Birling Gap

Sheer Drop

Sheer Drop

Taken by Bren Ryan - Final Image

Taken by Bren Ryan – Final Image

 

The above photograph was taken at Birling Gap in East Sussex, and was shot just by the houses that are very close to the cliffs edge.

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SOOC

As you can see from the SOOC photo, there is a fence post that is rather distracting and a piece of fencing that just doesn’t seem to belong there.. so I knew I had to use Photoshop to remove those parts.  But first in Lightroom, I did my basic edits.. Camera Calibration, Lens Profile and Chromatic Aberration.  I know I didn’t want to do too much to the photo before it went into Photoshop because most of my editing would be carried out later on.

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Photo Sent to Lightroom

Once I did those I went to the Basic Panel played with the White Balance, Shadows, Highlights, Exposure, Clarity, Vibrance, Contrast and Saturation Sliders.  My next task was to add some Sharpening, Masking and Noise Reduction in the Details Panel.  Then it was off to Photoshop to remove that post and fence.

Once I was in Photoshop, I duplicated the layer and using the Patch Tool and working in little sections I removed the post and fence.

4957 - Layers PanelMy next task was to add a curves layer, using Lumenzia for luminosity masking I only allowed my curves layer to affect the cliffs.  Again I used a Luminosity Mask to add a Photo Filter.  However on that mask I lowered the density of the mask to about 86%.

Again using Lumenzia I added some sharpening and used a radius of 3.0.  And that was it for Photoshop.. I had achieved as much as I had wanted so back into Lightroom, to do my more profound editing of the photo.

Originally I was going to use a Black and White Preset by Serge Ramelli… which was called Experimental: B&W Many Lights.  But there were far too many lights for my liking so what I did was copied the settings of that Preset minus the Radial Filters and Pasted them into my Photo. I then changed it from B&W to Colour.

Local Adjustments was added to the Sky to using the Temperature Slider and I added new brushes to the cliffs where I increased the Shadows and Exposure slightly.  I played around with the little bit of see using the Local Adjustment Brushes and finally I added a Graduated Filter to the outside of the photo using a cream colour.

In the Details Panel I added some more Sharpening, Masking and Noise Reduction.  My final edit was to add a small Vignette in the Effects Panel.

I wanted to create a HDR’ish type of photo only using a single image… and I think I did achieve that.  And here is the Final Image set in a Photo-Frame.

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Posted by Bren in Before and After, Landscape, Photography, 2 comments
Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 28 – Glorious

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 28 – Glorious

Hugh’s weekly Photo Challenge this week is all about ‘Glorious’.  Glorious can mean visual or sound… and I have picked two photos for this challenge.  The first being of wildflowers standing proud in the countryside on a glorious summer day when there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

The second one was remembering sitting on a deck chair listening to the waves crashing in on the shoreline of Monterey Bay.

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Taken by Ashley Ryan

The above photo I produced in ON1 Effects and I wanted to create an old postcard looking feel to the photo.

Posted by Bren in Floral, Photography, Photography Challenge, Seascape, 4 comments
Weekly Photo Challenge – Spare

Weekly Photo Challenge – Spare

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

Spare is the theme topic for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.. and for this topic I picked this bird as he sat on the railing by the cafe at Birling Gap wondering if anybody would spare him some food.

Posted by Bren in Animals, Monochrome, Photography, Photography Challenge, Wildlife, 3 comments
Precarious

Precarious

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

 

On our trip to Birling Gap, we both commented on how long will it be before those houses are no longer there.  Because a couple of days before our trip there had been a rock-slide a couple of days earlier.  And we only realised this when we came home and I googled Birling Gap.

To think when the tide is out you can walk that length of beach is pretty scary. Coastal erosion is happening faster than we have ever envisaged and it can definitely be very dangerous…

I did manage to struggle down the steps to take that photo of those houses that are in a precarious position, but I was having great difficulty in walking on those pebbles. So I didn’t venture too far. Once we were back up to the top of the cliff.. hubby did go wandering along the cliffs.. and by the look of some of his photos he was very near the edge… my god I would have had a heart-attack, if I’d been with him.

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

 

Those little black dots you see.. are not dust-spots, they little black bugs that were flying around at the time (so he said).

Posted by Bren in Monochrome, Photography, Seascape, 2 comments
Birling Gap – One Photo – Two Takes

Birling Gap – One Photo – Two Takes

One thing I do like doing with my processing at times, is to take one photograph and give it two different looks… normally I do a colour version and a monochrome version.  However, whilst wearing my experimental cap, I thought I would do both in colour.

My first one I have called Cold Blue Sea….

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

 

For my second processing technique… I decided to use warm tones and create more of a sunset feel to the photograph.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

 

I like both images but the Cold Blue Sea image is the one that I am finding more attracted to… whether it is because it is totally different to how I normally process my images… or it is just the colour tones of the blues, I don’t know…

To me processing is a vital part of photography… and the part that I enjoy the most.  I love visiting places and capturing beautiful landscapes etc, but the processing side and learning new software really appeals to me.

Posted by Bren in Photography, Seascape, 0 comments
By the roadside

By the roadside

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

 

Just by the car park at Birling Gap, is the main road… which is lined with these beautiful delicate wild flowers…

Posted by Bren in Floral, Monochrome, Photography, 2 comments
Stranger on the Shore

Stranger on the Shore

Seven Sisters -IMG_4905-Final Image

Taken by Bren Ryan – Final Image

 

On Friday we went to Seven Sister and Birling Gap in East Sussex… I have to say the drive down there was beautiful as we headed through the Kent and East Sussex countryside… and the views from Birling Gap are astounding.

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Seven Sisters – SOOC – Taken by Bren Ryan

For the above image I wanted to create a dark image… with a lot of clarity and just a hint of saturation.  But my problem was with the sky.. firstly there was too much of it… so I did a few adjustments in Lightroom, basically in the Basic Panel.  And I cropped the image for a more pleasing composition.

After I did my crop I levelled  the photograph to make the horizon of the sea straight, using the Angle Slider in the Crop and Straighten Tool.  I also added a Landscape Profile in the Camera Calibration Panel.

4905 - Layers PanelMy next task was to export the photo to Photoshop, because I didn’t like the sky… I wanted to add some clouds… so I used one of my cloud overlays for the sky… masking the area where I wanted to add the clouds.

Once I was happy with that I played around with the Levels by using a Levels Adjustment Layer.  I then decided to add a Colour Lookup Adjustment Layer using a  3DLUT File Seven Sisters – SOOC IMG_4905 called Crisp-Warm.look.

After that I added two Photoshop Actions by Serge Ramelli called Bonus Portraits Warm Beauty and Bonus Portraits Selective Colour.

Taken by Bren Ryan - After Photoshop Edits

Taken by Bren Ryan – After Photoshop Edits

Once I was happy with my image, I saved my image and it was automatically re-imported back into Lightroom.

One I was back into Lightroom, I added a Preset by Serge Ramelli called Tone:Bleak Mountains.  When I use another person’s Preset, I do like to make minor changes to it… as I only use their Preset as a starting point.

So in this particular Preset, I added a few Local Adjustments using the Brush Tool to increase the Exposure and Clarity in certain areas of the photograph.  After that I then played around with the Tint, Temperature and Saturation in the Basic Panel.  And that was it… other than that I did no more adjustments in Lightroom.

 

Seven Sisters -IMG_4905-Final Image

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Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

 

Yesterday the other half of RyanPhotography had a day off work… so we decided to go for a run out… we wanted somewhere where I didn’t have to walk too far and I could do most of my photography from in and around the car.. so we decided to go down to Birling Gap in East Sussex.

It was beautiful… the sun was shining and the summer warmth made it a glorious day.  The above photograph was of the seven sisters and I liked it so much I decided to put it in a photo frame just to see what it would look like.

Photo Frame - Seven Sisters

Whilst I sat in the car just enjoying the views he decided to have a ramble along the cliff edge… and photographed these lovely looking flowers.

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

 

My only mistake of yesterday was I tried to walk down onto the beach… eventually I managed the stairs down.. but trying to walk on those pebbles… well that was a no-no… so pebble beach walking is definitely out for me. 😀 😀

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