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Introducing Alpine for Capture One

A few weeks ago when I launched Alpine for Lightroom, a few people wrote to me asking for a Capture One version. After some work and experimentation, I’m happy to announce that I now have a version of Alpine for Capture One. It’s not exactly the same as the Lightroom version due to the differences in how the software works, but it’s broadly similar. 

So what is Alpine? In a nutshell, Alpine for Capture One is a set of “Styles” that is designed to give your RAW images a stylised look. The idea for Alpine was to work with images of forests and mountains, to give the “woodsman” style of effect that is popular certain outdoor magazines. The styles generally work by enhancing the greens and browns in an image and are best suited to photos which contain a lot of these tones. Alpine is also designed to work best with lower contrast images, typically shot on misty or overcast days, although there are also some styles that will be better on sunnier, high contrast images too.

Porting these from Lightroom to Capture One was initially a little more difficult than I was expecting. The reason for this is that some adjustments, while they might have the same names, and broadly do the same thing, actually behave quite differently in different software. The other problem I have is that the starting point for different cameras in Capture One is much more variable than it is in Lightroom.

After a considerable amount of trial and error and tweaking various settings I managed to come up with a set that I was happy with, and captures the essence of the original idea behind Alpine. The Capture One version actually includes a few additional looks that weren’t in the originalLightroom version too, and overall, I think it’s a good package. While it is designed for a fairly narrow set of subjects, the styles should give you a pretty good starting point. 

Alpine for Capture One is available now. the regular price is €10 but for the first two weeks, it will be on sale for just €8 (until July 8th). To learn more about Alpine for Capture One, and to see some samples of the product in action, check out the product pages. This is my second set of Capture One presets, with the first being “Silver Lux”. 

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Behind the scenes of “Alpine”: QuickLux 2 in Action

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I recently posted a short photo essay over on my Photo Journal about some of the lovely images you can get when it’s a dull overcast day. Here’s a short excerpt from what I wrote:

Where I live, we’re sort of in the foothills of the Dublin mountains, and during the summer, sometimes we get a kind of misty cloudy rain, that has a real mountain like feel to it. It reminds me of so many episodes of the X-Files which took place in forest settings of Canada, and it has a real frontier feel to it, even though we’re still just in a superb of the city. I always think of it as “Alpine” weather, even though this is probably just a name I’ve given it myself.

To create the look for this I used my QuickLux 2 Lightroom presets. In fact, it was for this very style of shot that I created some of the presets in QuickLux 2. I shot these set of images with a Sony A6000, and processed them in Lightroom.

The first step was to import them with my A6000 import preset (Available Here). I use this preset to get a better starting point. Once I’d rated and sorted my images I went through them and started applying the presets. Here are a few examples from the photo essay.

Bridge

In this example of a bridge over a stream, I used QNeg-Basic02 from QuickLux 2. Once I applied that, I then tweaked the Dehaze amount using the +DH25 preset that also comes with the set.

Bridge Before - from Alpine - with QuickLux 2Bridge After - Alpine

Before | After

Old Gateway

For this shot I used QTrans-Basic 04 for the shot. That’s pretty much all I did to it. You can see the before and after result below.

Before | After

Walker Sign

For this shot I used QTrans-Basic05 from QuickLux 2. Again, that was all I did to the shot in Lightroom.

Before | After

Old Log

For this shot I went with QNeg-Basic 02. I like this preset as it has the blacks raised a little. I did some additional exposure compensation for this shot.

Before | After


 

Quick LUX 2 Lightroom Presets
QuickLux 2 for Lightroom

These are just a few examples of how I processed the images from this shoot. You can see the full project here, and to learn more about QuickLux 2 visit the product pages here in the store.