No. 27 – Image Enhancement

Yet another weekend of grey, cold, miserable weather, which made it much too easy to stay in doors and watch International Rugby. As a result of the continued bad weather the number of images I have made so far this year is abysmally small, which has led me to think about  ways of enhancing dull and often uninteresting pictures into something more exciting.  Two of my favorite methods are to apply a Velvia Filter and to produce High Dynamic Range images (HDR).

Velvia originates from a colour film manufactured by Fujifilm of Japan and is known for its high levels of saturation and image quality.  A digital plugin version  Velvia Vision is available from or as an alternative you apply some simple settings to Channel Mixer in Photoshop and achieve very acceptable results.

HDR is created by taking several frames (normally three) at different exposures, which are then merged into one image via a HDR program such as Photomatix.  Photoshop CS4  and above have an HDR program built-in if you don’t want to splash out on a separate program.


Marlow Bridge just before Sunset

The sun is  low in the sky and the employment of the Velvia filter has made the colours more “punchy”.


Date:   04:02:2013   Time: 16.05.00    Camera:   Canon EOS 30D   Lens:   Canon EF 17-40 mm  f/4.0 L  USM

Aperture:   f/10   Shutter Speed:   1/250   ISO:  100   Focal Length:   25.0 mm


Marlow just after Sunset

The sun has now drifted below the horizon and darkness is descending fast.  The Velvia filter here has helped to give the image a more of a 3D feel, the original being somewhat dark and flat.


Date:   04:02:2013   Time: 15.55.32    Camera:   Canon EOS 30D   Lens:   Canon EF 17-40 mm  f/4.0 L  USM

Aperture:   f/10   Shutter Speed:   1/160    ISO:  100   Focal Length:   31.0 mm

Marlow Bridge HDR

Marlow Bridge and All Saints Church at Sunset

This HDR image is made up of three images with different exposure values (-2.0 0.0 +2.0).  The HDR effect has made this a much more colourful image and a much more interesting sky.


Date:   04:02:2013   Time: 14.11.25    Camera:   Canon EOS 30D   Lens:   Canon EF 17-40 mm  f/4.0 L  USM

Aperture:   f/10   Shutter Speed:   1/250   ISO:  100   Focal Length:  25.0 mm

Mednam Church_HDR b

St Peter & St Paul, Medmenham

This lovely old church is located is the ancient village of Medmenham, mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1066.  The HDR treatment, using similar values as the previous image, has created a soft pastel colour effect.


Date:   07:02:2013  Time: 16.31.58    Camera:   Canon EOS 30D   Lens:   Canon EF 17-40 mm  f/4.0 L  USM

Aperture:   f/5.6  Shutter Speed:   1/50   ISO:  100   Focal Length:   20.0 mm

If you would like any more information on Velvia filters or HDR please contact me via the contact page.  If you are interested in purchasing prints of  the images in any of my posts please also contact me via the contact page with the title of the image and the Post No.  Prices for standard A3 and A4 prints and canvases can be found on the Pint Prices Page, all other size requirements by quotation.


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