Let me start by saying Happy New Year and welcome back and I hope 2020 proves to be a super successful year for your photography.
I had intended to make this first post of the new year all about photography resolutions, but two things got in the way. First, I’ve been out all day shooting landscapes (which I’ve really enjoyed) and have only just arrived home. Second, I haven’t made any resolutions. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I would much rather just look at my work and try to figure out what I would like to improve and how I can do it.
I think Photography should be a continuous and gradual process of improving. I don’t think you can expect to make large and sudden leaps forward; at least now when you’ve been shooting for a long time. Where I do think you can make large gains is in post-processing. Often, it’s the smallest and most insignificant things that can make a big difference.
For example, I recently watched a video where someone was using a Selective Color adjustment layer in Photoshop to “clean” colours in their image. What they were doing was changing the relationship between the different colours. This works differently to the usual Temp and Tint sliders in the RAW converters and whilst watching this, something just clicked. I thought I never really use that technique, so I tried it out on a few images and loved the results.
Since then I’ve been experimenting with more images using Selective Color and HSL. Today’s image is just one example of where I’ve finally achieved a more natural result that I’m happy with (at least for the time being). Previously the image had too much Cyan, Yellow and Magenta and I couldn’t correct it.
I shot the image back in January 2019 in the Peak District. It’s a couple of hundred meters from the Surprise View Car Park and easy to reach, providing the roads open when it snows. This is a single frame shot on a Fuji X-T2 using a Fuji 16-55 lens. The ISO was 200 (base ISO for the X-T2) giving a shutter speed of ¼” at f/11.0. I had the camera mounted on a tripod and didn’t use any filters. I hope you like the result.
In case you haven’t seen it, last week’s Friday Image wasn’t all it appears. The starting image wasn’t quite as colourful as the image I posted. In fact, it was rather a dull blue colour because of the AWB in the camera. This was a bit of a problem for me as was the dynamic range of the scene. The reason I’m telling you this is that I posted a video on YouTube yesterday where I demonstrate how I created the image. It’s around 30 minutes long, but that’s because I show and explain everything.
This week, I want to share a more traditional image. This one I captured during a recent trip to the Lake District and is from one of the fields above Elterwater. If you know your way onto Loughrigg Terrance from the cycle track between Elterwater and Little Langdale, you know where I shot this.
My original idea was for a three-shot panoramic which I did capture, and which does look good. But then I noticed this cluster of trees and a couple of sheep in the field beyond. The grass on the grass on the right was a lovely red colour and snowy foreground on the left nicely balanced the mountain behind.
The image is a single frame captured using the Fuji X-T2 and Fuji 18-135 lens. This is now my go to lens when I’m out walking as it’s a real all rounder and performs well. I also used a 0.6 (two stop) ND Grad filter to darken the sky and open the shadows more around the trees. With a bit of luck, I’m going to be up in the Lakes again on Saturday.
I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.
The weather forecasters managed to get it right (almost) and it snowed at the weekend. What they didn’t quite get right was the volume of snow. The 10-20cm of predicted was more like 5cm. And if your reading this from Buffalo or NYC, 5cm is sufficient to bring the UK to a halt.
Despite the shallow snowfall, it was enough to transform the landscape. I headed up onto the hills at the top of our village and found this group of sheep sheltering together from the weather.
Yet another snow scene for this Friday’s image I’m afraid. It’s another of the images I shot a few weeks back and I seriously need to get out to shoot some new material. Unfortunately, the weather still isn’t good whenever I have some spare time. Fingers crossed for tomorrow when I will try again.
Anyway, I do like this image and though it would be a nice one to share.
In all my dashing around today I almost forgot to post my Friday image. I quite like the discipline of trying to create and post an image a week. I know others seem to manage one or more a day but I have too much else on to be able to make such a commitment. I think creating 1 image a week that I am happy to share is a good goal.
I shot this one almost 2 years ago on a trip to Norway. This was shot from the Hertigruten boat (I think it was the Troll Fjord). These provide a ferry service around the coast although it’s quite a bit more luxurious that this suggests. I think this was somewhere before we reached the Lofoten Islands. I came across the image whilst starting to clear out some of my many images and took a few minutes (about an hour really) to process it.
It was captured on a Panasonic GF1 with a Panasonic 45-200mm lens.