Hello and welcome to an onetime landscape photograph of the week (for once!). Today’s choice is an older shot, but I think it’s a good example of what I wanted to talk about today.
So often, after a landscape, wedding or commercial photoshoot, there is a degree of urgenc to get the images processed and either live for publicity or to the client. This is usually down to deadlines. But sometimes, it really is worth taking a look back at the discarded photographs with a fresh pair of eyes.
I’ve desperately wanted to get out and shoot the gorgeous purples of the heather that comes round every August. I’ve been so busy it’s been difficult to find a time that matched the weather. Anyway, this made me think back to the last time I photographed the Peak District Heather in full bloom and I had a trawl through my archive to see if I’d missed anything. No surprises really that I’d completely overlooked this lovely landscape sunset photograph taken from Surprise View a couple of years ago (no pun intended). Surprise view is on one of the most accessible locations in the Peak District and you can also get up to Owler Tor as well from the National Trust Car park.
Shooting straight at the sun is always an exposure nightmare so I chose to blend two different image exposures (one for the sky and one for the foreground) for my original landscape photograph. I’ve never really been happy with it as I felt the rock was too dark. So when taking a second look at this unprocessed image, I was able to get exactly what I wanted with a few minor tweaks in Lightroom. I think this is why I’ve been able to achieve my goal. I switched from Photoshop RAW processing to Lightroom about a year ago and I’ve never really looked back.
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