Heather & Horses

History

It was two summers ago that I was a beta-tester for the Rebecca Lily Pro pack III. These are excellent presets you can use on your photos to give them a specific look and to process to your liking after applying. I had used other presets but was very excited about these and wanted to shoot some new work specifically for these. What better place to visit De Kampina for this? De Kampina is a national reserve not far from where I live, and is a very special place because of it's various sorts of landscapes. It has some large woodlands, fens, fields with high grass and in the late summer it has heather fields stretching as far as the eye can see. Many told me this place reminds them of the savannas in Africa.

One of those Days

And I got lucky. This time was different, it was one of those days.. I got the right light, right weather and as a bonus I bumped into the wild Icelandic horses who graze here. Perfect conditions to test Rebecca's presets.

 
 

Present

The new Rebecca Lily Pro pack IV came out a few months ago and I wanted to try my luck and visit the Kampina to shoot some new work to test the new presets, just like I did with Pro pack III. I have been using pack IIIon a lot of my photos and I have been visiting De Kampina over and over again since that shoot with all kind of conditions from the hottest day in summer to the coldest brumous days and it really has become my 'photographic home'. So what better photos to use than a photoshoot with wild Icelandic horses (or cows) in the middle of blooming, purple heather.. Wíth great morning light.

So even better than two years ago.. what are the chances? Right?

I got so lucky, or was it persistence?
 
 
 

Purple heather

 
 

Lily presets

So how about those presets? Well.. like the former presets by Rebecca these are excellent! They are subtle but strong and I love the look they give my work. Pack IV has some really great B&W presets and I already have some favorite colour presets, and I can't wait to use it on my recent work.

From Rebecca Patience :"Pro Set IV for Lightroom 5/6/CC and ACR 8/9 is an evolution in digital editing, with professionally handcrafted color renditions including film-inspired pastels, soft desert hues, bold black & whites and vintage modern tones. Expertly fine tuned controls make pro-level color grading easy and attainable: spend less time tweaking, and more time doing what you love. Photographers who shoot both film and digital will also find this product a wonderful complement to the looks they’re able to achieve with film." - more on the website

 
 
 
 
 

Feel the Forest

"We should feel the forest rather than see it..

I wonder if the way you can best feel nature is just to hint at enough reality and let the rest of it go and leave it to your imagination.. In other words, keep our general background styles simple and not very graphic. We're thriving for a certain balance.

Our picture as a whole doesn't give over to nature but it weaves."

// Perce Pearce - story director of Bambi

 
 

Beauty, Beech & Beach at Mons Klint

The big final: Møns Klint (the Cliffs of Møn).

Before you reach the cliffs you have to go through the beautiful forest of Klinteskoven, a woodland that reaches right until the end of the cliffs. You can go by car on a beautiful gravel road or park the car and go by foot. I can really recommend this! The various paths will lead you through this beautiful forest. You’ll be surrounded by beautiful crooked beech trees which grow on the slopes surrounding you. You can find some of the oldest beech trees in Denmark at Timmesøbjerg, part of Klinteskoven. Some are over 400 years old.

Such a special and beautiful place..

At the end of this hike you’ll reach the long wooden stairs which will take you to the beach with a unique view on the white cliffs. During this walk you’ll enjoy a magnificent view over the cliffs and the turquoise ocean below. On the beach the white cliffs are a lovely contrast to the ocean and the blue skies above. The chalk cliffs make this quite narrow beach a unique place where your eyes and ears are treated to one of the finest places in Denmark. Enjoy this beautiful place, get some rest .. for the trip back up the largest stairs in Denmark.

 

The view on the Baltic sea

 
 

The forest of Klinteskoven

 
 

The cliffs of Mons Klint

 

Six hours in Copenhagen

When we were on the Isle of Mon we decided to go to Copenhagen for a day. It was only a short visit .. not even enough to get a taste of this beautiful city.. But I like what I've seen.

Such classic and minimalistic architecture, design, beautiful colours and nice people. 

Copenhagen we will return..



We also visited the Rundetårn (the round tower). I had seen some photos of this on my timeline and I really wanted to visit this beautiful tower. The tower itself, with it's beautiful light and textures is something you really should see.. but as a bonus at the top you'll have a panoramic view of the beautiful city. 

 

Nordic Minimalism

This summer we stayed on the Isle of Møn and I was very excited to visit Denmark for the first time. And it didn’t disappoint me.. I have always been attracted by Scandinavia. The climate, the people and especially the minimalism you see everywhere, even in the landscape. I could live there. It’s rough yet warm. Old-fashioned yet modern.

a place like nowhere else..

Once you see my interior Pinterest, you understand what I mean. Scandinavia is beautiful in every single way.

What a beautiful country, here is part one, "nordic minimalism".

 

Review: Mastin Labs presets

THERE'S NOTHING LIKE SHOOTING FILM

After selling the Hasselblad (which I shouldn't have), I’m still looking for a good moment to get a new one to continue the journey I took with my last one. I miss shooting film.

Shooting film really made me a better photographer, made me a better digital photographer. I use my camera very different since I've had the Hasselblad, because I have learned that shooting with intent, making choices before taking the shot, is quite fulfilling.

 

USING FILM PRESETS

I have been using (film) presets for a few years now. Most of the times I use them as a starting point and make my own presets with a few tweaks.

A lot of people have asked me if film presets can replace shooting actual film. I don’t think so. Digital can never have as much depth as film. And the process of film is different. Using a film camera is something special, you start to shoot with a different approach and you pay more attention to details and settings like exposure and composition during the shot. You have to get it right in camera and this makes you put more intent in your work.

And more intent is such a good thing in photography.

 

MASTIN LABS FILM PRESETS

Although film can’t be mimicked with a digital camera, the presets from Mastin Labs come pretty close. As a hybrid shooter, Kirk Mastin was looking for a way to combine his digital and analog work for assignments and weddings and got himself a Fuji Frontier scanner to be able to match his digital with his analog photography. Yes, you read this right, he got himself a Frontier.

Each of these presets is crafted by hand from this Fuji Frontier scans to emulate actual film that is still used today.

Film is timeless and beautifully subtle and Kirk worked hard to get his presets as close as possible. Honestly I didn’t think digital could look this much like analog. But these presets are close, very close. Which is not only convenient for the hybrid shooters but is a big plus for anyone in general who loves the look of film.

I always advise people to get a real film camera if they want their photos to look like analog or to experience shooting film. You really should. But when you prefer to use only digital or want to be able to match your film photography with your digital work, you should really consider getting these.

 

WHAT DOES MASTIN LABS OFFER?

Mastin Labs currently offers three packs: Fuji Pro, Kodak Portra and Ilfort B&W. Each pack gives you a few presets and some extra tools like tone profiles and grain and lens optimization to process the photo. The packs are designed to work with .raw files of Canon, Nikon and Fuji X-Series cameras. And although Sony isn’t officially mentioned, the version of Nikon files works great on the Sony .ARW files. This is because Nikon uses the same Sony sensors in their cameras.

 
 

Although Mastin Labs offer less presets in their packs in comparison with other presets they are worth every penny because Mastin Labs give you quality over quantity. While you might only use one or two out of 15 presets in any other preset pack, you definitely will use every preset in each of the packs made by Mastin. Less presets also make sure you get a consistent look of your work, just as it would shooting film. Less is more.  

Each package also contains 19 blog templates for use in Lightroom. These blog templates make it possible to not only get a consistent look on your work but also on your blog. I have been using the 35mm diptych forever and love how clean this looks on my website. You can also choose to make a template with 35mm 4x4 grid, 66 2x2 grid and many other options.

You can check out their Instagram and very active group on facebook to see some more examples and you can also watch some great tutorial videos by Kirk Mastin to learn more about processing with the presets.

 

CAN THESE BE USED FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY?

Sure! Kodak Portra, Fuji Pro and Ilfort were films used for everything in the past and the presets can be used on every genre of photography today. While Mastin Labs is being used a lot by wedding photographers, as you can see on their Instagram, they look good on street, portrait or landscape photography as well.

Here are some photos I have taken last month, processed with the Mastin Labs presets. I have used all three packs in these photos and all of these were processed with just a few clicks.


ALL IMAGES BELOW WERE TAKEN WITH THE FUJIFILM X-PRO2 +THE FUJINON 35MM F/2.0


 

And here are some from my recent visit to (a very rainy) Amsterdam. As you can see the Mastin presets work great on street photography as well. All the photos in my blog post Antwerp for photographers were also processed with Mastin Labs.

Don't hesitate when you have any questions about these presets, I'm happy to help out!