It won’t be long before Easter is here in the UK and already I am planning on spending some time out with my camera. Anyway, over the weekend I was looking at some photographs we took ages ago and thinking of places I would like to revisit, when I came across this Arch photograph taken at Great Dixter House and Gardens in East Sussex.
Apart from the drive to Great Dixter being very scenic, I really want to go back and capture those wonderful tulip displays they have.
The last time we visited the flower beds were full to the brim with tulips of different colours and varieties. I couldn’t believe how beautiful those flower beds looked. And of course I am hoping that they are there this Easter when we plan to visit again.
When processing this image, I decided to do a monochrome version. Keeping with the Powder Paint Effect I knew in my monochrome version of this arch that I wanted to soften the image slightly. I had in Lightroom played around with the detail panel giving the image a more sharpened feel to the brickwork and added a few radial filters to highlight certain objects. But once in Photoshop I wanted to add a texture to the background of the image which I did in the coloured version. And I liked when I re-imported this image back into Lightroom how that texture gave a soften and old-looking feel to the image.
It was within Photoshop that I used the Camera Raw Filter to transform the image. I needed to level the steps and crop the path out of the image. Normally in Photoshop and Lightroom when straightening the perspective of an image I used the Auto selection in the Transform Panels. But in this image I used the guided option. Using two sides of the arch (the one nearest the wall and the wall to the left of the image as well as the steps for my guides.
The reason for using Photoshop to level and straighten my image was purely because I was adding a Powder Paint Effect. I wanted to see what the effect was like with the clipping masks I used for this image.
Anyway here is hoping to a sunny and warm Easter so we can all get out and about with our cameras.
Until next time … take care and happy snapping!!!