Phase One XF, Schneider LS 35mm IQ1-100
f/11 1/200 ISO 200
And a slightly larger view of why we like this one.
There’s always the threat when capturing landscape images
that the weather won’t cooperate. Too
much light, not enough light or you missed the light while setting up. Add to that
too hot, too cold, blowing snow and just freezing weather can turn a
normally beautiful spot into something else.
You need to think outside the box.
This is another example of that thinking. The color image was “nice” but not “great” so
we ended up making this into a stylized image of the Green River Overlook. The
color image that’s directly below was taken with 90-seconds and looks great in
color. Both were captured using a Phase One XF, Schneider LS 35mm and an IQ1-100 f/8 1/320 ISO 200. Go figure…
There are times you might want to add drama to an
image. The following images are an
examples. The pothole was captured
because we could see a slight reflection of the sky in the water as well as the
heavy overcast sky with the sun trying to peek through. The finished image is more of what we “felt”
than what we “saw”.
Likewise the image of Park Avenue in Arches
National Park is the finished image after cropping from the bottom and adding a
little drama to the sky. Both images were processed in Capture One Pro before
Phase One XF Schneider LS 40-80 (40mm) f/8 1/2500 ISO 400 Handheld
Phase One XF Schneider LS 35mm f/8 1/5 ISO 50
You need to watch out for the unexpected. We found this tight space near Sand Dune
Arch. While it didn’t look all that photogenic
it did have a certain appeal to Don. The
space itself is very tight and showed the two rocks wedged in-between. Phase One XF, Schneider LS 35mm, handheld
f/3.5 1/160 ISO 400. Processed entirely
in Capture One Pro.
Truthfully this was a very ugly spot however Don saw
something here that he knew was worthy of at least trying. Phase One XF, Schneider LS35, IQ1-100, f/3.5
1/250 ISO 400. The image was processed
initially in Capture One Pro as all our images are before sending to
Photoshop. Once in Photoshop he began
working on the individual hue/saturation levels of the reds, yellows, greens, cyans,
blues, and magentas experimenting raising and lowing the saturations until he
arrived at the image below.
There are two parts to this story. There are times you just
don’t have a wide enough lens to capture the scene. Don’s widest lens he had at the time, a
Schneider LS 35 wasn’t wide enough. Likewise Sandy’s 16-35 at 16mm wasn’t
either. This is a two shot handheld pano
using the Sony A7rII, FE16-35 at 16mm. f/8 1/320 ISO 50. Don tried the same thing with his 35mm and
failed to get a usable file.
The second part is the color. The image was captured at almost high noon with
the worse possible light. The Colorado
River was flat however is was extremely muddy and looked like, well crap. We
processed the files and while we disliked the color we liked the overall image; thus we converted it to black and white saving an otherwise ugly image.
Another example of turning an otherwise somewhat dull image
into something else. Turret Arch was a very quick snap Sandy took using her
Sony A7rII and FE90mm lens. We were in the middle of a light snow storm that
made shooting conditions difficult. The area we were in offered a great
observation spot and rather than risk not finding it again Sandy decided to
experiment and take the shot. The file
looked “okay” however we both felt it need “something” else so we decided to
try it in Topaz Labs getting the result you see below.
There are also times when we’re shooting we “see” the scene in
black and white. We compose the shot
knowing that once we open and begin processing the file we’d do it as a black
and white image. Sometimes we fail
however most of the times we win. Huge...
The image below was captured by Sandy using her Sony A7rII
FE24-70 lens at 40mm f/8 1/200 ISO 50.
Processed entirely in Capture One Pro.
Don likes to focus-stack images in order to achieve what he
calls focus from his toes to the sky.
The following are two examples of focus stacking using a 100-megapixel
IQ1-100 medium format camera. Both were
captured using a Phase One XF camera body and a Schneider LS 35mm lens. A steady tripod is a must in doing focus
stacking; in doing both of these Don used a new Platypod Max in lieu of a
tripod in order to get low enough.
8-files f/8 1/160 ISO 50
7-files f/11 1/125 ISO 50
Platypod Max at work.
Don has the waist level viewfinder attached to the XF to assist him in
low level shooting conditions as well as using a remote shutter release for a
hands off approach other than to change focus.
Broken Arch, Arches National Park. Both images are full frame with no cropping
Sony A7rII FE16-35 (16mm) f/7,1 1/100 ISO 50
Phase One XF Schneider LS 35mm f/5.6 1/200 ISO 50
This was the first visit to Moab since Don upgraded to the
100-megapixel IQ1-100 digital back and once again he’s very impressed. The following images were captured on the fly
in the Garden of Eden area of Arches National Park. While he would have preferred a longer lens
like the Schneider LS 240 (which was sitting at home in Tucson) he was able to
try the resolution factor of the 75-150 at 150mm.
f/5.6 1/200 ISO 50
The above image was taken at 150mm handheld through the
window of the truck in a slight snow storm.
Processed in Capture One Pro then sent to Photoshop in order to run the
shake reduction filter which helped a little.
The following is a 100% crop.
The following is a side by side comparison of another image
taken seconds after the one above. The image on the left is the full fame while
the one on the right is a crop. Having
the extra resolution available is a great tool to have.
Our final image is the result of 4-images stitched together
to make a panorama of Arches National Park with the LaSalle Mountain in the
background. The files were processed in Capture One Pro prior to stitching them
together in Photoshop. This is not the
final image as Don feels it still needs a little more work.
f/6.3 1/640 ISO 100 (handheld)
Once again we want to thank our dear friend Dave Gallagher of Capture Integration for the love and support he and his company provides
us throughout the year. A big shout out
also goes to Ziv Argov, VP Marketing Phase One.
This is our last blog entry for 2016 as the year is quickly
coming to a close. Next year, 2017 has a
lot of surprises in store with new travel that we are anxious to share so
please stay tuned. Until then however,
we’d like to wish everyone a very safe holiday season and a happy new year.
Sandy & Don