Sunday, December 23, 2007

Morning Glory

Sunrises/sunsets are tricky – on the one hand they can be interesting and dramatic, but on the other, there are so many of them that it’s almost impossible to be distinctive or different. Every calendar or set of landscapes will have a scatter of them in there. But on the way to work on frosty Friday morning with a pale winter sun I couldn’t resist the temptation to stop the car by the icy Boyle river in Cootehall. These were underexposed by a couple of stops to hold highlight detail and boost contrast.

Other than basic tweaks of levels I don't like to do much post-processing, as it's so easy to overdo it and end up with images that are 'photoshopped' to death, but I came across an action recently which mimics the effect of Fuiji Velvia Film. Velvia was a big favourite of landscape photographers as it produced rich saturated colours with dramatic contrast. Here is the shot out of the camera and then with the Velvia action added. I think it adds a bit of punch and extra drama to the scene without looking over-processed.

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