I haven’t had much time (and if I am frank, not much interest in) for shooting lately. I have, however, tested some new approaches in post-processing. I have been a long time VSCO Film user and I have been quite happy with their presets. I decided to try out Replichrome film emulations from Totally Rad Inc. though. I have to say that I love Replichrome! It gives more organic look than VSCO Film. Just can’t wait if Totally Rad will make additional film emulations available. At the moment most emulations are the same films than in VSCO 01 pack. For B&Ws Replichrome has the fantastic Kodak Plus-X 125 which I find really nice and this one is not included in VSCOs films. I tried Plus-X out with quite a few old shots and I was very pleased about the results. For the shots below I tweaked the emulation and added a slight toning. I think the toning adds extra mood which pleases me.
I decided to test panoramic/cinematic cropping with few Ricoh GR shots. I didn’t want to use the usual 16:9 aspect ratio but went to a more panoramic one, 12:5 (2,4:1). Why I chose that kind of an aspect ratio? No special reason for that, it just pleases my eye more than 16:9. I tested 12:5 aspect ratio for some shots taken at our Kallavesi lake cruise. I processed these shots with my LR preset based on VSCO Film Fuji Provia 100F which gives you quite boosted vivid colors. I am not totally sure if I like these. 🙂 But sometimes it is just nice to try some other approach in cropping than the usual ones.
I have been trying to make my own color and B&W presets for Lightroom lately. I have used VSCO presets (namely Fuji 160C for color and Ilford HP5 for B&W) as starting points and tweaked them to my liking. I have some kind of a B&W period going on now and finding a nice preset for B&W is a very important thing to me. The two presets I have now made are just starting points to me but I am able to get close to a final presentation with a one click using them. Usually I make minor adjustments after applying my presets though.