Hydrangea

Baubles and Flowers

Baubles and Flowers

A photography of a hydrangea taken at Great Comp Gardens in Kent

 

I just love the pink shade of this hydrangea… which was photographed at Great Comp Gardens in Kent… Hydrangeas are beautiful and they seem to flower all year-long.. well until the frost gets them… but once the weather turns warm again they soon begin the bloom.

A photograph of a flower taken at Great Comp Gardens in Kent.

 

Another flower from Great Comp was this delicate winter flower… sorry I don’t know what it is but I just love how strong that stem is.

Now under my tree I where this bauble hangs..

A photograph of a Christmas Bauble hanging from our tree.

 

Is a space for a soft box and lighting which I hope Santa brings (hint hint)…  that way if I can’t get out and about to take photographs I will be able to photograph objects within my home..

 

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Monodrangea

Monodrangea

A black and white photograph of a white hydrangea taken at Pashley Manor Gardens in East Sussex.

A black and white photograph of a white hydrangea taken at Pashley Manor Gardens in East Sussex.

 

Most hydrangeas are pink… and if you see the blue variety which I love, then to keep them blue you have to add rusty nails or tins to the soil, so they say, but I buy Hydrangea Blue Colourant which does the trick 😀 😀 😀

White hydrangeas can be kept white in any soil… and they are also my favourite colours of hydrangeas.. I don’t go much for the pink varieties… so when purchasing hydrangeas, (provided the dogs leave them planted) I buy the white or blue varieties.

The above photograph was shot at Pashley Manor Gardens in East Sussex and I decided to create a monochrome image simply to show the intensity of the white against a dark contrast.

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Hydrangea in Bud

Hydrangea in Bud

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan – Final Image

 

Normally I never shoot unless absolutely necessary in a ISO higher than 200… the above image was shot with an ISO of 400.. and there was some noise to the photograph.  Initially I thought I might bin it, but decided to play around with some Presets I have from Serge Ramelli – Golden Age and Western Bright.  I applied the Golden Age preset first and then the Western Bright.

Taken by Bren Ryan - SOOC

Taken by Bren Ryan – SOOC

When I applied the second preset, it caused the Radial Filters of the first preset to be overridden.  But by luck the two Graduated Filters that were created with the initial preset remained.   To these Graduated Filters I added another with a Blue Colour.

After that I re-positioned the Radial Filters to highlight the certain parts of the flower I wanted to brighten up.  I then added another Radial Filter which darkened the outside edges of the photograph.

As there was Split Toning applied with Western Bright preset, I played around with the Toning Hues and Saturation and the balance, until I achieved my desired look.  After that I decreased the Vignette in the Effects Panel and played around with the Dehaze slider.

There were a couple of little blemishes I didn’t like so with my Spot Removal Tool set to Heal I removed those blemishes.. and that was it, my next step was to export my photograph ready for uploading to the web, with my Watermark neatly positioned in the bottom right-hand corner.

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Pink Hydrangea

Pink Hydrangea

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

The above photograph was taken at Beech Court Gardens in Kent and is of a pink hydrangea that was flourishing in the woodland area of the gardens.. I just love the vibrancy of the pink tones of the petals and how the fade as you reach the centre of each individual petal.

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New and Old

New and Old

As many of you may have read on this blog… one of my favourite flowers is the Hydrangea bush.  I just love how they blossom and last throughout the summer.  In my garden I only have one bush now that is a white/pink shade…. but my favourite colour has to be the blue variety.

I did have a blue hydrangea bush… which was blue and was regularly treated with a produce called ‘Hydrangea Blue’, which you would sprinkle around the base of the bush and it would turn your hydrangea a blue shade… and it was such a vibrant blue… and I loved it.

Anyway the story goes… that I would be bulk buying this product… and treating my hydrangea… Anyway hubby has a fish pond… which is fine by me… albeit that I don’t like fish…. but he then decided it needed another big filter…. Of course the only place to put it was where this hydrangea bush was.

I was rather pessimistic as to whether it would die or not… and I made him move it so gently…. of course under the supervision of my watchful eye and that of two Golden Retrievers.

“Big mistake, Big… Huge” …. as Julia Roberts said in Pretty Woman. In fact it was bloody massive. 😀 😀 😀

Yes those two mischief makers decided to replant the bush everywhere except in the ground….  My nice blue Hydrangea was now spread all over the garden and two innocent looking faces looking at me saying…. “It was the other one’s fault… I was trying to save it.”

Anyway as we strolled around a place in Kent called Beech Court Gardens… I came across a massive blue hydrangea bush… and it had new shoots on it just about to go into full bloom….

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Taken by Bren Ryan

I just love how each little bud is so perfect and the intensity of the colour.

Also within that bush was a bloom that was in full bloom….

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Taken by Bren Ryan

You can see how some parts of the petals have remained a yellow colour whilst the vast amount have have turned purple.  Hydrangea Blooms seem to last forever…  and are a great feature in any garden…. I love them.

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White Hydrangea…

White Hydrangea…

Just outside the tearooms at Beech Court Gardens in Challock, amongst the flower borders, was planted this wonderful hydrangea that was in full bloom.  I just loved the crispness of the petals and how bright those blooms were.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Even though there is only a hint of colour in the above photograph… I do like the black and white version below.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Hydrangeas are one of my favourite shrubs… and I have them in my garden… they are low maintenance and I love how every year they bloom and bloom and they last all summer… and well into autumn.

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White Hydrangea

White Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Photographer: Bren Ryan
Location: Beech Court Gardens, Challock, Kent
Date: 19th July 2015
Camera: Canon EOS 70D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Aperture: f/11
Shutter Speed: 1/80 sec
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 50 mm
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White Hydrangea

White Hydrangea

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.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

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.

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Hydrangea Blooms

Hydrangea Blooms

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Taken at Nymans on Saturday 31st May 2012

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Regrowth

Regrowth

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Regrowth

Back in April of 2012, hubby and I decided to take a trip to Nymans Gardens, which is located in West Sussex.  As we strolled around the grounds nearing to the end of the trail, we found this arbour.   Continue reading →

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