To create the above photograph, I started out in Lightroom. To the dahlia I cropped the image and then did a few minor edits to the image. Over-processing the image at this point was one thing I didn’t want to do, as I knew I would be giving it an Oil Paint Effect in Photoshop. Continue reading →
For my photography post today I bring you flowers on this cold winter’s morn. It is damp and dismal and very cold here in the South East of England, with temperatures expected to plummet even further over the next few days. Continue reading →
Well today is T Minus 1 for me… for tomorrow I finally get my new hip… whey hey… there will be no stopping me then.. and I can finally get back out there on my photography jaunts.. well after I have recuperated, that is. I can’t wait.. so today to take my mind off of being diced and sliced I thought I would play around with some photos and the plugins I have.
The above photograph of a dahlia was processed in Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik Color Efex and Topaz Impression 2.
I really should take a notebook and pen with us.. because I knew the above flower was from the Dahlia family but I couldn’t remember what variety… however thanks to Google I have found out it is called Dahlia Mystic Haze (‘Dark Side of the Sun’). This photograph was taken just after a rain shower… and I just love how the light caught the raindrops..
Lately my photography has taken me to photographing a lot of flowers… whether it is because I am now confined I don’t know.. but I am thoroughly enjoying my new passion of photographing such beautiful blooms and buds… especially those with such vibrant colours.
I just love playing around in Photoshop… and I am so pleased that Adobe decided to bring the Oil Paint Filter back… I do, however, have problems with my main PC and I can’t get this filter to work…. so I can only use it on my laptop… sometimes I wish I could sort out why that filter doesn’t work on my PC … I know it is a graphics card issue… and it keeps telling me to update drivers… which I have.. but to no avail. So if anyone knows the solution to this problem I would be grateful on hearing how it can be solved.
Anyway the above photograph was taken at Pashley Manor Gardens, and was edited in both Photoshop and Lightroom.. Filters in Photoshop, to me, give photos a whole new definition… and I love experimenting… especially with Oil Paint… I love the texture it gives to a photographs…
The above flower was also photographed at Pashley Manor Gardens in East Sussex..
Today I wanted to try something different… I wanted to turn a black and white photograph back into Colour…. I processed my black and white image mainly in Lightroom, however I did resort to Photoshop to remove a stem which was protruding through the main flower.
When I had finished creating my black and white image… I then pressed the Colour tab in the HSL/Color/BW panel … nothing happened at first because the Preset I used as a starting point in Lightroom, removed all the Saturation in the Basic Panel. So I just increased the Saturation until I got what I was looking for…just a hint of colour.
Well I finally managed to get out for a while… it was a bit painful… but I knew damn well I couldn’t sit in another weekend. So we took ourselves off to Lullingstone Castle, simply because it is not that large to walk around and parking is right by the entrance and most importantly there are plenty of places to sit down.
The photograph above was taken of the lake which is by the main house… and was created by using a 5-shot HDR image… Unfortunately due to the amount of clouds and their reflection… the colour version was rather busy and dazzling so I opted for a black and white photo with a cyan/mustard split toning effect.
I did manage to get to the World Gardens within Lullingstone Castle as I have to say… when we went there back in June 2014… the displays from the gardens were better… whether it was the time of year we went but the gardens seemed to be overgrown and green more than the vibrant colours we saw a couple of years ago.
There were some flowers… but not as many… and this dahlia was taken as you walk towards the ‘World Garden’ in a flowerbed the lines the shingle footpath.
There was some purple flowers within the gardens…
And I just couldn’t resist taking their photograph, due to the vibrancy of the purple and the white… and how each colour complimented the other. The flowers when in bud are a deeper colour and once they have fully bloomed their colours seem to fade slightly.
I sent the other half off to photograph what he could of the world gardens, whilst I sat on a bench to recuperate and to rest my hip before I had to walk back to the car. But I am glad I went out… even if I did ache for a while after…