First trip out in the van heading acorss to Donegal .... It's nice waking up a stones through from your photography location
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Latest vlog now available via my YouTube channel. This time it's a trip down to Port Moon Bothy.
In my latest video from the field as I head down to Carrick-a-Reed rope bridge for a dawn shoot.
An almost perfect 20 hours on the North Coast of Ireland. Such a beatiful place. I fall in love with it a little bit more each day.
Pre dawn light on the River Cam, up at Grantchester Meadows. Beautiful conditions continue as we head fast into Autumn.
Perfect overnight conditions meant for a pretty spectacular misty morning spent on the Cambridgeshire Fens.
Beautiful conditions earlier in the year down at Burwell Fen - a location I hope to spend a heck of a lot more time at over the coming months.
It can be quite difficult to frame a half decent landscape photo in the this part of the world, with lots of flat open space. Then again that also appeals to me from the challenge point of view as the landscape, in these parts, is quite unique and can uncover something different than the normal landscape photographs we see. Certain conditions, especially with the shapes of the clouds, can make for some nice big sky photography.
Shot with the Fuji XE2 and Samyang 12mm combo - my goto combo for landscape photography. I also just picked up a RRS 55 Ball Head and L-Shape bracket and am really looking forward to using these two in my Fuji landscape adventure going forward.
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.
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)
Okay so Focus Peaking isn't exactly new. It's been around for a few years, but having just picked up my first manual focus lens I have been putting it through its paces for the very first time on my Fuji X-E2. I had been wanting a new landscape lens for quite sometime, initially considering something from the Zeiss range to pair with my Canon 1DX. I then started to consider my future self when on the road and decided to invest in some glass for my Fuji. I had narrowed my choice down to three potentials; the Samyang 12mm, Zeiss 12mm or the Fuji 10-24, finally choosing the Samyang 12mm.
note I'll be posting on a later blog entry some thoughts on the Samyang along with sample images. For now back to Focus Peaking.
The idea behind focus peaking is that it will allow you to see the areas of the image which have achieved focus by outlining those parts in a different colour (which is configurable). In the above image you can see the red highlights quite prominent on the sails of the wind pump. In the second image below you can see I've zoomed in on the benches to again confirm that focus has been achieved.
Now of course the photographer is still responsible for working out Depth of Field / Hyper-focal calculations but the Focus Peaking makes it very easy to check focus without squinting into the LCD. I found myself being able to quickly check focus (later confirmed through 100% crop back in the office) even as I changed Aperture or indeed setup different view points.
Sadly the sunrise wasn't as good as I had hoped (or indeed how the Met Office website had predicted) although about 30 minutes after sunrise the clouds started to take on some colour which helped lift the overall final image (see below). I'm sure there are plenty of techniques when it comes to focus peaking and I aim to do some serious testing with this lens over the coming weeks.