Because I didn’t use my filters for this shot, I tried to use the branches of the tree to block the sun. This was producing a nice sunburst effect, but as the leaves in the tree blew around, the sunburst wasn’t in every frame and I needed to add it to the finished image.
This is the only image where a flying bird was in the frame. I would love to say I reacted to the moment, but I didn’t. I just got lucky.
What really surprised me though was the amount of detail I recovered from both the shadows and highlights using the Capture One RAW Converter. Although the finished image has some good detail I could have recovered much more. I decided to leave the conversion as you see it because it was starting to appear unnatural and I wanted to emphasise the contrast created by the low sun.
The big lesson I’m taking away from this is that sometimes you should grab the shot and worry about making it perfect later. Just because you have concerns about possible quality issues or something else, it isn’t a reason to not bother.
Looking back, I can now see that I’ve had hundreds of missed opportunities like this one.
No Newsletter Images
Last month I was trying new email/newsletter software to resolve problems with duplicate emails. The good news is that it worked. The bad news is that several people reported there were no images in the newsletter. I would like to say a big thank you to the people who contacted me and worked to help track down the problem.
It turned out that most people with the problem were Gmail users. The fix was simply for them to add my email address to their safe sender list. Once they did this, they were able to see all the newsletter images.
Whilst not everyone was a Gmail user, everyone with the problem had some form of “Whitelist” or “Trusted Sender” feature in their email software. Adding my email address ([email protected]) fixed it.