Over the past few weeks I’ve been visiting the Peak District National Park on a fairly regular basis. Some of the images you may have seen on my Instagram feed in the sidebar of the blog.
I visited Chatsworth House in Derbyshire on Sunday last to see the sculpture show there. On the way back the evening light was settling in and I stopped in a number of places to grab an image or two. I’ll filter some of them into posts as the autumn gathers pace but I really wanted to share with you just three images that I’m pleased with.
The header image is of a sunset over the Cheshire Plain and photographed from The Roaches.
Incidentally, if you are local to the Peak District, there is a rather super book available entitled “Peak District – Through the Lens” by James Grant. It contains details of locations you might like to photograph within the Peak District. Its 400 pages are stuffed with maps, directions, images, kit advice, post-processing, planning and tips to enjoy the many locations you will find in the Peak District. I bought my copy at Chatsworth House but any bookshop would be happy to order a copy for you. The ISBN is as follows: 978-0-9933156-0-2.
It hasn’t all been architecture! I’ve been out and about over the past couple of weeks mainly testing new kit. I’ve bought a new tripod – a Manfrotto 290 with a three-way head – and the final piece of camera hardware, a Fujinon XF90mm ƒ1.2 lens.
I’ve tried to get to as many locations as possible over the past weeks re-visiting the Peak District National Park as well as Formby and New Brighton on the Merseyside coast. These images have been subject to new processing techniques, still using Lightroom. I read an article about using the Tone Curve in addition to the highlights/whites and shadows/blacks and this has added a new dimension to my landscape and seascape images. In addition, I have been using Niksoft’s Color Efex 4 to further enhance the images.
I hope you like these images of which I’m very pleased with…
I make no excuses for featuring this image twice mainly because I wanted to share with you, dear friends, how it was processed and perhaps to try some of the techniques for yourselves. Firstly, no filters were used at any point in the capture – that’s no ND graduated ones for the sky and foreground. The starburst was made using a very small aperture (ƒ18).
The sky needed a filter to reduce the brightness of the sky; indeed, two filters were needed before I got everything corrected. The foreground needed to be lightened and a third filter was used to “lift” the shadows. All the grad filters were made using the grad tool in the “Basic” section of Lightroom. It was necessary to set the black and white points using the highlight/white and the shadow/black sliders before using the Tone Curve using the medium contrast preset.
Most of the work was now done and it just remained for the colour saturation and vibrance settings to be adjusted as well as adding a -13 vignette to darken the edges slightly. From start to finished item took no more than 10 minutes.
I hope you found this mini-tutorial useful. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
The middle day of my trip to Northumberland rain, hail, sleet and snow fell during the morning cancelling out a walk along the beach and dunes to Bamburg Castle. Plan B was a visit to Alnwick (see my Barter Books post), which turned out to be a little bit drier.
After lunch, the weather brightened considerably but the northerly wind was quite chilly. I made a beeline for Alnmouth, on the coast. The weather held but a storm was brewing and I made my way north using the coastal route to see how the storm was growing. Beadnell was the final stop where the waves were crashing over the sea defences.
Once a few images were “in the bag” I made a sprint for the hotel and hunkered down for a quiet night.
I love France! There is always just so much to see and do and that keeps the camera(s) clicking. Here’s a few images from recent trips; the header image is from Verteuil-sur-Charente, a beautiful and historic village with some fine architecture.
The Old Mill, Verteuil-sur-Charente
L’Boulangerie & Chateau, Verteuil-sur-Charente
The Cloisters at Cahors Cathedral
L’Abregement, Bioussac, Charente
Early Morning near Bioussac, Charente Règlisee – a Very French Chat
NOTES: All images shot with Fujifilm X-Pro2 & Fujinon 16-55mm ƒ2.8 zoom.
The view of the Dane Valley has been processed using Lightroom 6.5 and Colour Effects 4, currently being offered free of charge by Google. All other images, except the storm, which was edited in Silver Efex Pro2, were processed in Lightroom 6.5.
Back into the time machine for a trip to Lincoln, a beautiful and historic city in the east of England. The University of Lincoln were holding their annual student graduation ceremonies so lots of opportunity for images with my Fujifilm X-10. Enjoy!
We’re away this weekend visiting my partner’s son, daughter-in-law and our little granddaughter in West Bridgford. And this weekend there was a Framer’s Market on the town green. Lots of samples to try and photographs to take – a real foodies treat: yum-yum!