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AMERICAN CEMETERY, CAMBRIDGE UK

AMERICAN CEMETERY, CAMBRIDGE UK

Another one from my collection of Cambridge images.  The American Cemetery in Cambridge, with it’s memorial pillar stating  ‘Erected By The United States Of America  1954’,   is on 30 acres of land donated by the University of Cambridge, situated three miles outside the city. A high proportion of these 3,812 American servicemen & women were crew members of British-based American aircraft employed in WWII. This is an image of The Great Mall with, on the right-hand side, The Wall of the Missing.

Although the RAW file conversion was made in SilkyPix, that doesn’t mean there wasn’t still some lens distortion showing, and if you want to see the ‘uncorrected’ version, it’s on the zenfolio site at http://nickbland.zenfolio.com  (along with literally hundreds of my other LX3 images, grouped for ease of use).

With some Photoshop transform/distort, the image was almost there, and a touch of lens correction in Capture NX gave me the final result I was after.

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NEWweb1067x600P1120602NXIt’s common knowledge – amongst some, anyway – that I’m not one to spend ages ‘post-processing’ images, although I do spend some time on each of my photographs. None are straight from the camera, but for several months, I thought LX3 RAW files to be unnecessary, and enjoyed ‘multi-film’ mode and the immediacy of the jpegs, with just a few levels, contrast, colour and sharpening mods to get them how I wanted them to look.

More recently, in my interest to gain as much quality and flexibility from the LX3 as possible, I’ve shot RAW files, and used the supplied SilkyPix software for initial processing, finally saving each file as a 25MB tiff.

Shot this evening at dusk, I’d missed the best of the evening light, but came across this scene as I walked from the car park near to a local lake. With signs of a decent sunset – which I enhanced later in Capture NX – this RAW file has given a better result than a couple of earlier attempts in Photomatix HDR software.

Although not necessarily aiming for a typical high-dynamic-range style, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of latitude available from the RAW file from my LX3. The final version is again testament to this stunning camera that is fast replacing my SLRs for everyday shooting where portability, convenience and file quality all count.

As usual, there’s much more to see at http://nickbland.zenfolio.com, where you’ll find many LX3 galleries, most separated into subjects, for ease of use. Feel free to leave a comment on here or on the zenfolio site – I’d be interested to know of your own experience with your LX3.