Show Focus Points plugin for Lightroom 5

Just come across a cool – and free – plugin for Adobe Lightroom 5 today.

It’s called Show Focus Points, and, as you might guess, it shows you which focus points were selected by the camera when the photo was taken.

It’s compatible with Windows and Mac and works for both Canon and Nikon cameras.

It’s awesome, and free… so what are you waiting for? 😉

Show Focus Points plugin

Behind the Camera: ‘Sunkissed’ – Buachaille Etive Mor, Scotland

Known by many names – The Buachaille or The Beuckle – Buachaille Etive Mor must be one of the most photographed features of the Scottish highlands. Not only does “the great herdsman of Etive” look spectacular, a giant pyramid welcoming you to Glen Etive, but also getting to a spot with fantastic foreground interest is only a short walk across a field.

No mountains to climb or rivers to negotiate.

So, on the one hand it’s great to have such a splendid sight to work with that’s a few minutes away from the roadside, but on the other hand it puts a pressure on the photographer to present it in a new light. While there’s nothing wrong in bagging a shot of something that looks like thousands – if not millions – of other photos, it’s much more special – not to mention rewarding – if you can make that capture unique in some way.

Given that I didn’t have the drama of snow to work with, and the moon wasn’t going to play ball with me, I decided I was going to work with this peak both at night and early morning. The foreground interest provided by the waterfalls makes it a great subject to work with under low light conditions because long exposures draw out the time that the shutter is open, giving the water a chance to transform from looking as sharp cut glass to a super-soft candy floss.

But there’s other things that you can do to an exposure to present it in a different way. In this example I’ve processed the image as a black and white exposure, but I’ve also added a couple of colored graduated filters to it to give the image depth and drama. But these filters aren’t arbitrary. I added a light pink to the sky and a blue to the ground because this is what I saw just before the sun dipped behind the hills in front of me, robbing it of the last bit of vibrancy.

In a mere few seconds, the landscape can be transformed from a near monochrome into a bouquet of colors, and while the color is amazing to behold, so is that low contrast build up to the new day.

In a future post I’ll write is greater detail about the process of taking the morning and night shots of this splendid mountain, so stay tuned!