Tag Archives: forest

Instagram and Friday Image No.231

Redwood trees in Whakarewarewa Forest near to Rotorua, New Zealand. Fuji X-T2, 18-135 lens, ISO1600, 1/8″ @ f/7.1.

I’ve had an Instagram account since early 2012 but never really bothered with it. In fact, the only reason I signed up was that I liked some of the filter effects. Recently though I’ve started sharing some of my photos on Instagram and I’m enjoying it more than I thought; you’ll find me on there as lenscraftphotos.

I’ve started to post something most weekdays (unless I’m snowed under with work), which is a lot better than I ever managed on Flickr. But what I really like is that it’s prompting me to look through my older photos to find and reprocess shots I like. This image of sun peeping through the trunks of redwood trees in Whakarewarewa Forest is a good example.

I shot this handheld with a Fuji X-T2 and Fuji 18-135 lens, which you can read about in my Lenscraft review. It was quite dark in the forest which forced me to shoot at ISO1600 to achieve a 1/8” shutter speed. That’s about the limit of what I could handhold. I also needed the aperture set to f/7.1 and underexposed by 1/3 stop. These settings allowed me to achieve a steady shot with the necessary depth of field.

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

Friday Image No.153

Woodland scene. Fuji X-T2 with 18-135 lens.

Last week I published a tree image that I had shot in the woods near to Harrogate. I also said I had another image that I would publish this week and I have failed miserably. I even forgot to post anything mid-week for which I apologise.

This Friday post is therefore the missing tree image. The image was shot with the Fuji X-T2 together with the 18-135 lens. This lens has become my go to lens for the Fuji when out walking and I’m very impressed by it.

Post processing was done in Lightroom and Nik Viveza.Happily the image quality coming out the latest CC version of Lightroom is a big improvement over what was possible only 12 months back.

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

Infrared Processing

Olympus EM5 converted to shoot Infrared. Post processing with Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex Pro.
Olympus EM5 converted to shoot Infrared. Post processing with Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex Pro.

A few people have written me recently asking about how to process Infrared images and how I go about processing mine. If you’re interested, I created a short tutorial and accompanying video which are posted on Lenscraft. These explain how the image above was processed.

Enjoy

Friday Image No.96

Forest Leaves. Olympus EM5, f/3.5, 1/50" at ISO400.
Forest Leaves. Olympus EM5, f/3.5, 1/50″ at ISO400.

Whilst on my recent road trip I captured this image. What I like is that it could have been anywhere and that I didn’t need to travel to the US to shoot it. My wife thinks I’m mad travelling all that way to take pictures of leaves. I suspect some of the people passing by me would have agreed with her.

What I also want to share is the colour version of the image which is below.

Forest Leaves prior to conversion.
Forest Leaves prior to conversion.

As soon as I saw this I knew how the finished image would look. The greens were so different that I could see them separating out naturally in the conversion. After a while you sort of get an instinct for these things.

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

Save

Don’t Forget Camera Calibration

Woodland at Mount Rainier, Washington, USA. Olympus EM5, ISO400, f/4.5. Handheld.
Woodland at Mount Rainier, Washington, USA. Olympus EM5, ISO400, f/4.5. Handheld.

There is an often forgotten panel at the bottom of the development controls in Lightroom’s Develop module and that’s Camera Calibration. Here you can select the profile that’s used to convert the RAW file into an image. It sorts out how image data in the RAW maps to colours and tones in the finished image.

In the past I have written about how the profiles provided often aren’t that great and that you can achieve better by making your own. But now I have a new favourite profile for my Olympus EM5 camera and that is “Camera Natural”.

Camera Calibration tab in Lightroom with the Adobe Standard profile selected.
Camera Calibration tab in Lightroom with the Adobe Standard profile selected.

I can’t say for sure when this was introduced or when it was changed. I certainly can’t recall it giving good results in the past or perhaps I have just overlooked it. The changes it introduces are quite subtle but I think it creates a more natural (I suppose that’s where it gets its name) and appealing. The image at the top of the blog was created using the Camera Natural profile and below is a comparison. Looking at the images side by side it’s difficult to tell the difference but when your switching between profiles in Lightroom it’s like night and day.

Comparison of Profiles on the image
Comparison of Profiles on the image

As I say, subtle differences but well worth experimenting with if you shoot RAW and use Lightroom.