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I Almost Didn’t Shoot This

Derwentwater near to sunset. Keswick, the Lake District. Fuji X-T3 and Fuji 16-80 lens.

At the time I didn’t think this image would work. I was certain the conditions were too bright, and the dynamic range of the scene was too high. These were just a couple of the challenges that almost made me not bother taking the image. In the end, I decided to just take the shot and see what I could make of it in post-processing. Boy am I pleased that I did.

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The image is of Derwentwater in the Lake District, taken near to the landing stage for the boats at Keswick. I used my Fuji X-T3 with the new Fuji 16-60 lens. I shot this handheld and without filters at ISO160 (the base ISO for the Fuji X-T3). This gave a shutter speed of 1/280” at f/11.0.

Post capture processing was in Capture One for the RAW conversion which allowed me to do a lot of the shadow and highlight recovery. I then used Nik Viveza to improve the light after which I softened the image with a faint blur to the highlights.

Have a great weekend.

Friday Image No. 176

Derwentwater, The Lake District
Derwentwater, The Lake District, UK. Fuji X-T2, 16-55 lens, ISO200, 1/60″ at f/11.0.

Some of the best light you can find as a photographer is in a storm. But you don’t want to be in the storm, you want to be on the edge looking in. That’s something you can’t plan for; you need to get lucky.

And so it was with this shot looking across Derwentwater.

Here the snow storm is passing across the other side of the lake. It also helps that the sun was setting at the same time. Talk about being lucky. When you spot moments like this you need to be ready. Fortunately, I was ready with the Fuji X-T2.

The image was captured from a tripod using the 16-55 Fuji lens. The RAW file was then converted in Lightroom using the Fuji Provia profile. Enhancement of the warm area on the horizon was applied using Nik Viveza. Processing was then completed using On1 Photo RAW 2018 by adding Dynamic Contrast to the dark areas of land, followed by the Glow and Vignette filters.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Friday Image No.175

Derwentwater, Keswick, The lake District.
Derwentwater, Keswick, The lake District. Fuji X-T2, 10-24mm lens, ISO200, f/9.0, 2.1 seconds.

Let’s start with a big apology; the Friday image this week is late and I’m sorry.

I know, it’s Saturday but it’s been a very, very busy week. Despite this, I still wanted to share the image I had earmarked.

I shot this a couple of weeks back on an icy trip to the Lake District with my friend Steve. It was one of the last images of the day. The sun had set but the afterglow it created was amazing and the colours were intense but soft.

The post-processing was using On1 Photo RAW 2018. I will try to find time to work up a video about this as there are a few neat tricks users might be interested in.

I hope you’re having a great weekend.

Friday Image No.173

Derwentwater, Keswick, Lake District.
Derwentwater, Keswick, Lake District. Fuji X-T2, 10-24 lens at 10mm. ISO200, 2.1 seconds at f/14.0. Tripod mounted, Kase 0.6 ND Grad filter and Kase 3 stop ND filter.

How the weather has changed this week.

Thursday, just over a week ago, we were snowed in. Friday saw most of the country grind to a halt with snow, and Saturday, only mad people ventured out. That’s when I seized my opportunity and headed up the Lake District to meet my friend Steve. It was freezing cold but a great day’s photography and is where I took the image for this post.

Today, the temperatures are threatening to head into double figures. I went outside, and it felt that Spring was in the air. I do hope so as some warm weather would make photography much more enjoyable.

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