Thursday, 1 February 2007

Double Velvia Vision

Standard Hadrian's Wall - Image © David Toyne One of the major reasons many landscape photographers avoid going digital is Fuji Velvia film. It is without a doubt a fantastic film for landscape. It has a great colour and tone idealy suited to landscapes.


So it was with great interest on my landscape weekend that I tried out the Adobe Photoshop 'Velvia Vision' plugin from Fred Miranda's website.

The picture on the top left is taken with a 3 stop ND Grad filter to hold back the sky. The same shot shown on the bottom left has had the Velvia Vision plugin used on it. The Velvia shot has a warmer tone and has a better dynamic range and contrast. This has benefited the look of the sky greatly.


Velvia Hadrian's Wall - Image © David Toyne
Now i could have done all this myself given enough time in Adobe Photoshop. This plugin did it in 10 seconds 1 click and no effort whatsoever on my part. This gets my vote every time. Less time in Photoshop is more time taking pictures.

Verdict: $25 well spent

4 comments:

Paul Indigo said...

Interesting comparison. Although I do think I could have achieved the same within about 2 minutes in PS... would have to see bigger files to check. Agree about spending as much time on photography as possible rather than behind a computer.

David, will you please make your mind up about your overall blog design. You're confusing me dude LOL.
All the best,
Paul

David Toyne said...

On the layout front I'm confusing me also! Had a feed failure and had to revert to older layout. Still sorting. Adding new news feeds also at subscriber request.

The velvia plugin looks better when seen on huge files. I'll print a couple when I visit soon. Or focus on the Monday maybe?

Johnny said...

Ecxellent!!! & on the subject ot blog design, theres nothing like "desicive changes"!! Johnny

Johnny said...

Ecxellent!!! & on the subject ot blog design, theres nothing like "desicive changes"!! Johnny