I don’t know about you, but I need sunlight to get me kicked out of the winter funk. Here in Maine, we’d had about a solid month of pure rain, until last week. When the temperatures finally picked up, it was time to get back outside and exploring.

Lately, I’d been hung up on how my final images were looking, but I couldn’t figure out why. They were looking crisper than ever, thanks to a new rig, but they felt cold. Sterile. In an effort to bring a bit more life to my shots, I jumped into Lightroom and got to tweaking.

After a few hours, I had reached a point where, for the first time in quite a while, I was happy. First and foremost, I was missing film grain. In my relentless quest for clarity, I was making my photos look SUPER digital. I was smoothing out any semblance of graininess, while aiming to only shoot at ISO 100. It was great for smooth images, but lacked emotion.

That, paired with some tweaks to the color profile the a7r ii kicks out, and I got to the shots above.

Have tweaks, suggestions, or thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

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