This is what I took
80mm – 200mm
1×4 Tele converter
As my access was restricted, I had to work hard in finding locations with good vantage points, but I still came up with a few images that I am pleased with, but wish I could have had access to the pit in the main arena.
I used the wide angle a fair amount which created some different images than I normally would take, but the main lens used was the 80mm – 200. Although the TC gave me more reach, I lost a stop of light and when it was raining and really overcast on Saturday I then had to increase the ISO to ensure I could keep my shutter speed above 1/1000 and I like to keep the ISO at ISO 200. What I really needed when access was restricted is a F/2.8 l300mm lens, but my funds don’t currently stretch that far.
My current post processing workflow in Lightroom is this.
I import my RAW images into Lightroom, where I adjust the highlights and shadow sliders, and increase the clarity. I also do some initial sharpening in Lightroom and usually batch this to all images. As a general rule of thumb, I find that by adding +18 to the shadows and +14 to the blacks works well, clarity I add +6 or +8. Sharpening wise my detail is set to around 38% Radius is set at 1.6, Masking depends on the image, but between 60% & 80%.
My current post processing workflow in Photoshop is this
I create a layer of the original image, then go to curves, click options and snap to midtones, I can usually get my White Balance right using this method and I can use the opacity slider to tweak to taste. I use a Plugin by Nik Software called Nik effects, I mainly use the following presets, darken and lighten centre, Brilliance & Warmth, I sometimes use the Tonal contrast 30%. There are various other presets I use now and then, but the above are the main three I use. I then sharpen and save for web.
I have attached a before processing image and after for comparison.
Overall view of Hickstead, some great iconic jumps, but without good acess its difficult to photograph.
Any questions let me know.