Ray Of Hope

Ray Of Hope

f/9, 1/400, ISO-800, 18mm

Another product from my canoe trip last weekend, but this one is a little different. All the post-processing was done in Lightroom 5. I downloaded the trial version of it as soon as I was able and decided to put it to the test. Normally I use a combination of Lightroom and various other tools such as Perfect Photo Suite or Nik Software. It’s been quite awhile, actually, since I’ve limited myself to Lightroom alone, but I think version 5 acquitted itself nicely.

Much of the effect here was done using the new radial filter tool. I added two such filters – one to the clouds and another to the trees and water. With this tool I was able to quickly and easily create vibrant color and high contrast, and I’m not certain I could have duplicated this effect at all in previous versions of Lightroom. I imagine I would have had to use the adjustment brush, and I’ve never been good with that tool, and it would have been tedious. I created this images in under 15 minutes. If that doesn’t sound impressive to you, let me say that the guy paddling the canoe while I lazed in the front is no photography slouch himself, though he doesn’t practice the craft as much as me. He complained at how the view in general that evening was not very impressive. He’s right, but I was able to see potential in what I could achieve in post work. The sky was gray, the water was brown, and the trees were bland when we were actually out on the water.

I could have achieved much the same effect in Color Efex Pro, but probably not as quickly. I think the only real issue I have with Lightroom’s performance here is that the grain is a little high, even after nudging the noise reduction to 38. Granted, I’m at a high ISO, but I don’t recall the noise being quite this noticeable before.

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  1. Nels June 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    How did you arrive at F/9, ISO800.

    • AJBopp June 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

      ISO800 because there were some areas that were really low light. This one was pretty well lit tho and I could have gone lower. But I didn’t want to be constantly fiddling with ISO. Perhaps in retrospect I should set auto-iso

      • Nels June 14, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

        Im asking because I really struggle with this lighting and composition. My gut would have been wide open at f/2.8, 1/500 (or whatever meter over exposed by 1/2 stop or so) and ISO400. But I am learning what my eyes were telling me was noise was actually degradation in the dof.

        • AJBopp June 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

          I think at this distance DOF would not have been an issue. There seems to be excessive e grain especially in the clouds. I was shooting aperture priority and was basically dialing it up and down depending on what the meter told me. For shots like this, I metered the sky and then recomposed.

  2. Iamrcc June 26, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    I liked the photo. Thank you for explaining how you arrived at the result. I just downloaded Lightroom 5. I really have not used the development module. I use Lightroom to organize my photos. I can find what I need 10 times faster using it then anything that I had previously. I shall have to take a look at that Develop module in light of what you’ve described. Thanks for visiting and the like of my post “Gathering in the Middle”. Thanks for highlighting it on your site.

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