow. I have a similar issue with Fuji Profiles, except for perhaps the two “Pro Neg” profiles but even these aren’t without issue. This is unfortunate because I now find myself missing my old Sony camera because it produced wonderful Greens and Blues in landscape shots.

Despite my profile misgivings, I do rather like this G9 image, and the quality is excellent. Although it’s only a 20Mpixel micro 43 crop sensor, it performs very well. I would have no issues doubling the image dimensions to produce a larger print size.

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

2 thoughts on “Having a Second Stab at the Heather

  1. Great image, Robin! I love it (and loved last week’s Fuji also). I h)ave two Olympus (Pen mini and OMD em10ii and a Fuji (XE3) and my impression is that the colours are quite different. In particular the Fuji if you shot jpeg on auto white balance may often yield very cold tones, whereas the Olys are warmer. One can tweak them in post, but it is quite difficult to have them matched if you go out with both. In the end I avoid having in the same series images from Oly and Fuji together.

    1. Thank you. It’s interesting that you have also found a difference between the camera colours. I’ve found the Fuji JPEGs are not just cool but also a little pink. This is particularly true with the XT3 v’s the XT2. Strangely the most natural colours seem to be with the little XE3 (which I love).

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