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Friday Image No.165

The Canal, Uppermill, Saddleworth. Fuji X-T2, 18-135 lens. ISO200, f/11.0, 1/50″ handheld.

Over the Christmas break I headed out for a walk a number of times. Quite often I found myself taking the Fuji X-T2. Now that I have the 18-135mm lens, I find I’m using it more frequently as a “grab and go” camera. I’m also very pleased with the results.

On this particular morning, it was quite dull and grey. A heavy fog had descended and I didn’t hold out much hope of capturing anything useful. We decided to walk over to Doverstones reservoir as this can be quite atmospheric in the fog.

Our route took us along the canal which is when it happened. The sun started to break through the mist and the gave a lovely warm glow to the morning. It lasted around 20 minutes, during which time I managed a few different compositions. This one I seem to like in particular although it was quite tricky to process.

In the end I have did most of the processing in Lightroom. I started by applying the Fuji “Camera Pro Neg Std.” colour profile. I did try other profiles such as Astia and Provia, but all seemed to create a very false look to the colour. I find it’s always worth experimenting with the colour profiles as many seem to improve the Adobe Standard default profile.

I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.

Friday Image No. 164

Wet conditions in Padley Gorge, The Peak District. Fuji X-T2, 16-50 lens, ISO200, 0.9″ at f/13.0. Tripod mounted.

Yesterday I was out with a friend in the Peak District shooting. The weather had been forecast as dry but misty/foggy. Then at the last minute the forecast changed to rain all day. Despite this we decided to wait it out in Padley Gorge and eventually we had a dry spell, or at least dry enough to shoot.

Despite the poor conditions, one benefit of the wet is that the foliage responds really well. The only thing I regret about this image is that I didn’t use my polarising filter to reduce the glare on grass in the middle of the frame. Having said that, had I used the polarising filter, the saturation effect may have been too strong.

I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.

Friday Image No.161

View from Blea Tarn, The Lake District. Fuji X-T2 with 55-200 at 110mm. ISO200, f/8.0, 1/100″

I was torn today between the shots I could share for the weekly Friday image. I seem to have some great alternatives I could show. I don’t know if its because I have been trying to get out more with my Fuji X-T2 or if it’s just the weather has been kind. Whatever the reason, I don’t care as I’m happy I have so shots I actually like.

In the end I chose one from last weekend, which I captured with my new Fuji 55-200. The image is lovely and sharp and the long lens has helped me compress the frame nicely. The mountain peak on the far left is called Pike O’Stickle which I have climbed several times. With the 55-200 lens fitted I am able to see small figures stood on top in some shots. Impressive.

But its not this sharp detail that made me want to share the image. It’s actually the lovely light that’s falling on the scene. The more I shoot landscapes, the more I seem to love areas of dark shadows where some details are picked out by warm light. Winter seems the perfect time of year for this.

I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.

Friday Image No.152

Fuji X-T2, 18-135mm lens, ISO400, f/7.1, 1/20″

I can’t believe it’s Friday already; the week has absolutely flown by. Monday, I launched my latest book and gave a presentation at Macclesfield Camera Club. It only seems like yesterday.

This time last week I had just given a presentation at York Photographic Society and decided to take a trip to Harrogate. I actually parked out at Harlow Carr (the RHS gardens) and decided to walk into town. On the return journey, I was walking through the woods and noticed a few really nice tree scenes.

This one in particular caught my eye due to the colour of the pines. I had the Fuji X-T2 and 18-135 lens with me and so took a couple of frames, focussing on the central pine and using a relatively wide aperture.

I hope you have a great weekend. I’m off for a walk in the ground of Chatsworth House tomorrow for a little R&R.

Heading Out With A Purpose

View across Dovestones, Saddleworth. Fuji X-T2 10-24mm lens, ISO200, f/10.0, 1/55″, 0.9 ND Grad filter

At the weekend, I did something I haven’t done before. I headed up into the hills behind Dovestones reservoir for photography. Now I need to qualify that statement as I have taken plenty of photographs in the area. The difference this time is that I was heading out for the purpose of photography and nothing else. Usually when I take photos here, I’m out walking and happen to have a camera with me.

The problem when you’re out walking is that you have a different primary purpose. You may pause for a few seconds or even minutes to grab a shot, but it can’t compare to dedicated photography. The most noticeable difference for me this weekend was that I would leave the path regularly to find the right viewpoint as well as the best angles and composition. This probably seems obvious but I hadn’t previously realised how wedded to the path I was when walking.

The image above, which is one from the weekend is a good example. To reach this you need to leave the path and scramble over some rocks. You would never achieve this view or vantage point by keeping to the path, even though it’s only around 100m from the path. What it’s made me realise is that whilst I have always maintained that this is a difficult area to photograph, the problem was my approach. I’m now wondering how many other good locations I have missed because I had the wrong primary purpose.

I should also say a big thanks to Dave who was the reason I ventured up to this location in the first place. He had wanted to photograph the Trinnacle rock for a long time (that image is still to come). Although I was never keen to photograph in the area (because I thought it was difficult and I live here) I said I would take him as it can be tricky to find. If it hadn’t been for this I would possibly never have opened my mind to the possibility.

I now can’t wait to get back up there.

I Just Realised it’s Thursday

View from Higger Tor in the Peak District. Fuji X-T2 with 18-135 lens. ISO200, f/14.0, 1/45″.

I just realised it’s Thursday and I haven’t posted anything all week. Where has the week gone. I have been so busy trying to finish writing my Photoshop Masking book that I have overlooked everything else I need to do. I even have a couple of photography presentations at clubs next week and I’m not prepared.

Here then is a quick image that I shot a couple of weeks back in the Peak District. This is the view from Higger Tor (thanks for introducing me to the location Dave) down the Hope Valley. You can just make out the cement works I the distance on the large image.

I didn’t really get much as the storms kept rolling in but the Fuji X-T2 with 18-135 lens was perfect for quick shots between the showers.

Friday Image No. 149

View from Alderman’s Hill, Saddleworth. Fuji X-T2, 18-55 Fuji lens. ISO200, 1/220″ at f/9.0.

I suspect many of you, like me are guilty of ignoring the landscape on our doorstep.

Very recently I bought a book covering different photo locations in the Peak District (http://amzn.to/2eSTEEk). As I started to flip through the book, I thought I recognised a couple of locations. Sure enough, there was a section on locations near to where I live and the book was talking enthusiastically about the area.

Looking at the images, I started to see the area with new eyes. I actually have some great photo locations on my doorstep but I seem to be ignoring them. To put this right, I thought I would share this image shot from Alderman Hill, looking across the valley. I took this on a walk from my house (only a couple of miles). Apparently, you can shoot some great sunrises and sunsets here.

I’m going to make an early New Year’s resolution. Over the next 12 months I’m going to shoot more images nearer to home and cut down on the travel.

I hope you have a great weekend.