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.
Let’s start with a big apology; the Friday image this week is late and I’m sorry.
I know, it’s Saturday but it’s been a very, very busy week. Despite this, I still wanted to share the image I had earmarked.
I shot this a couple of weeks back on an icy trip to the Lake District with my friend Steve. It was one of the last images of the day. The sun had set but the afterglow it created was amazing and the colours were intense but soft.
The post-processing was using On1 Photo RAW 2018. I will try to find time to work up a video about this as there are a few neat tricks users might be interested in.
Thursday, just over a week ago, we were snowed in. Friday saw most of the country grind to a halt with snow, and Saturday, only mad people ventured out. That’s when I seized my opportunity and headed up the Lake District to meet my friend Steve. It was freezing cold but a great day’s photography and is where I took the image for this post.
Today, the temperatures are threatening to head into double figures. I went outside, and it felt that Spring was in the air. I do hope so as some warm weather would make photography much more enjoyable.
I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.
It’s felt like an eternity since I witnessed a good sunset or sunrise. But last weekend, I made a trip over to Formby with a friend and it was as if everything just fell into place.
The day had been a little frustrating, alternating between too much cloud and not enough. As we sat on a rock, about an hour from sunset the sky was crystal clear. I didn’t hold out much hope of a sunset. Then, the clouds seemed to change direction and a large formation drifted slowly across the sky. It didn’t seem to be moving fast enough to reach the sun in time. But it did, and the scene was glorious.
I captured this frame on the Fuji X-T2 with a 10-24 lens. I had the camera mounted on a tripod which was set quite low, probably about two feet from the ground. I also got to use my new Kase Wolverine Reverse Grad filter which made an amazing difference to the scene. I’m a complete convert after one outing – using this filter on sunsets is amazing. The camera was set to ISO200 and the aperture stopped down to f/13.0. I did this primarily to create a star effect around the sun. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for this frame as the sun had dipped just that little too low.
I should also say that I didn’t process this RAW file in Lightroom either. I opted instead for Capture One Pro 11, which seems to have added a remarkable amount of subtle colour detail into the clouds. Lightroom in comparison rendered most of the cloud above the sun as a monotone mass of colour. In Capture One the cloud looks like more like flames. I’m going to run a few more trials on Capture One as the image quality appears much better than a couple of versions back, especially with the Fuji RAW files.
I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.
It’s been an eventful couple of weeks in our house with my daughter getting married. There were guests from around the world and a quite a few people staying with us. It’s not quite over with yet but hopefully by the end of next week things will be back to normal.
In the interim, I thought I would share this shot of Ramshaw Rocks from a few weeks back. I had to do a lot of work to enhance the image because the light in the original scene was flat and the sky over exposed. In fact, looking back at the original I’m starting to think I have overdone the adjustments slightly.
I’m sat here this evening searching my images to find a Friday image to share. As I do so, the overwhelming feeling I have is that all the images are too “in your face”. They are all competing too hard for my attention and as a result none of them hold it.
But with Yin there must be Yang (my Tai Chi teacher would be impressed) and this image has subtly held my attention. I remember at the time the vivid, sunset light falling onto this grass as I walked through the dunes. I decided to make the grass and consequently light the centre of attention. To retain a sense of place I included the sea in the background but deliberately threw it out of focus. You know it’s a beach at sunset but if I didn’t tell you it was Bamburgh, you wouldn’t known.
Ultimately, the more I look at this image, the greater the feeling and sense of place it evokes. That’s very odd for a generic beach scene at sunset. Then again, perhaps it’s because I was there and it doesn’t do anything for you.
Apologies for my ramblings. I hope you have a great weekend.