Swanning around on my own

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

Today I wanted to create a soft looking feel to this photograph, which was taken at Leybourne Lakes in Snodland, Kent.  It is an ideal place for the kids to run around, there is an adventure playground, and of course plenty of dogs on their daily walks, with some even swimming in the lake.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

My first job was to crop the picture to make a more pleasing composition. In the ‘Basic Panel’ I increased the exposure, lowered the contrast, brought down the highlights and shadows.  I lowered my Whites and blacks. and decreased the clarity.

This gave me the soft feel to the photograph, however there were some ripples that gave faint black lines… so to remove them I used the ‘Spot Removal Tool’.  After that I added a couple of ‘Radial Filters’ to the image, one to increase the exposure of the swan and the other to give a vignette feel.  I then converted the image to black and white by selecting B&W in the ‘HSL/Color/B&W panel’.  After that I then played around with the colour sliders in the B&W part of the panel until I got what I liked.  I then did some sharpening in ‘Details panel’ just to highlight the edge of the swan, I then did some noise reduction and added a small vignette in the ‘Effects panel’.  Other than that I did no more editing on this photo and I like the soft looking feel.  You can download my B&W Soft Preset by clicking here.


Posted by Bren

I am an amateur photographer, blogger and digital artist as well as being the female half of RyanPhotography. We both have a keen interest in landscape and floral photography. And we live in Kent, also known as the Garden of England, in the United Kingdom. We both have a desire to travel and hopefully one day move to somewhere where it is picturesque and a photographer's delight.


Love the softened look and those reflections are amazing. 🙂

Thank you Olga.. we were quite lucky that day that their was hardly a ripple in the water, only where that swan was gliding through.

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