It’s Friday again and I’ve spent the entire week trying to layout
the print version of my latest book. The desktop publishing software I’m using launched
only recently and I’m hitting quite a few bugs. Given how frustrating this is I
decided to stop to share an image instead.
I shot this last weekend at Curbar Edge in the Peak District
and there are a few points I want to highlight:
This is around 15 minutes after sunset, which is fast becoming my favourite time. The bright white dot in the sky is the moon. There’s something very nice about the light after sunset.
The sun set immediately behind me which dramatically reduced the dynamic range of the scene. Even then I used a 0.9 (3 stop) Soft ND Grad filter on the sky.
The heather in the scene looks great but it’s dead. The reason it appears pink is because of the magenta colour of the light. That’s what happens shortly after sunset when you place the sun behind you.
The key takeaway for me from this image is that it pays to
understand how light changes depending on the time of day and angle. It would
have been all too easy to have stopped shooting after sunset, or even have
faced the wrong direction.
I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.
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.
After a short break last week I wanted to share a new Friday Image. This was taken just over a week ago in Cornwall. We went down to St Ives which is a lovely Cornish village if you have never had the opportunity to visit. The light there is amazing and some of the atmospheric effects at sunset can be spectacular.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Someone recently sent me a link to a competition. I don’t normally enter these but thought I would give it a shot seeing as how one of my favourite subjects is the sea. Here is the link for anyone out there who is interested in trying their hand also. The compertition is being run by Cruise.co.uk