Peak District Winter Landscape

I’ll start by apologising that I wasn’t able to post last week. I simply had too much work to find the time.

This week, after a week of rain here, I thought that I would share a winter image from the Peak District that I’ve just processed. Well, two images to be accurate, because I noticed something interesting.

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In this first image, we see the view from Higger Tor. The early morning mist has just begun to clear, and the sun is lighting the clouds. This was shot using a Fuji XT3 and Fuji 10-24 lens at 10mm. It’s a tripod mounted exposure of 1/5 second at f/13.0 and ISO160. I also used a 3-stop reverse ND grad filter on the sky. The RAW processing was done using Capture One followed by the Nik Collection.

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In this second image we again have a view from Higger Tor but a little while after the first. The fog is still there but not quite as thick and the sun has turned the sky a lovely yellow. This was captured using a Fuji XT3 with Fuji 10-24 lens at 15mm. It’s also a tripod mounted exposure of 1/20″ at f/13.0 and ISO160. I again used a 3-stop reverse ND grad filter on the sky. This time the RAW processing was using DXO PhotoLab 6 followed by the Nik Collection.

What I found interesting whilst processing these images is how the two RAW converters create a very different look. Capture One seems almost harsh in comparison to the softer DxO PhotoLab processing. The result was that I hardly touched the Capture One image other than for a little dodging and burning. But with PhotoLab I needed more work and a strong contrast adjustment.

I’m not sure which I prefer but I am leaning quite strongly towards PhotoLab as it seems more natural.

Affinity Photo 2

Have you seen that Affinity Photo 2 has been released? Whilst not all the features are photography related, there are a few that I’m very impressed with. If you haven’t seen my review, here is a link to the YouTube video https://youtu.be/0lZij7fA_2s.

I then followed up this week with a video tutorial demonstrating one way to make better use of the non-destructive RAW editing https://youtu.be/Zc3lbiIhFMo, which I used to produce this image.

This was shot on Formby beach at sunset and processed using a technique called Double RAW Processing. Everything was done in Affinity Photo 2 with no plugins involved.

I hope you like today’s images and enjoy the videos.

4 thoughts on “Peak District Winter Landscape

  1. I like both images, but for me the first captures the harshness of the rocks in this area, which I know well

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