One of the main advantages of living in the South East of England is the easy access to London. Mind you, the drive during rush-hour is another thing and every day my hubby complains about the traffic that is on the A2. So we don’t get to visit London as must as I would like. Continue reading →
As many of you have gathered I am well and truly into this Powder Paint Effect. What I love about it.. is the simplicity of the processing and now I have figured away with using this in Lightroom; which is cutting down my processing workflow a little. With only 10 days to go.. until Op Day.. I thought I would play around with a photograph from Eltham Court Palace.
On one of our days in Scotland last year… we drove to Loch Ness… and visited Urquhart Castle which is situated on the edge of the Loch… It was beautiful there.. and the scenery of Loch Ness is breath-taking.
As you stroll around the grounds of Sheffield Park Gardens, in the distance is this Manor House.. unfortunately you can’t enter the house or the grounds and it is set in picturesque landscaped gardens sitting on a hillside overlooking the lake…
I’ve been playing around with this image for the last couple of days… There was light coming from the rear of the castle which shone through the arches but the sky was bland… just one measly little cloud on the right-hand side of the photograph. So I knew I wanted to do something with the sky and decided to replace that sky from Serge Ramelli with another I have in my collection of skies
Yesterday in my post about the moat at Eltham Palace Gardens, I mentioned a bridge that spans the moat which you have to cross before gaining entry into the Palace and Grounds.
You can walk around the entire moat with its two-sided water feature and two-sided landscaped gardens.. When we were there on this particular day… the Canadian Geese were putting on a right display of squabbling… and it was quite funny to watch.
This above photograph is shot from the other side of the bridge.. and I just love the colour of the stonework and the arches.
It was very hard to capture the bridge and some people-removing was carried out in Photoshop.. that bridge has a lot of people standing there looking down on the moat.. and I had to wait until the majority of them moved before taking the shot… To be honest I never thought some of them were ever-moving.. and it took a lot of patience standing there waiting for the minimal amount of people on that bridge. 😀 😀
Well not a lot has changed in the hip department… so going out and finding new locations to photograph has taken the back burner for the time being. However, I have been asked to do another tutorial for Topaz Labs which I will be doing in the near future.. and what with Christmas fast approaching … and my processing time somewhat reduced I did manage to do a rework of a photo of the palace which I took at Eltham Palace Gardens in London back in June 2013.
Playing around again this morning… and I wanted to create a dark and moody photograph.. I did do an earlier version of this photograph primarily in Photoshop and posted it to Social Media… but I didn’t like it so I decided to see if I could replicate the photograph just by using Lightroom. And this is where Lightroom’s new feature of Reference View came into play. As I normally use Lightroom initially to process my photographs.. my Photoshop Edit was automatically imported back into Lightroom and that is what I used as my reference image.. And I have to say I do prefer the Lightroom edit..
I do have a tendency to go for this style of image editing… I like the Dark and Moody look in my photographs… I know it is not everyone’s cup of tea.. but for me no matter what other style I try to use.. I get drawn back to this Dark and Moody look… and to be honest I feel more in my comfort zone creating this type of imagery.
Do you know what I can’t believe it has been over 18 months since we went to America… and on our very first stop on our tour was the lovely city of San Francisco… and the most beautiful, tranquil and inspiring place I visited there has to be the Palace of Fine Arts… I would go to San Francisco again tomorrow if I had the chance and visit this beautiful architecture.
On our first full day in San Francisco the morning was occupied by a guided tour of the city… My heart skipped a beat when I saw the cable cars and Crooked Street.. the scenery, was beautiful and the above photograph was taken whilst on that guided tour.
From the Palace of Fine Arts out coach tour took us across the Golden Gate Bridge, to a viewpoint… overlooking the bridge and the bay… the mist was rolling in thick and fast… and we were told this was quite normal during the day… especially in the summer months..
In the afternoon our guided tour took us to Alcatraz… I was glad I went to Alacatraz even though the boat ridge was a bit rough… but Alcatraz left me with a cold feeling.. especially when you saw how cramped the cells were and how they were stacked high upon each other… it was dark and dismal and cold. Our guide told us that the smells of the city, especially food smells would waft across the bay… as memory to the prisoners of what they were missing.
The following day… was a free day and I had to return to the Palace of Fine Arts… it was a place I just wanted to explore.. even though we saw a lot of tourist places yesterday in San Francisco .. it was rather a whistle-stop tour and there wasn’t a lot of time to explore the sights. And the Palace of Fine Arts was on my revisit list as well as a ride on a cable car.
The Palace of Fine Arts holds special memories for me… and I would jump at the chance to revisit San Francisco.. and to revisit this marvellous architecture.
Now if my lottery numbers came up I would definitely buy one of those houses because I could spend forever and a day looking at this beautiful place… a place that is held dear to my heart. I think the song is quite true you know… when they sing ‘I left my heart in San Francisco’ because I believe a little bit of my heart is there just longing for me to return.
Have you ever taken a photograph and wished you could have got closer to the subject? Or you wish that you could crop the image without losing the original size of the image? Well here is a quick tip for Lightroom Users..
With regards to the above image.. I scaled my image to 125 played around with the x and y sliders until I achieved the look I was looking for… and by doing this I kept the original dimensions of my photograph. Whereas if I had cropped the image to get the composition I wanted it would have decreased my image size, from 5472 x 3648 pixels to 4621 x 3080 pixels.
As you can see from the original photograph… there were elements I didn’t want to keep, as I didn’t want the viewer to be distracted by all the greenery and I wanted this image to focus primarily on the Bridge and Gate House.
I hope this little tip helps you out… try scaling your image before using the crop tool.. and that will hopefully keep your image as close as it can be to the original image size… very helpful if you have to upload to certain sites… like 500px.