Allington Locks

Looking down the lock at Allington Locks near Maidstone

Allington Locks

A photograph of the River Medway taken at Allington Locks near Maidstone in Kent

It was so lovely to get out last Monday, even though I didn’t walk far.  However, I did send him off on an expedition down the locks at Allington, near Maidstone in Kent.  The landscape was barren and the trees were still bare but you could see the start of spring slowly appearing in the landscaped area.

The above photograph was taken looking towards the locks and you can see the boats moored on the river’s edge.  I can’t wait to be able to walk along the tow-path towards Maidstone especially now spring is in the air.

You can tell spring was in the air, with the sun shining and warm temperatures.  Just by the lock is a Beefeater Inn which serves hot and cold food as well as beverages and coffee.  The restaurant food is reasonably priced.  We have eaten there before and enjoyed our meals on each occasion.

Working on the Locks in Photoshop and Lightroom

Primarily, when I do my Powder Paint Effect I use Photoshop. And this photograph was no exception.  Once I have achieved the desired in Photoshop I always re-import my image back into Lightroom where I can apply Presets to the image.

Allington Locks

A photograph of the River Medway taken at Allington Locks near Maidstone in Kent

The above Preset created a blue-toned effect to the image.  Which I adore. Playing around with Presets in Lightroom is something I enjoy doing.  To make sure I don’t lose any work, I use the ‘Create Virtual Copy‘ option in Lightroom and work on each copy using a different Preset.

The other option I could use is create Snapshot.  However for me, the virtual copy method is the one I feel most comfortable with. I think this is simply because when in the Library Module and Grid View I can see my different images side by side.

Allington Locks

A photograph of the River Medway taken at Allington Locks near Maidstone in Kent

For my final Preset image I used a golden toned Preset and played around with the settings slightly.  Using Presets in Lightroom is not cheating at all.  It is a time saver.  Would you prefer to keep doing the same mundane things or use a Preset which cuts down your processing time?  I am all for spending more time with my camera than I am processing images.

Over the last few months, processing images and learning new techniques is all I’ve been able to manage.  But now I can finally get out and about, my priority lies with taking images and spending as little time as possible processing them.


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.


Thanks for showing us the best of presets.

You are welcome Helen xx

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