Post-processing step by step: Bamboo Forest

Bamboo Forest in Kyoto

Today I have a new video tutorial for you (scroll down to watch it).

It will show you how I edited one of my recent photos, taken in the bamboo forest in Kyoto, Japan. This is one of those places I’ve wanted to photograph for years, ever since I first saw it in the photo by Trey Ratcliff (and later in another image by Jimmy McIntyre). This place seemed really magical. And indeed it is!

However, taking the image wasn’t as easy as you might think. Nowadays it’s a very popular tourist spot as well as being a sought-after wedding location.  So I had to make several attempts to get the image I wanted. On the first attempt, even though it was still early in the morning, the place was already full of tourists and 4 – 5 photoshoots. Now, this might not sound too bad until you realize the forest path is just a few hundred meters long…

So I made another attempt and was at the location even earlier (way before 7 AM). This time there were just a few people around but I ran into another problem – it was very dark in the forest and the light patches that appeared here and there resulted in a huge contrast. I had to use HDR to balance the exposure and avoid clipping either highlights or shadows.

If you would like to follow the tutorial, here are the files I used:

And without further ado here’s the video:

And finally here’s the EXIF info for this image:

Technical details:
Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review)
Lens: Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS USM (read my review)
Focal length: 35 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure time: 1/3 s (“middle” exposure)
ISO: 100
Number of exposures: 7
E.V. Step: 1.0 EV
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: no
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping
Software: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Capture One 9, Photoshop CC 2015, ON1 Effects 10

2018-02-12T12:04:35+00:00 April 27th, 2016|Posted in: before/after, Japan, tutorial, video|