On the trail of the lonesome pine..
One of the places that is close to us that we have visited twice is Ightham Mote, near Sevenoaks in Kent.
Ightham Mote is owned and maintained by the National Trust and it is a lovely place to visit. The Mote surrounds the House and within the Court Yard is the Dog’s Kennel that was made for a St Bernard.
Each time we have visited we have found new areas to visit.. but each time we still have to walk around the House.. it is enchanting, and within the grounds there are plenty of places for children to run around and play and the main lawn is an ideal place for having a family picnic.
The picture on the left is the original picture without any processing. I wanted to change the wicker.. I wanted the wicker part of the chair to be black and white whilst keeping the original colour of the cone, whilst enhancing the detail.
To achieve the colour, I lowered the Highlights to -98 and raised the Shadows to +100 (processing carried out in in Lightroom 4). I then raised the whites till I was happy and lowered the blacks until I got the desired effect and a composition I was happy with.
To remove the colouring from the seat, I masked out the area of the seat carefully, making sure I didn’t include any of the cone, and lowered the saturation until it turned to Monochrome. I also lowered the clarity slightly and added a vignette to darken the outer edges.
Normally I like to darken the edges of a photography but on this photo, I then lowered the clarity more and added a lightened vignette.
Sometimes a simple object like a pine cone sitting on a chair, can become a photographic subject.