Posts Tagged ‘Söderhamn’

Thursday, June 2nd 2011

Graduated Neutral Density filter in Lightroom

I started thinking about graduated neutral density filters. I don’t own any, but my feeling is that they would be a lot of hassle to deal with in the field, so I got curious to see how much you can do in post processing. That’s to say, how much of a gradient can you add in Lightroom without it bringing out noise or looking generally stupid.

I started poking around with this old photo from last summer.

I added a gradient of 1.5 stops extra exposure from the bottom, while reducing the overall exposure by 0.4 stops:

I pulled the white balance down to 4600 K, to make the image cooler:

I increased the fill light and black clipping to about 60:

I also decided to pull the Clarity slider up to about 50 and increased the saturation from -35 to -15:

Finally I pulled the vignette in a little tighter:

Here’s a larger version of the final image. Hover to see the before.

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It ended up perhaps slightly over the top, but it shows that you can make quite a big difference with digital gradients in post processing too. I feel confident in skipping the real gradual neutral density filters and still being able to get the effect digitally.

On a related note, I’m very tempted to get a B+H ND110 (10 stop) neutral density filter to be able to experiment with really long exposures in daylight.

Tuesday, September 1st 2009

Summer photos from Söderhamn

We spent one week at my parents’ summer cottage in Söderhamn. Plenty of stuff to take photos of.

24972 - 2009-08-06 kl 19.50

24975 - 2009-08-06 kl 19.53

24999 - 2009-08-06 kl 21.52

25087 - 2009-08-07 kl 19.31

24759-24761 - HDR

24822 - 2009-08-04 kl 14.54

24697 - 2009-08-03 kl 17.41

24711-24714 - HDR

24723-24725 - HDR

24682 - 2009-08-03 kl 17.20

24771 - 2009-08-03 kl 22.47

Monday, September 22nd 2008

Red Currants

Red Currants (röda vinbär)

Red Currants (röda vinbär)

Red Currants (röda vinbär)

Monday, September 22nd 2008

Overexposed

Höstrudbeckia, Rudbeckia laciniata var. hortensia

I don’t normally like the look of overexposed photos but here I think it works really well.

Here’s the technically correct exposere. Much more dull.

Höstrudbeckia, Rudbeckia laciniata var. hortensia