Photography, like most things in life is better when you are confident. I’ve processed several images lately that gave me confidence that I can create the image I see before I press the shutter button.  The confidence comes not only from the ability to get the composition correct in camera. It also comes from the camera being able to capture the detail I want. And to present the tonal range the I saw with my eyes.

Flimflam's Lanterns
Flimflam’s Lanterns

These images were taken at maybe 4:30 in the afternoon so the light was rather contrasty.  I apply the Provia/Standard camera profile to all my imported raw files and add a bit of sharpening as needed.  I bracketed the shots to plus 2 stops and minus 2 stops and processed them with Lightroom’s Photo Merge HDR. I also passed them through Photoshop where I applied some Nik Software By Google Color Effects 4 Tonal and Pro Contrast filters.

Gringot’s Dragon

The images were shot with the Fujifilm X-T2 and XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR lens. I could only have one camera and lens this would be the  combination I would chose.   The images are only 1600 pixel jpegs but if you click on them you can see the texture in the wings and the texture of the window frames, it’s just spot on.

It is nice to know that you can put the camera to your eye and get the images you see. Gives you confidence.