Archive for March 2015

Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year

I am very pleased to announce that I am the first winner of the ‘Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year’ Countryside is GREAT category with an image I took of Roseberry Topping from Gribdale Gate.

 

Heather in Bloom, Roseberry Topping. Winner of the LPotY Countryside is GREAT category.

Heather in Bloom, Roseberry Topping

Posted on March 5th, 2015 by John Robinson

Universal Lens Cast Calibration Kit Review

Phase one digital back users have been taking advantage of Capture One’s unique LCC (lens cast calibration) feature for a number of years. What’s it all about then? Digital back sensors have always had incredible resolution making them capable of resolving the coating on lenses which leaves a non uniform colour cast on the resulting images. Digital SLR cameras have caught up, offering a high enough resolution to produce the same side effects, although subtle it is difficult to remove and to add further salt into the wounds your digital sensor will also pick up the colour cast of your filters, sensor dust and vignetting while technical lenses with tilt and shift movements, when utilized cause light fall off, a darkening at the edges of the frame, all of the above are unwanted side effects which are difficult and time consuming to remove, that’s were the combination of Capture One and the Universal Calibration Kit come in.

 

 

The kit comes in a protective cover and consists of and instruction manual and two calibration cards, 1 large 150x150x3mm card for wide angle lenses and another 100x100x3mm card for standard lenses, the latter fits directly into your filter holder giving you more freedom.

 

The kit is very simple to use, my approach to the images I make was no different other than the fact I had to remind myself to hold one of the white cards in front of lens after I had set up my composition and camera settings, i.e., shutter speed, aperture and any tilt, shift movements of the lens. As a side note the manual does state that your exposure for the lens cast calibration shot should be two stops over your base exposure, to do this you would simply adjust the shutter speed by two stops, leaving the aperture settings unchanged, after taking an image of the card readjust the shutter speed back to your original settings. Now you would proceed to capture your image as normal as you now have the file required to correct unwanted side effects when you have the images in Capture One.

 

 

After downloading my images and choosing which image to work on, I would then select the LCC (lens cast calibration) image of the white card which I had taken while in the field. From there I would select the lens tab in Capture One and open the drop down menu for the LCC tab were you are provided with a few options, I chose analyse technical wide angle due to using lens movements (a combination of tilt and shift on technical lenses).

 

This results in Capture One analysing the image, removing any colour cast which had been introduced by the lens/filter combination in use. Capture One also provides two more options which will remove unwanted light fall off and dust removal, the former is something I didn’t use as this will remove the effect of any neutral density graduated filters I had used in the field, while the latter was used and removed sensor dust from the image.

 

                        

 

I have been testing the kit for two weeks now and never go on location without it, it has saved me many hours during post processing removing dust, vignetting and colour casts, providing me with a faithful rendition as a foundation to work on. This means I can focus on image potential and never worry about the tedious stuff, combine this with Capture One’s other powerful features and you have a complete solution aimed at getting the absolute best out of your images.

 

I will continue to use the kit in combination with Capture One and highly recommend the universal lens calibration kit to anyone who demands the the ultimate in image quality!

 

For more information and purchase details, please visit the Capture One Complete website.

Posted on November 29th, 2011 by John Robinson

Lake District Autumnal work

I’m delighted to have spent two weeks in the lake district during autumn. After spending many days on trails, visiting stunning locations of which the images I made during this time are now being processed and are available for purchase. To view these beautiful new art works, please click the following link to be taken to the gallery

 

                                                              Dramatic skies over Ullswater during a passing storm.

 

All images are available as limited edition prints and come signed by John.

Posted on November 17th, 2011 by John Robinson

New Limited Edition Prints Available

New Limited Edition Prints are now available for purchase from the gallery page. The new images are printed on Fujiflex high gloss paper offering excellent saturation, tonal variation and sharpness. Each image is available in two different sizes, signed and numbered by John. For more information please contact us.

Posted on September 14th, 2011 by John Robinson

New 1 on 1 Private Tuition Courses available.

Please visit the following link for more details, 1 on 1 private tuition

Posted on September 13th, 2011 by John Robinson

Scotland, A Winter Wonderland.

With the busy Christmas schedule behind us, Lesley and I headed north to the beautiful Scottish highlands, we booked a cottage to get away from the hectic lifestyle back home not just for sake of having a break, although I’m sure Lesley will disagree but it’s the lure of being behind the lens, seeking the light, that is often elusive or fleeting on the west coast of Scotland due to weather systems coming in from the Atlantic. The days are short during the January months, and the sun hangs in the sky much lower, even at mid day which still provides beautiful lighting for landscape photography. driving on our way to the cottage we pass our first location, Lochan na h Achlaise, It provides an inspiring view to Black Mount, suddenly I become energized, passion takes over and already I can’t wait to get out there! I resist the urge and drive on, we need to get unpacked and settle in before an early rise takes us back to Lochan Na h Achlaise, having already had ‘my first’ glimpse, I can’t wait!

 

Lochan Na h Achlaise

January 21st 2011

 

It’s 8:00am, I’m stood at the edge of Lochan Na h Achlaise, my composition is set, clouds ebb and flow, I’m waiting for them to reveal Black Mount before I release the shutter, the below freezing temperatures have caused the waters along the edge of the lochan to become frozen, Hoar frost has covered the grasses, an undeniably beautiful sight. The clouds begin to lift and everything starts coming together, After an initial test shot, I adjust the exposure and set the camera to auto bracketing, three images, one stop apart ensures an exposure with a great range of tones, No grads were used as the contrast at these times of day are relatively low.

Frozen | Lochan Na h Achlaise

 

Time of Day: Dawn/Twilight

Waiting for the Light: 30 Mins

Post Processing notes: White balance was set to auto in camera and left unchanged during post processing. Our eyes and brain are complex, they constantly correct such colour casts whereas our cameras don’t, it’s up to each individual whether to correct this blue cast during post processing, often I may well correct this myself. However my aim here was to retain subtle shades of white across the snow capped Black Mount and frozen shore in the foreground, this helps me to convey the original mood back to my viewers, the lighting was soft with no presence of direct sunlight, therefore no contrast adjustments were made, adding contrast to this type of scene would be wrong. My aim with these notes is to help one understand why and when to deviate from a more standard approach to post processing.

 

For a colour corrected version of this image, please see here

 

Next part coming soon!

 

Posted on September 12th, 2011 by John Robinson