I appreciated greatly the feedback on yesterday’s landscape images. I said I am not a landscape photographer and I meant it. I rarely take landscapes. I regard myself as a good jobbing photographer. I can turn my hand to most genres but do not specialise to the extent that I have become an expert in any one of them. Before you push back look around at what else is out there. Digital cameras have unleashed a torrent of creativity. Much is run of the mill but there are some outstandingly talented amateurs giving the pros a run for their money. Some of them read this blog!
It seems clear that the top photograph was the favourite. I have 3 different versions of this now. Each time I look at it I see something different. None of them really passes muster in my eyes. Let’s look and I’ll try to explain why I am dissatisfied. Here is yesterday’s shot again.
Look at where the hill meets the sky where the sun is rising. There is a definite fringe there. It is on the original RAW file. Is it a shortcoming in the Fuji sensor or could I have done something technically different to get rid of it? Is it a fact of life shooting at 6am in low light with high contrast? It is not CA. Did the big stopper cause it? I have no idea. I shot this at ISO 800 to keep within the 30s max exposure – of course I could have shot in “bulb” and held the shutter open manually. Here I show my technical limitations. I don’t really understand reciprocity failure on digital cameras and I get nervous shooting very long exposures. The sunrise lasts about 20 minutes, maybe 25. If I knew in advance what I wanted to shoot and what settings to use then it would be easy. I did not and if I had spent a while experimenting the sun would have been up. But at 800 there is just the tiniest amount of noise. I am sure it would not show in a print but it is visible on a screen.
As far as the composition is concerned two things bother me. The very small rock in the foreground and the empty space between the rocks and the groyne. Should I have left out the small rock? It simply feels too close to the edge of the frame. I don’t know about the empty space. Positive or negative?
Finally when I increased the contrast further I found a dust bunny I had missed. Aargh. OK in digital at home but if you go all the way to the printshop and then it shows up its a huge waste.
And so it goes on. One reader also helped me understand why one frame I shot came out as a jpeg even though I thought I had shot in RAW. My dial had moved and I was clicked on to the double-exposure mode instead of single shot. Here you are – an X-T1 jpeg in Velvia style. Eek.
I’m reviewing the situation and
I think I’d better think it out again!