Is reality all it’s cracked up to be?

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Most of the time, I tend to be very conservative with what I do with photographs on the computer – I’m not a great fan of spending hours tweaking every pixel and mostly don’t like images which look as if they’ve obviously been ‘processed’.  So, no HDR for me and I don’t love those super saturated and samurai-sharp landscape images either.  Every now and again, though, I find my resulting untweaked images a little unfinished – or to be a bit more blunt, boring.

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I finally looked through some images from a quick trip to Norfolk in the Summer over the past weekend, and somehow the standard adjustments in Lightroom just weren’t cutting it for me.  Maybe it’s the fact that this area of the country is a landscape painter’s dream (Constable being perhaps the most famous of the East Anglian artists) but on this occasion I decided to fiddle rather more than usual.

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These photographs were all taken in and around Brancaster (not so far from the Sandringham Estate) and processed using Scott Davenport’s Landscape Pack as part of OnOne 2017 as a starting point – in essence adding some clarity, vignetting, saturation and various textures.  It was a good deal of fun and I think has made some of the more interesting images that I’ve taken recently.

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One final image from Brancaster – this wooden bridge was just begging to be given some monochrome treatment; I’m sure I’m not the first person, or the last person, to do it – but here’s my attempt.  Oddly, sometimes I think black and white can make things look more real.  Hmmmm:

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Thanks for looking if you’ve stayed the course to the bottom of this post!  It’s been a while, but I’m still here!

Jon

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Jon Schick

South East London-based, I work for the National Health Service but try and fit in some photography on a regular basis. A ridiculous and expanding number of cat companions provide some photographic material when the going gets really tough (it's the internet - gotta have a cat photo) but the almost-grown kids stay as far away from the lens as possible!

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