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.
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.