Lullingstone Castle

Pom Pom Dahlia from Lullingstone – Oil Paint Effect

Pom Pom Dahlia from Lullingstone – Oil Paint Effect

Pom Pom Dahlia Oil Paint Effect

A photograph of a pom-pom dahlia taken at Lullingstone Castle in Kent.

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 →

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Yellow Flowers of Lullingstone

Yellow Flowers of Lullingstone

A photograph of yellow flowers taken in the World Gardens at Lullingstone Castle in Kent.

Taking this Powder Paint to another level is something that I wanted to try… I love Topaz Impression 2 and I wondered what the effect would look like after adding a paint effect to the image. Continue reading →

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Flowers From Lullingstone

Flowers From Lullingstone

A photograph of flowers taken at Lullingstone Castle processed in the Powder paint effect.

Still playing with the Powder Paint Effect another subject that this type of processing enhances is the photography of flowers…

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On the lake at Lullingstone

On the lake at Lullingstone

A photograph of the lake at Lullingstone Castle near Eynsford in Kent

A photograph of the lake at Lullingstone Castle near Eynsford in Kent

There is nothing like sitting by a lake on a warm Sunday morning.. just watching the wildlife; with only the noise of the rippling water and the birds singing merrily in the tress.  To me, sitting there in peace is my idea of heaven…

The above photograph was processing in Topaz Adjust, Lightroom, and Topaz Texture Effects 2.

Have a good Sunday everyone xx

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Just Blooming

Just Blooming

New Dahlia Bloom

A photograph of a new dahlia bloom taken at Pashley Manor Gardens in East Sussex

 

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.

 

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Yellow Flower of Lullingstone

Yellow Flower of Lullingstone

A photograph of a yellow flower taken in the World Gardens at Lullingstone Castle, in Kent.

A photograph of a yellow flower taken in the World Gardens at Lullingstone Castle, in Kent.

 

This flower was taken just a few weeks back when we visited Lullingstone Castle near Eynsford in Kent…

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High Key Castle

High Key Castle

A photograph of Lullingstone Castle processed to a high key effect.

A photograph of Lullingstone Castle processed to a high key effect.

 

I wanted to try something new today… I have been seeing a lot of High Key images lately and I am drawn to how they look…. Above is my first attempt… and I think I do need a bit more practicing… but it is something I wanted to try for a long time and finally got around to.

Lullingstone Castle - High Key -_MG_6201-Edit2

A photograph of Lullingstone Castle processed to a high key effect.

 

The second image is identical to the first except I have the whole image an emerald green tint to it…  Now the moral of this post is a note to myself:

  • Write down how you did it.. as you go along
  • And name your friggin layers… so that you can go back and at least guess what you did on that layer.
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Lullingstone Castle

Lullingstone Castle

A photograph of the gatehouse at Lullingstone Castle near Eynsford in Kent.

A photograph of the gatehouse at Lullingstone Castle near Eynsford in Kent.

 

A monochrome photograph of the gatehouse at Lullingstone Castle, near Eynsford in Kent.

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A hint of colour

A hint of colour

A photograph of a dahlia taken at Lullingstone Castle World Gardens in Kent.

A photograph of a dahlia taken at Lullingstone Castle World Gardens in Kent – A hint of Colour – Final Image

 

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.

A photograph of a dahlia taken at Lullingstone Castle World Gardens in Kent.

A photograph of a dahlia taken at Lullingstone Castle World Gardens in Kent – Black and White – Before Colour…

 

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.

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Buttercup colour flowers

Buttercup colour flowers

A photograph of yellow flowers taken in the World Gardens at Lullingstone Castle in Kent.

A photograph of yellow flowers taken in the World Gardens at Lullingstone Castle in Kent. – Final Image

A photograph of yellow flowers taken at Lullingstone Castle Word Gardens… what attracted me to these flowers was the buttercup colour of the petals.. The original photograph was shot slightly under-exposed and I was rather concerned as to whether I could bring it back in Lightroom and Photoshop…

A photograph of yellow flowers taken in the World Gardens at Lullingstone Castle in Kent - Original SOOC Image

A photograph of yellow flowers taken in the World Gardens at Lullingstone Castle in Kent – Original SOOC Image

I did use my ‘Deep and Moody’ Preset and then sent the photo to Photoshop where I used the Spot Removal Tool to get rid of the blemishes in the petals.  I then played around with Nik Define Filters … and finally sharpened the image.

Once I was happy with that I sent the image back into Lightroom, where I added some more radial filters, played around with the tones and saturation and then used the local adjustment brush to remove any noise I could find, which was mainly around the edges of the petals in the dark shadowy areas of the image.

My final edit in Lightroom was to add a vignette and crop the image to a more pleasing aspect, whilst keep the original photos aspect ratio.

Wishing every one a great weekend xx and happy snapping. xx

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