My husband ceaselessly chides me for not modifying tightly sufficient, of hanging on to picture information that I “won’t ever use and by no means present.”
There’s some fact to this. I’ve no downside doing the primary move, throwing out clear errors and duplicates. After that, it will get a LOT harder. A part of the issue is a few information are constructing blocks for a future picture and I can’t know what their full potential is till I mess around with them and course of them.
Earlier this summer season, we went to a close-by seaside within the afternoon to shoot. As a result of it was a grey and cloudy day throughout San Diego’s annual “June gloom,” we might shoot in the course of the afternoon with out harsh shadows.
I had a brand new device I wanted to grow to be conversant in, a Breakthrough Filters 6-stop impartial density (ND) filter. Slowing down the publicity and smoothing the ocean would spotlight an attention-grabbing rock formation on the seaside. The publicity can be lengthy sufficient that surfers within the water can be blurred out.
My first order of enterprise was to determine the bottom publicity, earlier than slowing the shutter pace down with the addition of an ND filter. That is what I began with:
I rapidly found 6-stops wasn’t sufficient. Fortunately, Steve was capturing close by and lent me his to make use of as well as. Mine is round, 77mm and screws onto the entrance of a lens. On this case, I used to be capturing with the Fujifilm X-T2, paired with XF 16 mm F1.4 WR lens. His Nisi 3-stop ND filter is a large rectangular filter, which I needed to handhold in entrance of my 6-stop filter.
Totally different compositions
I attempted a couple of variations in composition, together with this vertical:
These Nisi filters could also be large, however they’re designed for use with a holder and to not be hand-held, nonetheless gingerly, by the sides. A sq. crop tightened the composition, specializing in the engaging S-curve within the middle.
I favored the main strains shaped by the striations within the sand, the sinuous S-curve of the rock and sand interface and the moodiness of the sky. The colour was nice if a little bit monastic and subdued.
Different choices for the unique information
What if I turned this right into a monochrome model? Utilizing DxO Labs Nik Assortment Silver Efex Professional 2, one can rapidly attempt on quite a lot of black and white appears for a picture. My last model, with which I used to be happy, has a dreamy high quality of shimmery sand fusing right into a limpid ocean.
With out processing the picture up to now, it’s exhausting to foretell what’s a keeper and what isn’t. So, I proceed to hold on to information I could by no means use, or present, a minimum of till I’ve given them a correct alternative to shine.