║ Finland frozen trees post-processing
09 September 2015
Diego Lopez of Wildphotoscape sent me the RAW file of a great image that he took in Lapland this winter. He wanted me to try and do my version.
Diego is one of the best nature and landscape photographers in Spain but his "policy" is to apply only minor adjustments with his RAW processing software (Capture NX) and Photoshop.
I find it difficult to process someone else's image, particularly because I wasn't at that particular location with him but I accepted the challenge and I had a go...
Diego's image is spectacular. The composition, light and subject matter is outsanding and because he was using a Zeiss 21mm, the image is tack sharp. I got really excited when he sent me the RAW file to play with it.
In the image below, you can see the RAW file as it appears in the Capture One screen, the process image by Diego with minor adjustments and my image, heavily processed in Photoshop.
I absolutely love the cold tones and low contrast given to the image by Diego so tried something a bit different and I gave my image a warmer touch and more contrast, bringing some more detail to the ice and bluring the background by applying different filters.
If you want to see the creative process followed to get to the final result of my image, I have uploaded a video in vimeo here https://vimeo.com/129087817.
As you can see in the following images, the appearance of the image when opened with different softwares is slighly different. For this particular image, I have used Capture One.