Last summer our holiday took us to the Highlands in Scotland. Staying in Glencoe we headed out each day to photograph the wonderful scenery and spectacular mountains. On this particular day we headed to Mallaig, a fishing port on the coast of Scotland.
As we drove along the A830 there was a lay-by with people at the ready with their cameras on tripods. Little did we know they were waiting for the steam train that crosses the viaduct heading towards Mallaig.
We pulled into the lay-by just in time to see the steam train head over the bridge. Unfortunately for us we didn’t have our zoom lenses on our cameras but you can just see the steam from the train as it headed through the mountains.
Start out image of a bridge to Mallaig
Above is the first image I started with after adding a Preset in Lightroom called ‘Dramatic Sky’. What I love about this particular Preset is the intensity of colour it adds to they sky. And as this image had a dull, flat grey sky, this Preset enhanced the clouds.
Powder Paint Effect
Again I wanted to create a Powder Paint Effect so I took the image to Photoshop and created my usual Powder Paint Effect before importing my image back into Lightroom.
Even though I liked the Powder Paint Effect created in Photoshop, I wanted to add some enhancements to the image. The first image in this post (final image) was created by adding the Dramatic Sky Preset again to the image. This Preset did make some of the elements too dark. So the counteract this I lowered the levels of some of the adjustments. But I kept the emphasis of the light on the bridge and colours of the clouds.
Not content with just creating one image, I had to try another Preset I created called ‘Deep and Moody – Landscape’ on my image.
Applying the ‘Dark and Moody Landscape’ Preset made the colours of the image compliment each other. Especially on the bridge. This Preset kept the intensity of the sky, whilst giving the image a neutral background.
With two days left before my new hip, I can’t wait to get back to normal and go out and about with my camera. Roll on the end of the recuperation period. When hopefully I will feel like a new woman and be able to get back out there in the beautiful countryside of Kent.