As many of you may have gathered by now I am an avid Lightroom User and if I can do all of my processing in Lightroom I will. Have WordPress excelled themselves? You bet they have, but I will get back to that in a moment. First of all it seems absolutely ages since I did a WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge and this week’s theme is called Shadow. And I found the perfect photograph from Leeds Castle which has loads of shadows in it. Continue reading →
As I mentioned way back… I have had 3 blog posts produced on the Topaz Labs Blog.. I have felt very humbled in being asked, by Jodi Robbins, to write articles for them. Anyway.. the post I wrote was about adding Paint Effect to Photos and I used a photograph of a gate that was taken at Eltham Palace in London.
I wanted to give the image some different processing techniques using Lightroom and of course my new found craze of the Powder Paint Effect method of processing.
Another place we like to visit is Russell Gardens near Kearsney Abbey Gardens, Dover, Kent… It is about a 40 min drive for us, so within easy access via the M20 Motorway. Apart from there being a lake at Kearsney Abbey just across the road from Kearsney Abbey Gardens.. there is a lovely stream at Russell Gardens.. and a huge lake.
Here is another powder paint effect photograph which is of the main house at Great Comp Gardens near Sevenoaks in Kent..
I have always liked the photograph I did of Ashenbank woods where I created a water reflection to a landscape to add a different aspect to the photograph.
Anyway today I decided I would try creating a Powder Paint Effect to this photograph.
Well here I am… on what should have been T+4 day of the hip replacement, sitting here without a new hip and having to go through the dreaded wait, all over again. Apparently because one of my pre-op test results wasn’t back… the surgeon refused to do it.. which in a way is a godsend because since being sent back home on Thursday I have developed the most horrible cold ever which I think is now turning into a chest infection. Full steam ahead for mid-February.
Anyway the above photograph was taken at the rear of Old Inverlochy Castle that leads down to the River Lochy… and I have processed the Photograph in Lightroom, Photoshop as well as using two plug-ins Nik Color Efext 4 and Topaz Impression 2.
As you stroll around the grounds of Sheffield Park Gardens, in the distance is this Manor House.. unfortunately you can’t enter the house or the grounds and it is set in picturesque landscaped gardens sitting on a hillside overlooking the lake…
I’ve been playing around with this image for the last couple of days… There was light coming from the rear of the castle which shone through the arches but the sky was bland… just one measly little cloud on the right-hand side of the photograph. So I knew I wanted to do something with the sky and decided to replace that sky from Serge Ramelli with another I have in my collection of skies
One of the places we love to visit is Eltham Palace Gardens in London.. which is owned and maintained by the English Heritage… The Palace is surrounded by a moat, with two of moat being water and the other two sides being formal gardens…
To gain access to the Palace you have to cross a stone bridge and the above photograph was taking whilst standing on that bridge looking down at the moat.
Even though I liked the above photograph purely processed in Lightroom; I wanted to take it a step further and decided to process the image in Photoshop using Topaz Texture Effects 2 and Topaz Impression.
What I liked above using the Topaz Texture Effects 2 was that it gave more definition to the tree branches and trunks as well as the sky. I didn’t want a heavy texture applied to the image as I wanted the texture to add subtle hints of texture. The above image is straight from Photoshop without adding any further edits in Lightroom.
The above is the final image after adding Topaz Impression 2 to the image… I love the paint effect and I added some dodging and burning using radial filters in Lightroom to give the image a feeling of there being many light sources.
Even though I love all three images my favourite is the painted effect image created by Topaz Impression 2… and I am quite pleased with the effect these plugins gave the image especially when you add the image to a frame.
And if you want to add a frame to your image you can download the frames in jpeg images and lrtemplates for both landscape and portrait frames by clicking HERE.
I have to say I am really enjoying myself with Topaz Impresssion and it is a wonderful plugin to add to my Topaz Collection. Again I feel very humbled that Jodi Robbins of Topaz Labs asked me to do another tutorial for their blog… which you can read here and it is based on using Topaz Texture Effects and Topaz Adjust to get a peeling paint effect image.
Within the grounds of Great Comp were some winter flowers which were absolutely beautiful in colour and this is a photograph I took of one of those flowers.
And for this image I used my scaling technique to make the photograph more about the flower.