On Wednesday, I arrived home from a trip to the Lake District where the colours were turning autumnal. Feeling motivated to get out for some photography, I checked the weather forecast. I could see that a mist was predicted in some parts of the Peak District the following day. It looked like there would be light rain in the afternoon, but the morning appeared to be perfect for woodland photography.
The next morning, the drive over to Bolehill Quarry had me quite excited, passing through some lovely misty countryside. When I arrived, the conditions seemed perfect, and I thought I was on for an excellent shoot. After reaching the quarry I began to set up. But before I could do very much, there was a huge clap of thunder followed by several others. This was then followed a few minutes later by torrential rain.
After that the rain never gave up, but I did, leaving at 11:00. I did manage a couple of shots that I quite like, including this one of Silver Birch trees in the mist and bracken.
This was captured using my Fuji XT3 with Fuji 16-80 lens at 56mm. I had the camera mounted on a tripod as the exposure was a slow 2 seconds at f/11 and ISO160.
In terms of processing, I converted the RAW file using DxO PhotoLab 6. I then applied a small amount of colour correction in Nik Color Efex Pro with the Pro Contrast filter. I also used this to apply a touch of dynamic contrast to the trees to make them stand out against the mist.
This Week’s Video
In this week’s video, I’m sharing something important for editing black and white photos with Nik Silver Efex Pro 3 (https://youtu.be/JoLqyX1nCFw). It’s a first step that a lot of people miss and it’s worth watching if you use Nik.
I hope you like the photo and have a great weekend.