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 →
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.
When we first started to do night photography, one of the very first places we visited was North Greenwich and we chose a location just by the river overlooking Canary Wharf. Hubby had worked in North Greenwich and could see the buildings as they gradually become illuminated as day turned into night. This shot was just as the sun was setting and the lights started to shine in the buildings…
The above image was created by stacking 5 different exposed shots and then aligning the images and by using stack mode of median, before processing in Lightroom.
Well the above is my second attempt at a silhouette photo. You see I have a Photoshop book that gives you projects to do.. and one of those projects was silhouettes..
I followed the books instructions of finding two photographs to use for the silhouette. My first photograph was on Canary Wharf in London. I was looking for a photograph where the buildings would stand out on bright sunset.
The image that I used for the sky came from a sunset taken at the New Forest in Hampshire and which can be downloaded in my Free Clouds Set Number 2
Once I had found my two images I loaded them as layers in Photoshop… next to follow the instructions of selecting all the sky … my book said use the magic wand but I just selected all the sky with the quick selection tool. Then I went to the Select Menu in Photoshop and clicked modify and selected expand. I change the figure to 1 px. Then I went back to the select menu and clicked modify and selected feather and used a setting of 0.5 px.
My instruction book told me to then use Control + Shift + I to inverse the selection and then create a new layer and select Edit and Fill it with black (Layer 1).. as you can see by the picture on the right it made the river black and as well as the buildings so instead of using that method I just used Control + C and then pasted my selection into my new layer mask (which is called Layer 3).
I then added a vibrance adjustment layer to the sky image, clipping it the sky layer and I did the same again for the exposure and hut/saturation layers. On the exposure layer I then masked out some of the exposure.
As I was only using the Layer three which was a copy and pasted selection of the buildings, I had to make the buildings go dark.. I used an exposure adjustment layer and then removed some of the darkness from water by using a layer mask.
I tried to darken the buildings by using a curves adjustment layer but again I didn’t like the effect it gave me.. so I opted to use a levels adjustment layer.
I then added a new layer and filled it with 50% grey and I set the layer blending style to Overlay. I then did some minor dodging and burning.
I then added a gradient filter using a deep blue and gold tone and applied it to the river area. I set the blending layer for this to soft light.
Once I was happy I imported my photo back into Lightroom, added a vignette and then added more yellow (using the temperature slider) to the whole image, the setting being +14
This is the first silhouette I have done… and it may not be perfect.. but it gave me an opportunity to really try something new in Photoshop.
The above photograph was taken at North Greenwich overlooking the River Thames towards Canary Wharf… and it was one of our very first night time photography shoots we did. At the moment I am battling a PMR Flare-up and finding it difficult to move yet alone hold a camera… so our photography outings are very, very limited.
Anyway tonight I am suffering one of my ‘can’t sleep’ nights due to hips and knees aching and as my hands are not too bad tonight I thought I would try and process a photograph.
This is the straight out of camera (SOOC) photograph without any processing which was shot in RAW format.
Lately on my last few photos I have been adding split-toning and I like this form of processing so applied it to the above image. The first thing I do when processing any photo now is once I am in the develop module in Lightroom I go to the Camera Calibration panel and select a profile. Once I have found one I like I then go to the Lens Corrections Panel and tick the ‘Enable Profile Corrections’, ‘Remove Chromatic Aberration’ and ‘Constrain Crop’ boxes. Then I will adjust the photograph perspective by normally clicking the ‘Auto’ button. But on the above photograph as the buildings were prominent I clicked the ‘Vertical’ button instead.
Then to the processing of the photograph… I added colour, lowered the highlights, increased the shadows, added some colour to the sky and then some dodging and burning…
The powers of Lightroom are phenomenal… and as the program is ‘non-destructive’ you can edit your photos to your hearts delight without having the fear of ruining your original photos.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good Day.”
Yes it was a good day… in fact my good day was actually two good nights of Night Photography… something we have been wanting to do for ages and never got around to. As the challenge is about using MESH a photo gallery site here is a selection of our night photography shots.
http://me.sh/2ctudmb (It seems the mesh is not available to wordpress self hosted blogs so I have added the photographs to gallery.
When we think about adding a vignette to a photograph, we always think about darkening the edges… like I did today on a photograph I posted to our earlier today, but then I thought about changing the vignette. You see I am a stickler for adding a small vignette to a photograph to draw you in… and it is 99% of the time a vignette that darkens the edges of a photograph.
Today I processed the above photo… and I wanted to add a grunge effect… add some noise to those buildings and create a whole new feel to the photograph… and as per usual.. I darkened the edges.
Adding paler whiter edges to a photograph sometimes just doesn’t cut it… and to be perfectly honest I am not a lover of it… but today I thought about giving it a go… and instead of the usual dark vignette, I added a light vignette and to be perfectly honest, I quite like the final image.
It may not work for every image… but sometimes it does… and perhaps in the future I will give this option more consideration. What do you think? Do you add a vignette to your pictures? Or are you one of these people that totally hates vignettes? Please feel free to let me know how you add final touches to your images to finish them off.
Last night (Saturday) was our second night photography trip. Our time for photography is limited at the moment which is more the pity, so the only real time we get is evening times on a Saturday evening. Anyway, we decided this week we would drive up to North Greenwich and photograph Canary Wharf.
Hubby used to work at North Greenwich and always admired how lit up Canary Wharf become in the evening… and again it was one of those locations we wished we had photographed in the past… but never had the confidence to do.
I haven’t been to North Greenwich since the Tall Ships was docked there back back in September 2014 and boy has it changed there is a driving range now along side the river. Anyway we found our spot just opposite Canary Wharf and waited for the sun to go down..
And those lights were beautiful… as the darkness descended the those grey looking buildings turned into a light spectacular. As you looked down the river towards Greenwich, in the Observatory location, you could see the Meridian Laser in its full glory. Hubby captured it in its full glory.
Just as we were packing up and heading back towards the car… I took this photograph using our 10-18mm Canon lens… of Canary Wharf and the river.
Even though the above picture had a long exposure, to get the sheen on the water… I used a trick I picked up from Anthony Fields… in this video, who apparently got it from Ole Henrik Skjelstad and can be seen from 20 mins 15 secs. And the trick is to make the water have a sheen….
- Use Adjustment Brush
- Clarity set to -100
- Noise set to +100
- Flow and Density set to 100
- Auto mask set (by ticking the box)
- And then paint the water…. don’t worry about the feather and to see the area you have painted click O to show the masked area.