Pre dawn light on the River Cam, up at Grantchester Meadows. Beautiful conditions continue as we head fast into Autumn.
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A shoot from a few weeks back while down at Burwell Fen. I absolutely love the Fens when the conditions are such. It really does add some mystery and moodiness to the place. Add to that the braying of the Konik Ponies across the wide open spaces, the Ghost of the Fens (the Barn Owl) silently drifting low over the reed beds and the feeling of solitude as you look out and realise that you may be the only person for miles around. Perfection. All images shot on the Fuji XE2 with the Samyang 12mm. Processing in Silver FX Pro 2 with a custom built filter, aptly named A Misty Burwell Morning.
Hope you enjoyed my little stroll around Burwell Fen. Don't let seemingly unfavourable weather stop you from venturing outside. I feel it's at times like these the Fens really do show their wonderful character.
I'm always thankful when I see the first moments of light of a new day, and never more so than at the moment. The darkness of night is, as I'm sure many can testify, the toughest of times when met with challenges. While dad came through the operation on Wednesday night the road ahead is going to be a very long and I'm sure at times very difficult one.
As a family both immediate and extended we will stay strong and be there for both dad and of course mum, who as many of you know does not keep in the best health herself.
Your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time are very much appreciated.
For the past few mornings dawn, or rather pre-dawn, as been a-wash with pink hues. I just love pre-dawn light, especially on cold winter's mornings. Of course it would be nice to get an even colder spell but you need to work with what you are given.
Handheld single shot. Exposed for the highlights and then recovered the shadows. Very impresed with ability of the Fuji XE2 to do this. More frosty mornings like this hopefuilly before Winter leaves us this year. I was shooting hand-held as I was actually welding the 400mm lens for some wildlife stuff. I'm currently looking for a way to attach the Fuji onto my Gitzo tripod so that I can, when needed, do some proper landscape work, even when out with the wildlife kit. Advice most welcome :)
- Fuji XE2 + Samyang 12mm (18mm equiv)
- ISO 400
- 1/60th second
This is taken on Burwell Fen, in Cambridgeshire. See a higher resolution of the image here.
Handheld, hence the high ISO, with the Fuji XE2 and Samyang 12mm - a combination I'm growing to love more and more. I had actually been out with the 400mm (Barn Owls) but always bring my Fuji with me to scope out potential landscape opportunities. The conditions were actually more perfect for proper landscape work so was a bit annoyed I had to hand hold this. I had exposed for the highlights and then looked to grab what I could from the shadows. I think you have to admit the recovery potentials from the Fuji RAW file is pretty impressive. I'm excited about trying this more instead (or as well as) multiple exposure blending. Would certainly make my life a lot easier in post.
Roe Deer Calling, Kestrels dive bombing and a Barn Owl hunting. Now I just need to find a way to attach the Fuji onto the Gitzo tripod for improtu landscape work.
- Fuji XE2 + Samyang 12mm
- ISO 6000 (not bad for a mirrorless hey :)
- 1/18th second @ f/8 (not bad for only one cup of coffee)
- PP in Lightroom (detail extraction from the shadows, small crop from original, slight boost in exposure, minor tweaking of highlights)
As I stood watching the leaves fall from the trees I wondered to myself what it must feel like for the leaf. To be attached to something all of ones life, only then at the very end to be rejected and let go. Time to give some zoom-burst technique a bit of a go.
The key factor to creating an effect like this is to maintain a slower shutter speed - in this case it was 1/25 second. To achieve this during daylight (and without using filters) I needed to up the Aperture while keeping ISO low. I then focus on a particular leaf and while firing the shutter quickly zoom the lens (in or out). To create the feeling of falling I zoomed out in this case. The technique is a lot of fun and while sometimes can be hit or miss it's certainly worth keeping in your locker when you are in one of your more creative moods. Remember with the slower shutter speeds you will need to be careful to avoid unnecessary camera shake.
And as for that particular leaf? Well during my time shooting it hung on. I wonder how long it will last.
- Camera - Canon 1DX
- Lens - Canon 24-104 f/4
- Aperture - f/6.3
- Shutter - 1/25 second
- ISO - 100
- Other - as you are taking the exposure quickly zoom the lens in or out. You don't need to zoom too far and of course remember given the slower shutter speeds you may get some unwanted camera shake.