The cliffs of Deer Park

13 Jul 2021

I’m not a fan of the hyper reaslistic processing that Lightroom makes it easy to do by shifting those clarity and dehaze sliders around, but here I’ve gone with it in an attempt to get the flat looking photo to match my memory of the dramatic landscape of Deer Park, emphasising what little light there was at the time.

One of the problems I find with the clarity adjustment and its friends is that once you’ve seen a photo with them, it’s hard to go back, and so I really do try to stay clear of them, or at least keep them at 10 or below (20 or below on black and white, which I feel works better with the enhanced contrast). I suspect future me will roll his eyes at this picture, but for now this at least better matches the impression I had of this amazing landscape in my memory.

It reminds me of one of my fave long YouTube photography videos, Grainyday’s trip to Iceland where his film shots look lovely, but the digital ones all have that hyper real look that I now find distracting from the scene. But here I am committing the same supposed sin, so who am I to judge?

Taken on 9 July 2021 in Deer Park National Trust, United Kingdom, using a SONY ILCE-7RM2 with a Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Art 019 lens.