Lately I have found myself using Instagram a lot more to showcase our photographs. Using the Lightroom plugin you can easily export your images to this social network along with the image Title, Caption and Keywords. Continue reading →
One of my favourite animals are the New Forest Ponies… I just love watching them as they roam around the New Forest…. they are so peaceful to watch and friendly. As we sat by Hatchet Pond this pony just wandered into the pond to have a drink.
Taken at West Green Gardens in Hampshire, back in July 2014.
In my previous post, I spoke about photo-stacking, and how easy I found it. As I am a purchaser of Photomatix 5 HDR software, I wondered what would happen if I took those same 14 photographs and used the Photomatix programme and created a HDR Image.
So I went to Lightroom and exported them to Photomatix. Photomatix then picked up on the fact that some of these photographs had the same exposure value, and it gave me a lovely option of altering the exposure value automatically, which I selected as a 1/3 stop.
Then I let Photomatix do its magic and selected a black and white preset. I then reimported the picture back to Lightroom and did some minor adjustments, Here is the final version without the Topaz filter.
And just for comparison sake, I then edited the photo with the same Topaz settings.
Out of the two methods, photo-stacking or using Photomatix, I do have to say I prefer the Photomatix way of doing things, and I found that the grunge effect used in this particular image was more profound.
We are members of the National Trust and have visited many places within the South East of England, but one of our favourite places that we visited, which was further afield, was Mottisfont, in Hampshire. The house, the grounds and the gardens are breathtaking… and there is nothing like walking along the River Test that runs through the grounds.
This photography was taken just on the other side of the river looking back towards the stately home.
For the past couple of days I have been going through our photographs that we took when we visited the New Forest back in July 2014, and one of my treasured memories of that visit, was us sitting on the hillside watching a golden sunset.
It was warm, it was cosy and by God did it make you feel glad to be alive.
Back in July last year we decided to take ourselves off to the New Forest…. a place we love and to be honest it wouldn’t take either of us five minutes to move there. I can remember going to the New Forest many a time and crossing a little stone bridge and walking along a quaint High Street. But as time passes so the memory fades and for the life of me I couldn’t remember where this quaint place was.
Well not until we drove through this picturesque village in the New Forest… and from then on the name has stuck in my head… the place I so remember was Fordingbridge.
This picture was taken standing on that stone bridge looking down the River Avon….
I love roses, especially carpet roses that spread across the ground giving an abundance of colour in their delicate petals… But another flower that I love is Hydrangeas. I did have two in my garden… a white one and a blue one… The blue one unfortunately was not retriever proof, which is a shame really because when it bloomed it was such a vibrant blue. I suppose the colour was such a vibrant blue because of all those pots of Hydrangea Blue I put around the roots. 😀
When we were on our way to the New Forest in July, we stopped at a place called West Green at Hartley Wintney, which is owned and maintained by the National Trust… In amongst their flower borders was this Hydrangea that was in full bloom.
West Green is a wonderful place to walk around… and there are plenty of places to sit down and have a picnic. When we visited on the Friday…. they were preparing for a Wedding …. and the grounds were truly spectacular for such an event. Especially when the many lights that are in and around the gardens would start to glisten as the day turned into night. It would be truly romantic looking and a wonderful place to tie the knot.