Birnam Wood and The Hermitage

Discussion in 'Landscape and Architecture' started by Rob MacKillop, Aug 2, 2021.

  1. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    All from last week's holiday in Birnam. All Leica Q2M with heliopan 3x -1.5 yellow filter.

    In no particular order:

    1. Birnam Path
    355+sq Birnam Path.jpg

    2. Birnam Path
    359+ Birnam Path f16.jpg

    3. The Hermitage
    273a Hermitage forest floor.jpg

    4. The Hermitage
    237+ Hermitage dark rocks.jpg

    5. The Hermitage
    236+ Hermitage black rocks.jpg

    6. The Hermitage
    233+ Hermitage old lady.jpg

    7. The Hermitage
    232+ Hermitage scene.jpg

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  2. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

    Those are great, Rob. I love the way you caught the light in no. 3
    We stopped off for a few days in Birnam in the middle of June, on the way back from a trip to Inverness. Loved the trip we made to The Hermitage, as it recalled my being there as a kid on a family visit. I recognise those scenes you've shot and may have some very similar compositions to you. Though yours are far better than my efforts, I must say!
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  3. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    That is a beautiful set, it really looks like a magical forest.
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  4. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Cheers, lads. Yes, it's a magical place. So much so, we are contemplating a caravan-style holiday home there. I'd happily go every weekend.

    Glad you recognise it, Chris. Wonderful place!
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  5. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    What more can I add. Another fantastic set, Rob.

    I especially like the first and the slight IR look to it. Suits square too.
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  6. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Yes, Pete, I think this first is my best composition. Odd, though, when printing with the Canon Pro-300 the first does not print well, while the second looks superb. I tried different settings with Nik Sharpener, made some progress, but nothing I’m totally happy with. There’s an art to shooting for screen, and a different art for shooting for print, and I’m struggling to learn the difference. On it goes, still learning and exploring :)
  7. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Yes, there's a more subtle gradation in tones in the first and that might well be harder to print using standard settings. Does the soft-proof option help?
  8. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    It might do if I used it! :rolleyes: It’s something I have to get to grips with. My twelve-year old iMac is on its last legs, so I have a new one arriving this week. I’m not sure if I’ll still be able to use LR6 on it, and don’t want to go the subscription route. So I might be looking for a replacement, and have to research soft proofing options.
  9. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    LR6 won't work under Big Sur (or Catalina) I'm afraid.

    I'm writing this on a 2008 MacPro running El Capitan and it is still fast enough for editing even video. However, of course I can't run the latest versions, but I do have a more modern MacPro ready to take over from it that will run Catalina at least when I find time to do the transfer.

    On this machine I have a license for all of the Adobe apps and on my laptops I have the Photograher option. I was annoyed at first by the idea of a subscription, but at just under 10 pounds per month for both LR and PS it seems pretty good value. CaptureOne has an option for a perpetual license, but it is getting on for 300 pounds. I think if I wanted an alternative I'd go with PhotoLab from DxO especially given how much I like Nik filters: in fact I have a license for it as part of a package, but normally use LR/PS and Nik and occassionaly CaptureOne as it seems better suited to PhaseOne files.
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  10. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Thanks for that. I’ll look into alternatives. Exposure 6 and Affinity have been mentioned.
  11. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    @Pete Askew - the new and wonderful iMac has arrived with Big Sur as the OS. Lightroom 6 works well with it. So, I now have to decided if it is worth my installing Monterey...and losing LR6...Any advice?

    Edit: I originally write Catalina in place of Monterey. Getting old!
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2021
  12. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    OK, this is WEIRD. When I first started on the new iMac, I opened up LR6, and it worked. I was able to make the usual changes to exposure, etc, and save it. So I was amazed that LR6 was actually working with Big Sur. But after an hour I tried opening it again - and it wouldn't open! Sigh! Deep sigh!
  13. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    After trying a few free trial versions, I think I’ll opt for Exposure X6, which is close to Lightroom in some respects, plus has some fun add ons.

    I did this within a few minutes of downloading the trial version:


    With more time I’d be able to refine it. Here’s the one I made earlier to n LR6:

  14. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    There’s no soft proofing, but there are other ways of doing that. The free Color Sync which comes with Macs is allegedly acceptable. We shall see.
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