I headed out last night to meet up in the Peak District a
good friend. The intention was to visit one of the dramatic stone formations on
Derwent Edge and shoot this for tonight post. Unfortunately, things didn’t turn
out quite as planned.
The first problem I found was the weather. It was a clear
blue sky with not a cloud in sight. This doesn’t make for good images
especially when you’re facing the sun.
But my bigger problem by far was that I hadn’t shot any
landscapes since my trip to Scotland at the start of April. I found myself
struggling to see compositions and then when I found one, I just couldn’t capture
it. Looking at my images this morning, most if not all are dreadful. That’s why
I’ve fallen back on yet another of my shots from Scotland, but I love this one.
Unusually I needed to prepare next week’s YouTube video a week in advance. This is a big review, but I can’t reveal any more at this time. The video goes out on Wednesday at 14:15 UK time so if you don’t already subscribe to my YouTube channel you may want to consider it.
But let’s get back to the image.
This is yet another image from my Scotland trip. I shot it
just after dawn and as you can see the sun is just creeping up over the
horizon. It’s a stitch panoramic created from 4 shots with the X-T3 in a
I had the camera mounted on a tripod that I had spent quite
a bit of time getting level. This allowed me to pan the camera across the range
without it dipping to one side. This was important because the lens, a Fuji
55-200 was at the 200mm end because I was so far from the mountain range. I had
my doubts that this would create a usable image, but I’m really pleased with
the finished result.
In terms of filters, I was using a Kase 0.9 (3 stop) soft graduate over the sky. Ordinarily, I don’t like to use a filter when there is a lot of clear sky in the frame as it can make it appear unnatural. But in this shot, I needed anything to help me prevent the image from having too much contrast. I also had to tackle the problem of potential underexposure which I did by having the camera in manual mode.
The finished image is sizable. If I printed it at 240dpi it
would be 47” x 17” without any resizing.
I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.