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Friday Image No.116

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Olympus EM5, ISO200, 12-40mm lens, 1/250" at f/8.0
Olympus EM5, ISO200, 12-40mm lens, 1/250″ at f/8.0

I can hardly believe it. This time last week I was in the Lake District, sat in a pub enjoying a nice meal. The weather was turning very cold and the next day I was greeted by a very thick frost. I was staying near to the iconic hill known as Catbells with the intention of walking the Newlands Horseshoe. This image was shot near to the summit of Catbells and is a three-image stich using the Olympus EM5.

In the end, we didn’t make it around the horseshoe. We reached High Spy which is a little short of half way when we turned back. It looked like we would run short of daylight and the conditions underfoot were poor. The big mistake was forgetting my crampons. There was a lot of ice and snow about so walking in just boots was slow going and a little tricky at times. I didn’t mind turning back though as the walk (which I have done several times) gave great views in the first half.

Have a great weekend.

Friday Image No.115

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Silver Birch on Place Fell, The Lake District. Olympus EM5 converted to shoot Infrared. Olympus 12-40mm lens, ISO 200, 1/320" at f/7.1.
Silver Birch on Place Fell, The Lake District. Olympus EM5 converted to shoot Infrared. Olympus 12-40mm lens, ISO 200, 1/320″ at f/7.1.

It’s another tree in Infrared. Sometimes, when the light is right, shooting infrared becomes addictive. It’s hard, actually very hard to put the camera down. And so, it was when I visited the Lake District at the start of November. As a result, you will need to suffer more infrared images.

I do hope you like this one and have a great weekend.

Friday Image No.114

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Place Fell, The Lake District. Olympus EM5 Infrared + Olympus 12-40 lens. ISO100, 1/80" at f/7.1
Place Fell, The Lake District. Olympus EM5 Infrared + Olympus 12-40 lens. ISO100, 1/80″ at f/7.1

This week I would like to share another infrared image. This was captured using an Olympus EM5 which I had converted to shoot Infrared. It was shot in the Lake District at a location called Place Fell and it’s the first time I have been thee. I intend to return in the future as I think there is a lot of material in the right conditions.

I’m not sure why but the day was far better than expected for Infrared. Everything just seemed to be glowing. The EM5 also makes a superb Infrared conversion. The image was then converted to black and white using Nik Silver Efex Pro.

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

Friday Image No. 113

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Clappersgate Bridge, The Lake District, UK. Fuji XT2, 10-24 lens. ISO100, 0.6" at f/9.0. Polarizing filter.
Clappersgate Bridge, The Lake District, UK. Fuji XT2, 10-24 lens. ISO100, 0.6″ at f/9.0. Polarizing filter.

This week I want to share a simple image. There is nothing fancy here in terms of post processing. There’s no trying to be clever. It’s just a nice Autumnal shot that I made last weekend in the Lake District.

It was shot using the Fuji XT2 at a place called Clappersgate Bridge, just outside Ambleside. The lens was the Fuji 10-24 which has really impressed me with its quality. I processed the image using Lightroom and I think it looks great at full resolution.

There are though a few points I would like to highlight about the image:

  1. The colours look superb. The conversion was done using the Velvia film simulation in Lightroom. I did need to tone the saturation down a little as well as open the shadows, but overall this is exactly the colour rendition I wanted to achieve. Deep, rich, vibrant colours without needing to pump up the saturation. In short, it looks natural which is exactly what you want to achieve as a landscape photographer.
  2. The depth of field was front to back despite my low position. The image was only shot at f/9 and I focussed on the grassy bank just to the right of the bridge. When you zoom in you can see the leaves in the foreground are pin sharp as are the distant trees which can be seen under the bridge.
  3. I didn’t use a filter on the sky. It would have been pointless because there wasn’t any definition in the sky. Despite this I could recover all the blown highlights as well as open the shadows to achieve a full tonal range. All this was from just a single RAW file shot with the XT2 and the resulting image is very clean.

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

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Friday Image No. 112

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Rock and heather in the Peak District. Fuji XT1. Conversion in Lightroom.
Rock and heather in the Peak District. Fuji XT1. Conversion in Lightroom.

For this week’s Friday image, I thought I would show another shot that’s more heavily processed than my usual style. I shot this a couple of months back when the heather was in flower. The light was quite poor being high in the sky and blue from the presence of all the cloud. Here is the before and after comparison in case you’re wondering what it looked like.

Before and after comparison
Before and after comparison

The conversion was performed totally in Lightroom. I’m sure this image won’t appeal to a large audience but if anyone would like to know more about the conversion, let me know and I will record and share a video.

Have a great weekend.

Friday Image No. 111

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Cannon Beach, USA. Olympus EM5
Cannon Beach, USA. Olympus EM5

This isn’t my usual style of image but I thought I would share it. The shot was taken on my trip to America earlier in the year. The location is a Cannon Beach which I absolutely loved. It reminds me a lot of St Ives in Cornwall but with an American slant. It seems somehow almost too perfect.

Anyway, I was out for a stroll along the beach and deep storm clouds started to roll in. But rather than raining, they created a superb light show. Despite this being superbly beautiful, it was quite dark and difficult to capture. Trying to process this in my usual style resulted in failure so I thought I would become a little more artistic, emphasising the elements of the scene.

I hope you like it and have a great weekend.

Friday Image No. 110

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Cornish sunset. Olympus EM5 processed using Nik Viveza.
Cornish sunset. Olympus EM5 processed using Nik Viveza.

This isn’t a deliberate ploy to post the same image as last week. This image was taken at the same time as last week’s Friday image but the lighting is stronger. The reason it looks stronger is that the image is processed using Nik Viveza. When I did this, I employed a few adjustment tricks that people might not realise to try. I decided to share these “Secrets of Viveza” using a video which is posted on my you tube channel. I also embedded the clip below.

I hope you find it useful and have a great weekend.

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