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.
I have a new favourite lens for my Fuji X series cameras, but I can’t explain why. It’s the Samyang 12mm. That’s right, a Samyang lens.
It’s sharp, I mean really sharp and it feels very well made.
It’s manual focus only but at 12mm, there is so much depth of field you stop it
down to f/8.0, focus on infinity and click away. When you shoot into the sun,
as in the image above, the Samyang creates a wonderful 6-point starburst effect.
Best of all, I couldn’t see any flare.
This lens has made me want to buy more wide-angle primes. I
know it’s silly because I already have the excellent Fuji 10-24, but the prime
is a joy to use in the landscape.
The Friday Image
In all honesty, I’ve lost count of the number for the Friday
Images so I’m just going to keep publishing an image along with updates. It’s
yet another from my Scotland Trip. I couldn’t tell you the name of this bay,
but I could take you there. It was a rather opportunistic shot; we were just
driving past, and I asked to stop whilst I shot this. With the Samyang 12mm of
If you want to see other shots from the trips with a few location details, I published this video to You Tube recently. You may recognise some of the shots but there are a few new ones that I haven’t shared.
If you were expecting a Friday image last week I apologise.
I was in the highlands of Scotland for a week, trying to cram in as much landscape
photography as possible. I had intended to make a post from there, but it
turned out the broadband wasn’t working in the accommodation we rented. There
also wasn’t any phone signal to speak of, although we found one location that
had a full 4G signal. Unfortunately, that was on a hill in the middle of
nowhere about an hour’s drive from the accommodation. It’s also where I shot the photo above.
That’s right, the only time I had a phone signal that
supported internet browsing was whilst taking this shot.
The location is not far from the town of Lochinver and is three frames from a Fuji X-T3 stitched in Lightroom. The lens was a Samyang 12mm and I used a 0.9 Kase Soft ND Graduated filter. The important part that’s often overlooked is that we had to get up at 4am in the morning to drive and walk to this location in time for sunrise.
Photoshop Content Aware Scale
If you would like to see another of my landscape photos from the trip, watch at my latest Youtube video.
The image I show is again a three-frame stitch from a Fuji X-T3 using the excellent Samyang 12mm lens (I love this lens). In the image the sun isn’t in the centre of the frame and the needs the left side extending to give it balance. The video shows how to do this firstly using the Photoshop Content Aware Scale command. It then compares the result with the regular Transform tool. I won’t say which was best here, but it was a surprise.
Know-How Transfer Easter Sale
I usually don’t mention software sales in the blog but I’m making an exception with Know-How Transfer. I have most of their products and find they save me time and are very good. They have a 20% sale on until midnight on the 25th April, just enter the code easter19 at the checkout.
And to be clear, I don’t have any connection with the company. I just like what they do.