A couple of days ago I undertook a new shoot for Clive Bowen, one of the U.K’s most respected Potters. Clive’s wonderful ceramics are made from local North Devon red clay, thrown, decorated and wood-fired in a huge traditional bottle kiln. The resulting pots exemplify the materials they are made from, with deep earthy green, gold and black tones and floating etherial trails of slip. Studio pottery was essentially born from utilitarian table ware. Objects to contain food or liquid, to store or eat food from. So here are some of the images which are intended to celebrate both the ceramics and the food.
Fuji X Pro 1 with XF 35mm 1.4
Raspberries, Devon clotted cream with pie, on slipware dish
Fuji XE2 with XF 60mm
Lunch in the studio [Fuji X 100 series]
Here is a brief post describing some ideas for editing Fuji files in Lightroom. I have included Nik pack plugins too. Sometimes a little colour works well for street photography as demonstrated by this lovely lady. Here she was decked out in matching red sandals and spotty bag, pulling along her little dog while pushing a giant pram. Shot with Fuji X100 with the brilliant 23mm lens, stopped down.
So first we have the out of camera Jpg file imported into Lightroom with no adjustments. Looks fine to me but lacks a little impact and contrast which reflects the gloomy light in which it was taken.
Next I opened Analogue Effects pro plugin, adjusted detail, contrast and saturation sliders in camera 3, included a little grain, turned off scratches etc then added a little spot adjustment in her face area. The resulting image was saved back into Lightroom. For me this image seems to be a reasonable representation of a 1970’s Kodak analogue snap.
Despite my belief that colour works best for this image, in the interests of black and white fanatics I next edited the original jpg file in Silver Effects Pro. I used high contrast smooth camera setting, added detail and a little brightness using sliders, increased white and improved tonality using curves. Then again I used the spot adjustment to add detail to her face and scarf. The vignette was already quite sufficient in this setting.
Nevertheless being a Lightroom aficionado I usually prefer to edit my own images rather than relying on others interpretation of the scene I shot. So my normal workflow is to reduce exposure slightly, add a little contrast and adjust white and black sliders, then highlights and shadows. For this image I decreased clarity, added a touch vibrance and a little saturation. Then added two gradient layers in top left and right adding some exposure and a tad saturation. Next I used the adjustment brush to add some exposure to her face, some clarity and improved skin tone a little. Finally I added some grain and a little vignette. The final image looks pretty strong and I like how the red tones in her bag attract attention. Comments welcome!
Here are some ragged sheep resting up on Northam Burrows, North Devon. Lightroom 6 seems to be very buggy and unstable.. so far sent four crash reports. The black and white rendering seems OK though. Has to be connected to Adobe and signed in to use which is a little intrusive.