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Future Blog Posts and Sharpening Tutorial

Wasterwater, The Lake District (2012)
Wastwater, The Lake District (2012). Canon 5D MKII, 24-105 lens, ISO100, 1/15″ at f/14.0. Handheld.

I haven’t posted much on the blog in the past couple of weeks. I’m quite short of time at present and the blog’s unfortunately taken second place to other important activities. I’m therefore going to change the direction of the blog a little. I suppose this goes back to my post at the end of last year when I was pondering its future.

Rather than trying to write educational articles, those will just appear on my Lenscraft website. The blogs going to be about sharing news and other articles, as well of course my photographs. You can think of it as a type of hub for my other work and news, which is more in line with what people might expect of a blog. I hope you still enjoy and find this helpful.

Now that I’ve sorted that, have you seen my latest Nik Sharpening videos?

I’ve posted two of these to YouTube recently and they appear to be going down very well with people. The first video covers Capture sharpening using Nik Sharpener Pro (RAW Presharpener). The other covers Creative and Output sharpening, this time with Nik Sharpener Pro (Output Sharpener).

In the videos I demonstrate sharpening the image on this page. I’ve since produced a large print of this and I’m very impressed with the results. The sky and water are perfectly clear and free from any visible noise or artefacts. At the same time, so much detail has become evident in the branches of the trees and the look like they are jumping out of the surface of the print.

My next video’s scheduled for Thursday 13th September at 15:30 (UK time). This one is discussing installing Lightroom Presets as there’s big problem. A lot of people are having difficulty installing these since Adobe changed the format and location of the presets. The old “recommended” method of installing presets doesn’t work with Lightroom version 7.3 or later. In the video I explain why and what to do instead.

I hope you enjoy these.

Friday Image No.170

Oxford river reflection. Fuji X-T2, 16-55 lens, ISO200, f/8.0, 1/15″ handheld (resting on a bridge).

Last week was all go. I spent a few days in Oxford visiting friends and shooting some architecture. Then my Mac gave up on me and I needed to take it to a repair centre. Now that it’s fixed, I’m busy rebuilding it with all my applications.

Fortunately, I have been able to recover my Lightroom Catalogue, or I would be crying. The event has though prompted me to come up with a better backup plan for my image library. I’m going to write about that in my next newsletter as it’s a common problem amongst photographers.

To help calm my nerves I thought I would share this image. It’s taken in Oxford on the way back from the town centre. As is always the case, the best sunsets happen when you’re not in a picturesque setting. Fortunately, I was able to find a vantage point over the river for a great reflection, framing it with the winter trees. I really rather like the shot, especially as it’s handheld with no filters.

Friday image No.011

Reflections on my walk - Sony RX10
Reflections on my walk – Sony RX10

I love reflections., I find them fascinating and beautiful whether created on manmade surfaces or in nature. I suppose the ones we find in nature are the ones that really enthral me and I can’t help reaching for my camera.

Here is one from my walk last weekend in Jumbles Country park near to Bolton. I just printed this and my immediate thought was that it has a lovely soft quality to it. It was shot on an RX10 which is an easy take anywhere camera. Such a shame it’s so expensive and twice the size of the Olympus EM5.

Have a great weekend.