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Water Cascade

Water Cascade

A photograph of the stepped water cascade at Leeds Castle in Kent.

A photograph of the stepped water cascade at Leeds Castle in Kent.

Yesterday, I posted on this blog a photograph of one of the many streams at Leeds Castle in Kent… the above photograph is of the same stream but looking towards the stepped water cascade. I was quite lucky taking this auto-bracketed set of shots that I only had a couple of people in the shot which were easily removed using Photoshop…

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A Stream at Leeds Castle

A Stream at Leeds Castle

A photograph taken at Leeds Castle, by one of the waterfalls looking down at the stream.

 

As you walk, or in my case pushed, from the entrance towards Leeds Castle, there are many lakes and streams… one of those streams has a stepped waterfall with a wooden bridge going over it… looking down the stream…  The above photograph was taken whilst on that bridge, overlooking the stream below…  The weeping willows that lined that particular stream were full of leaf.. and absolutely beautiful.

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HDR Panoramic of Leeds Castle

HDR Panoramic of Leeds Castle

A HDR panoramic monochrome photograph of Leeds Castle, in Maidstone Kent.

A HDR panoramic monochrome photograph of Leeds Castle, in Maidstone Kent.

 

The sun was shining.. and so we decided to go to Leeds Castle… and it was glorious… and packed… There were hundreds of people there… and just by the edge of the moat he managed to take this HDR image.  It was composed using 5 x 3 different exposures taken in panoramic  mode.

This is the first HDR Panoramic I have done with some success… first of all I used Lightroom to merge the different exposures to make one HDR image of each set… that left me with 5 shots which I then merged in Photoshop… simply because in Photoshop you can ask Photoshop to fill in the missing pixels… which in this case it did really well.

I did some sharpening and spot removal in Photoshop before heading back into Lightroom… I decided to create the image in monochrome to add to the drama.

It was a glorious day out.. and I have many photos to process… and looking forward to showing you them.

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Reworking Nymans Ruins Again

Reworking Nymans Ruins Again

A coloured photograph of Nymans Ruins taken back in July 2012.

A coloured photograph of Nymans Ruins taken back in July 2012.

 

I was just going through some of our very first photographs taken back in 2012… and looking at how my processing techniques have changed… since I learnt how to use Photoshop and Lightroom to its full advantages.

The above photograph was originally posted in a post called Nyman’s Ruins and reworked it again in 2013 in this posts Rework of Nyman’s Ruins.  One of the things I didn’t like was the bush in the bottom right hand corner… and the long lever on the gate… so with the powers of Photoshop I used the spot healing brush to remove the lever from the bushes and then I copied and pasted a portion of the gate into the right hand corner and then flipped it… just so that it looked like there was another gate.

Aphotograph of Nymans Ruins taken back in July 2012.

A monochrome photograph of Nymans Ruins taken back in July 2012.

 

The image was created using automatic exposure bracketing… and merged together in Photomatix… once it was toned-mapped it was then sent to Photoshop for the alterations I wanted to do… then back into Lightroom for the main processing…. Once I was happy with the image.. I then decided to see what it looked like in Black and White… so I just clicked on the B&W button in the HSL/Color/B&W panel..

How has your processing changed over the years?  Do you find, like I do, you go through phases of creating images to a certain style or have you just stuck to your one style of processing?  I would love to hear what other people think… and how their processing techniques have changed.

A monochrome Photography of the ruins at Nymans in East Sussex.

A monochrome Photography of the ruins at Nymans in East Sussex.

 

The above photograph was taken at the rear of Nyman’s ruins…. you can see the extent of the fire damage that happened in 1947.

The severe reduction of staff in World War II was followed in 1947 by a disastrous fire in the house, which survives as a garden ruin. The house was partially rebuilt and became the home of Leonard Messel’s daughter Anne Messel and her second husband the 6th Earl of Rosse. At Leonard Messel’s death in 1953 it was willed to the National Trust with 275 acres of woodland, one of the first gardens taken on by the Trust. Lady Rosse continued to serve as Garden Director.

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Russell Gardens… bridge over the river

Russell Gardens… bridge over the river

A photograph of one of the ornamental bridges at Russell Gardens, near Kearsney in Kent.

A photograph of one of the ornamental bridges at Russell Gardens, near Kearsney in Kent.

Spanning the river at Russell Gardens near Kearsney in Kent.. are two ornamental bridges… The photograph above was taken whilst on the other bridge looking up the river towards the other bridge and has been created using a 5 shot HDR…

One thing I try to do when processing photographs is remove people from them… normally I wait until people have moved and then I take the shot… but on Friday those gardens were full of children and families… so with the powers of Photoshop I did manage to remove the people in the image.  I think my reasoning behind removing people is because I don’t think I would like to appear in someone’s image without giving my consent.

I know at times you can’t remove every person but in those case I try to remove the people who are easily identifiable.  Removing the people from the above image was rather a challenge… but it gives you a chance to use Photoshop and I am becoming a great lover of the patch removal tool and the spot healing tool.

Isn’t it funny how we have our own little quirks about photography… mine is not having people in images unless there isn’t a way of removing them.  There are times when I look at street photography and then I would love to try that, but then chicken out because I wouldn’t want somebody coming up to me and having a go at me for taking their photography. What are your thoughts about people in your images?  Are you comfortable taking shots of people?  How do you approach people in street photography?  I would love to hear how get to feel comfortable about taking images with loads of people in them.

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Monthly Before and After Challenge – August

Monthly Before and After Challenge – August

 

The final image for this challenge started out as three shots at different exposures..

 

To create my HDR image I used Google Nik HDR Efex 2… and used a deep Preset that is already installed with the Nik Software.

Bodiam Castle

Once my image was merged into a HDR image.. I then sent the photograph to Photoshop where I removed the distractions in the background just above the bridge… and using the Content Aware Path Tool I also removed the little boy..  Using the Camera Raw Filter in Photoshop I then used transform function and used the auto setting to give a better perspective of the photograph.

I then reimported my photo back into Lightroom where I did the following:

  • Used a Preset I created, by turning a black and white Preset by Serge Ramelli called ‘Experimental B&W-Many Lights’ back into Colour and removing all the radial filters.
  • I then added another Preset by Serge Ramelli called – ‘Western Mid’ (which is a free Preset which you can download by signing up to his site).
  • I then played around with the saturation and clarity.
  • I then cropped the image.
  • I then added a couple of more radial filters… and a few brush strokes to dodge and burn the image.  I also altered the settings of the radial filters to a more the effects more pleasing to the eye.
  • My final edit was to add a vignette and hey presto this is the final image..

 

A photograph taken of the ruins at Bodiam Castle back in 2012

A photograph taken of the ruins at Bodiam Castle back in 2012

 

If you would like to submit a photograph to my monthly Before and After Challenge please feel free to follow the instructions on this post…  I, hopefully, look forward to seeing your entries.

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On the River – Rework

On the River – Rework

On the River IMG_4725HDR-Rework

Well not a lot has happened since my last post.. still haven’t been able to get out and about and boy is the boredom starting to set in… I do miss my photography trips… hopefully today will be the day that the Doctor can sort out my hip and knee problem … and if not give me some very strong painkillers to get moving… once again.  Anyway this morning I decided to rework a photograph I took earlier this year at East Farleigh in Kent.  I decided to only use Photoshop and Lightroom and I merged my three shot HDR in Lightroom, then exported my file to Photoshop to do some sharpening and add a texture.

As my previous posts have stated,  lately I have been creating abstract art out of photographs to keep me busy… I have thoroughly enjoyed it and I love the different effects you can created from a single photograph.  Playing around with the twirling method in Photoshop is very therapeutic.  Here are some of the images I did in the last week.

I just hope that it won’t be long before I am out there clicking away… have a good week everyone xx

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Over the Gate and into the Distance

Over the Gate and into the Distance

Taken by Ashley Ryan - Final Image

Taken by Ashley Ryan – Final Image

The above photograph is a HDR composite taken at Northward Hill Nature Reserve… it was only a brief stop and this was taken at an off beaten track near the actual farm.  As it was in a dark secluded place, and we didn’t bother to use tripods we were lucky that the three shots turned out without too much camera shake.

 

For this photo, all the processing was done in Lightroom and I used Nik Collection HDR Efex Pro 2 to create the initial HDR Image.

 

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan – HDR created by NIK Collection HDR Efex Pro 2.

 

I liked what Nik HDR did and I used a Deep Preset before exporting my photo back into Lightroom.  The first I did was find a suitable White Balance, and then I played around with the Tint and Temperature Sliders in the Basic Panel.  I then went to the Lens Correction Panel and ticked the boxes for Remove Chormatic Aberration and Enable Lens Profile.

My next task was to crop the photo using the Crop Tool and straighten the photo a little using the Angle Slider.  I then used Preset by Serge Ramelli called Tone:Orange City Street and I played around with the Contrast, Exposure and Saturation.  Then I went to the Tone Curve Panel and then used the Strong Constrast Preset and played around with the Dark Tones Slider.

I then added another Serge Ramelli Preset called Tone:Golden Age.  I then played around with Exposure and Saturation Sliders in the Basic Panel.

After I played around with the Radial Filters by moving them slightly to enhance the background more.  The Preset I used made the photograph Black and White so in the Colours Panel I converted the photograph back into Colour and played around with the Hues and Luminance Sliders. I then went to the Split Toning Panel and played around with the Sliders until I added some more green to the photo.

The settings for the Graduated Filters, which were included in the Preset, were slightly altered, I then went to the Details Panel, where I added some Sharpening and played around with the Masking Slider.  I then did some Noise Reduction and that was it… for this image.

Except for using Nik Collection HDR Efex Pro 2 for merging my shots into HDR, the whole processing was done in Lightroom.

Taken by Ashley Ryan - Final Image

Taken by Ashley Ryan – Final Image

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Rework of Nymans

Rework of Nymans

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

The above photograph was a set of three exposures captured when we first took up photography, back in 2012.  It was taken at one of our favourite places in West Sussex called Nymans, which is owned and maintained by the National Trust.

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Country roads… take me home

Country roads… take me home

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

This photograph was taken by St Margaret’s Church in High Halstow, near Rochester, Kent and composed of 6 photos at different exposures.  I then merged them in Photomatix and added an autumn tone to the picture, by using a preset in Photomatix and once the photograph was re-imported back to Lightroom I then adjusted the tones and added split toning to achieve the above effect.

Weekly Photo Challenge – April 1st – Landscape

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