31 Dec One Photograph, four versions

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I recently wrote an article on my post processing workflow for Fuji X-Trans RAW files in Adobe Lightroom and NIK Color Efex Pro 4.

The article triggered some strong debates on the question of wether significant post-processing results in an image that is effectively a ‘lie’ – The image presented varies significantly, not only from the image captured by the cameras sensor but from the view that the photographer witnessed.

I have re-visited the shot of the road in Iceland and have presented four interpretations of the RAW file to demonstrate how one scene can be interpreted in post processing.


I was on a once in a life time (hopefully not!) vacation to Iceland. I had arrived in the town of Hofn the night before and hadn’t had the opportunity to explore the local area. I got up before dawn and headed out in the dark along Route 1

After a few miles I came across an interesting shoreline and distant hills and found a place to park my car at the side of the road.

I am always tempted in these situations to try and grab as many compositions as possible in the narrow window of time. I initially focused on the reflection of the mountains across the water as the sun came up behind the hills. The image below was captured on my mobile phone as I took a long exposure with my Fuji X-T1

Sunrise near Hofn, Iceland

As I was packing up and heading back to my car I thought to…

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