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Working with DXO FilmPack 5

In order to bring new features into my photography, so I was looking at a friends site, and I noticed that he really added more vibrance and tone to his images by using different filters by using a program called DXO FilmPack 5. Below, you will be able so see some images that are featured on his website

   © Gabriel Civita Ramirez

 © Gabriel Civita Ramirez

   © Gabriel Civita Ramirez

 © Gabriel Civita Ramirez

As you can see from the images, the Fuji Neopan filter has added a lot of contrast to both of these images. Not only a lot of contrast, but it has given a lot of room for certain aspects of each image to stand out and make them unique. Below you will be able to see the images, respectively before the filter was applied. The difference is truly captivating, and I want to apply these methods to my images. 

  © Gabriel Civita Ramirez

© Gabriel Civita Ramirez

  © Gabriel Civita Ramirez

© Gabriel Civita Ramirez

As you can see from the images above, there is a strong difference in between the different types of filters that were applied. Even thought these images aren't exactly the same (composition) as the ones above, with the Fujifilm Neopan filter, we are still able to see the difference that a filter can make in an image. I believe that in order to be a very successful photographer, your audience must be able to recognise your images, however it may be. The images above have a Fujifilm Superia filter, and it really adds more colour to the image, making it very vibrant. For this specific artist, his images are easily recognisable to me, not only for their beautiful composition, but because Gabriel always adds these filters to his images, making his series captivating. In order to learn from Gabriel, I still need to find my signature move in photography. So I decided to start off by experimenting with DXO FilmPack 5. Below, you will be able to see some of the images where I applied specific filters. 

  © Henrique Montesanti

© Henrique Montesanti

Above, you can see a picture that is featured in the "Largo Madreperola" album featured in the miscellaneous tab. Personally, I really like this image, I took it while enjoying a weekend at the beach with some family friends. It was the perfect experience to work with action photography in the ocean, and when I was editing the images, I decided to see how the different filters from DXO FilmPack is able to express different messages to each image. Below, you will be able to see two filters that I liked when experimenting with the program. 

  © Henrique Montesanti

© Henrique Montesanti

  © Henrique Montesanti

© Henrique Montesanti

As you can see from the images above, there is a clear difference in between both of the filters applied. I wanted to try two distinct filters in order to convey different messages with each image. We can see from the first image, (left), that it has a strong vignette, and very cold colours. It  looks like the picture wasn't exposed for very long, and would need adjustments. But I believe that in order to apply the filters, and compare them well, you can adjust the lighting after the filter, you need to make sure that the light is constant for both images so they can be compared. The second image, doesn't have this strong vignette, and is instead very saturated. You can see that it features part of the images that the other filter removed, like the sky, and the subject, by making him more visible. I still believe that the image is still under-exposed, but as we can see from the original image, the lighting looks very balanced. 

After comparing the images, I think that I still need to further explore this program, but for this particular image, I didn't find a filter that fully expresses my image the way I want to. I think that this image is very powerful and transports the audience to the moment that it was taken. In order to do so, I believe that the filter must have a significance to me rather than for aesthetic purposes. 

Henrique Montesanti