This week, I didn’t just want to share an image. Instead, I wanted to talk briefly about one of my favourite photography principles; less is more.
You can apply this principle in all sorts of ways. For example, you can apply it to composition by deciding what to leave out of the frame. In this image, I could have included the entire mountain rather than the very tip. That would have given the image a different feel. I could even have included the entire range of mountains but that was incredibly boring.
No, it was the very tip of this mountain that caught my attention. It was the sun breaking through the cloud that I liked so that’s what I’ve focussed on. Less is more.
But another way you can use the less is more principle is with colour. An example from this image is the very limited colour palette. Other than the blue/cyan of the clouds there are very few colours in the colour palette. This tends to create a different feel to an image where there’s a wide range of colours from the entire colour palette. I personally find images with a limited colour palette more soothing than one with colours from across the palette. So, when I came to edit the image, I deliberately limited the palette.
A final application of the less is more principle is the colour saturation. Even where colour does exist in the image the saturation is very low. Strangely though, this makes the colour appear somehow stronger.
So please remember and practice the principle “less is more”.
Fuji X-T2 with Fuji 55-200 at 135mm. ISO200, 1/320” at f/11.0. Handheld, no filters.
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.
Let me start today’s post by wishing you a Happy New Year. Over the holiday period I needed to produce my weekly video but didn’t have a lot of time available. That’s when one of my friends shared the idea of doing a photo retrospective. I used this to pick my favourite 12 photos from 2018 and display them set to music. If you would like to see the video (which includes the above image) you can find it on my Lenscraft website at (https://lenscraft.co.uk/photography-blog/photo-retrospective-2018/).
I’m also aware that many of the people reading my blog like to know more about the equipment I use to capture my settings. This gave me the idea of also producing a free PDF eBook of the images together with basic information about the camera, settings and filters. If you would like a copy, you can download it (free) from my Lenscraft shop (https://lenscraft.co.uk/lenscraft-store-2/books-courses-guides/).
I produced the image you see here using multiple shots that I stitched together before processing. It’s of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in New Zealand (North Island) and is about half way across the crossing. I hope you like it together with the other images in the retrospective.
Today I was going to share an image of the Franz Joseph Glacier. But having published two mountain images in the past two weeks I decided I wanted a change. Looking through my recent collection of images from New Zealand I picked this image from Punakaiki with its famous pancake rocks.
I just finished reprocessing it and I’m very happy with the results. When I say reprocessing, it’s because this is my second attempt at the image. The reason I decided to do this is that I just finished watching a video on YouTube from Glyn Dewis in which he discusses Frequency Separation. Glyn’s a brilliant portrait photographer and if you want to view the video, you’ll find it on his channel here.
My version of frequency separation is a little more complex and uses a Photoshop Extension Panel called “Wow! Frequency Equalizer Pro”.Interestingly I just reviewed their Masking Panel on my YouTube Channel the other day. If you want to simplify Luminosity Masking, you should watch my video.
I captured the image using a Fuji X-T2 and Fuji 10-24mm at16mm. The camera was tripod mounted and I used a 3 stop Kase Soft ND Grad filter angled over the sky and sea.
I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.
Last week I shared the first image from my New Zealand trip.It was a mountain scene from a trek I did along the Hooker Valley. For today’s Fridayimage I want to share another scene from the same trail. In all honesty, Icould probably share 100 images from that trail. Now that I’m semi recoveredfrom the journey, I’m seeing lots of shots I took that I really like.
This one in particular took me by surprise as I don’t recall
taking it. I don’t know about you, but I tend to have a very good memory for
each of the shot I take, even over a couple of years. I can’t usually recall
them with crystal clarity or recognise them when I see them. That’s not the
case with this one so I suspect it was a grab shot.
It’s taken using the Fuji X-T2 and a 55-200mm lens. The lens is set to 55mm and the camera was handheld. With the aperture at f/11.0 and using ISO200, I achieved a shutter speed of 1/680” which is more than fast enough to handhold. I didn’t use any filters either and this isn’t a multiple exposure, just a single RAW file.
In terms of post-capture processing, I did most of the work in Photoshop using curves and luminosity masks. I did take the image into On1Photo RAW 2019 (if you haven’t seen my review, here’s a link) but then applied the adjustments through a luminosity mask to target the mid tones. To finish I applied dodging and burning to lighten the cloud and darken the rocks in the bottom third of the frame.
I hope you like the photo and have a great weekend.
My last post was back at the end of September. At the time I said I was taking a few weeks out but didn’t explain why. Now that I’m back I can share that I have been down in New Zealand which is where I captured the above image. I’m not going to say too much as I’m suffering from jet lag and finding it hard to be coherent.
For those of you who don’t like black and white, here is the colour version prior to conversion.
Personally, I like the colour version best. I would be interested to hear what others think.
I hope you like both images and have a great weekend.