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Woodland Walks at Knole

Woodland Walks at Knole

Photograph of the woodland walks at Knole near Sevenoaks, in Kent.

Photograph of the woodland walks at Knole near Sevenoaks, in Kent.

The month of March
Has just blown in,
To say that Spring
Will soon begin.

March roars in like a lion,
With a bluster and a slam!
And tiptoes out gently
Like a quiet little lamb.

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Photograph of the woodland walks at Knole near Sevenoaks, in Kent.

Photograph of the woodland walks at Knole near Sevenoaks, in Kent.

 

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The power of texture

The power of texture

A photograph of one of the paths that winds through the estate at Nymans in West Sussex

A photograph of one of the paths that winds through the estate at Nymans in West Sussex

 

It was cold, it was murky and the sky was absolutely dreadful.. it was dismal and there wasn’t any clouds that gave drama to the sky… but even with the sky as dismal as it was.. I still liked the photo… so what do I do with it?  Of course, at a texture and use Topaz Texture Effects 2 to create the sky I wanted.  Here is my processing technique for this photograph..

  • Opened image in Lightroom,
  • Exported Image to Photoshop
  • Removed lone twig in sky with spot removal
  • Removed object in the middle of the path
  • Tided up image with spot removal tool
  • Filled in the path so it was all shingle looking.
  • Duplicated Layer and changed blending mode Overlay 50% Opacity
  • Added a Colour Lookup Adjustment Layer
  • Added a Hue and Saturation Layer and played around with the colours to enhance the fall colours.
  • Edited the Photo in Topaz Texture Effects and added a texture to the sky.
  • Saved image back into Lightroom
  • Added a Preset which added many little lights created by radial filters, to the photograph
  • Deleted the radial filters I did not want
  • Used the Local Adjustment Brush to add adjustments to the trees and add a blue tint to the sky.
  • Auto straightened the photo
  • Played around with basic settings
  • Added gradient filters to the top and sides, which decreased the brightness and added a coloured tone to them.
  • Added gradient filter to lighten the bottom of the photograph.
  • Exported to hard drive.

Here is the image SOOC

SOOC

SOOC

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Rework of Nymans…

Rework of Nymans…

A photograph of the stone wall and wooden gate at Nymans that leads you into the walled gardens.

A photograph of the stone wall and wooden gate at Nymans that leads you into the walled gardens.

If you are ever in West Sussex and looking for a place to visit.. then I can highly recommend Nymans.. we have visited this place, which is owned and maintained by the National Trust, many times.  It is wheelchair friendly.. even though I haven’t been there recently but the paths are wide and easily accessible for a wheelchair.

The above photograph was taken of the wooden gate that leads you into the walled court-yard garden.

Another favourite photograph of mine is this gazebo… and how it surrounded by the vibrant colours of various hydrangeas.

A photograph of the gazebo at Nymans in West Sussex processed using Topaz Texture Effects 2

A photograph of the gazebo at Nymans in West Sussex processed using Topaz Texture Effects 2

The grounds are immaculate, with its croquet lawn, formal gardens and woodland walks..  Nymans suffered severe damage in the 1987 storm.. but it is recovering now and you would hardly believe that it had been so badly affected by the storm.

A photograph of one of the paths at Nymans which is lined with old trees.

A photograph of one of the paths at Nymans, lined  with old trees.

The gardens are outstanding.. and there are many rhododendrons, hydrangea and azalea bushes throughout the grounds..

A photography of a pink Rhododendron flower taken at Nymans in April 2012.

A photography of a pink Rhododendron flower taken at Nymans in April 2012.

There are informal and formal gardens.. with eye-catching flowers just waiting to be photographed.

A photography of cerise coloured flowers at Nymans in West Sussex

A photography of cerise coloured flowers at Nymans in West Sussex

We visited Nymans, on a cloudy day back in July 2012 and whilst we were there the heavens opened .. and we hide in that gazebo.. the shower didn’t last long but it gave us the great opportunity of photographing this flower which still had the raindrops on its petals.

A photograph of a fuchsia coloured flower at Nymans, just after a rain shower.

A photograph of a fuchsia coloured flower at Nymans, just after a rain shower.

Another photograph I like is this yellow flower..

A photograph of a yellow flower taken at Nymans in West Sussex

A photograph of a yellow flower taken at Nymans in West Sussex

I will be thankful when I get this new hip of mine… counting down the weeks now.. and hoping I get a phone call very soon as I do miss my photography jaunts… even though I have a wheelchair it still isn’t the same… when we go out photographing the wonderful landscapes around us.

Mind you, being laid up like this is giving me the chance to rework some of our very old photographs.. which I thoroughly enjoy doing. Sometimes when I go to edit the photographs that we first took and processing … I cringe at the way I processed that particular photograph.

But even with all the cringing  I can see how far I have come in post-processing.. and how much I have learnt about post-processing.. especially the art of dodging and burning and mastering Lightroom.  Especially when you have a dull, bland sky in a photograph, you can easily rectify this by using textures, instead of having to trash the photograph because the sky just wasn’t right.

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Bateman House – Rework

Bateman House – Rework

A photography of Bateman house in East Sussex.

A photography of Bateman house in East Sussex.

Today in my email inbox came an email from the curator of the A.C.M.C Flickr Group inviting me to join the group and post one of my photos taken of Bateman House the home of the late Rudyard Kipling taken way, way back when we first started out on our photography journey back in 2012 (photo above).

It was taken with a Panasonic Lumix FZ-48 bridge camera.. and shot in jpeg.. and was created by merging two different exposures together.

Looking back on the Photograph on our Flickr Page there were a couple of small distractions which I removed in Photoshop.. one being a red holder on the bench on the far right-hand side and a green trash bin located by one of the trees.  Other than removing these items and adding a couple of radial filters.. I did nothing else to the photograph other than some small minor adjustments to the highlights, shadows, contrast and exposure.

A photography of Bateman house in East Sussex.

A photography of Bateman house in East Sussex.

I then decided to have a look at what a coloured image would look like.. so I then added a Preset which I have created using the different settings from two presets.  One Preset which I created myself and the other was a free Preset from Serge Ramelli, which gave me the western looking tones..

A photograph of the rear of Bateman's House in East Sussex, processed using GREYCstoration.

A photograph of the rear of Bateman’s House in East Sussex, processed using GREYCstoration.

I wanted to create an oil paint effect with this photograph but unfortunately on this desktop I can’t get the filter to work.. no matter what I try… anyway I downloaded a plug-in called GREYCstoration and used that… it is not as good as oil paint… but I suppose I will have to live with that.. until I find the cause of the filter not working on this PC.

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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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Blue tint flower 

Blue tint flower 

On one of our photography visits to Sissinghurst Castle, I came across these delicate little flowers… they were very delicate and pastel looking… so when I did this photograph I knew I wanted to create the photo in black and white so in my processing technique on this particular photo I added a very pastel blue tint to the image.

Now I don’t know about you but I would love to use Lightroom Mobile a whole lot more than I do…. but I simply don’t use it because a) it doesn’t allow local adjustments like the radial filter on the android version of the app like it does on the apple version and b) there is no way to add watermarks on either the iTunes or android versions of the app.

I don’t know what you think but I am sick of Adobe thinking everyone has an iPad or iPhone and catering to these users… leaving us android users feeling that we are the ones that get second bite of the cherry all the time.

I don’t mind paying Adobe monthly but I would like to get the same apps as those that run an iPad or iPhone.  Anyway that is my rant over for the evening 😀 😀 😀

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South Lodge

South Lodge

South Lodge - P1020176 - Framed

 

One of our favourite places to visit in West Sussex is Nymans… which is owned and maintained by the National Trust… we have visited Nymans about 4 times since we took up photography as a hobby.  Within the grounds of Nymans is South Lodge… a little stone cottage.. which is absolutely beautiful.

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Raindrops on Roses

Raindrops on Roses

Within the grounds of Chartwell House in Kent – the former home of the late Sir Winston Churchill – is the formal rose garden.. The rose garden was designed by Clementine Churchill’s close friend and cousin Venetia Montagu.  This photograph of a rose was taken just after there was a rain shower and the raindrops were still nestling on the delicate petals of the rose.

A photograph of a yellow rose taken in the rose garden at Chartwell, Kent - the former home of the late Sir Winston Churchil.

A photograph of a yellow rose taken in the rose garden at Chartwell, Kent – the former home of the late Sir Winston Churchill.

 

Originally I was going to leave the photograph in monochrome.. but as an experiment in Lightroom, after processing the photograph I hit the colour button on the HSL/Colour/B&W panel in Lightroom and I liked the tones and vibrancy of the yellow petals.

A photograph of a yellow rose taken in the rose garden at Chartwell, Kent - the former home of the late Sir Winston Churchil.

A photograph of a yellow rose taken in the rose garden at Chartwell, Kent – the former home of the late Sir Winston Churchill.

 

Have a good weekend everyone xx

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Friday Quick Tip – Photoshop – Using Colour

Friday Quick Tip – Photoshop – Using Colour

You know how you want to intensify colours… and wish certain parts of an image were different layers…  well yes you can use a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer or Levels and Curves… but I use the following method…

  • Create a new layer
  • Select Brush Tool
  • Choose Colour
  • Paint over areas with colour
  • Set blending mode to either ‘Soft Light’ or ‘Overlay
  • Use a mask to paint out bits where you don’t want the colour changed…

For this image I used the above method not once but with three different colours… one layer on the rocks, one layer for the trees and another layer for the sky.

Rocks

Before Colour

Rocks before colour

 

After Colour

 

Rocks after Colour

 

Trees

Before Colour

Trees before colour

 

 

After Colour

 

Trees after colour

 

 

Sky

Before Colour

 

Sky before Colour

 

After Colour

 

Sky After Colour

 

I didn’t use a mask at all for the rocks, but I did for the sky and the trees… as you can see by my layers panel..

Layers for colour

I just love how this method makes certain colours pop… and here is the final image once I exported it from Photoshop back into Lightroom.

A landscape photograph of Sheffield Park Gardens taken in July 2012 just as the storm clouds started to arrive...

A landscape photograph of Sheffield Park Gardens taken in July 2012 just as the storm clouds started to arrive…

Once I was back into Lightroom I added a Serge Ramelli Preset called ‘Basic: Outdoor Warm Centre’. I played around then with the basic settings and the radial filters, where I played around with the location of the Radial Filters and the settings of each radial filter.  I then added a few brush strokes to lighten certain areas.. and below is the final image.

Sheffield Gardens - IMG_2470 - Framed

 

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Autumn Colours of Sheffield Park Gardens

Autumn Colours of Sheffield Park Gardens

Sheffield Park Gardens - Water Steps

 

 

If you want autumn colours and love gardens one of the places I highly recommend for taking autumn shots is Sheffield Park Gardens in East Sussex…. it is owned and maintained by the National Trust… and in autumn the golden tones are so vibrant and add a warm tone to wonderfully landscaped gardens.  Sheffield Park Gardens is a place for all seasons… but the colours of autumn are breath-taking.

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