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Leathered

Leathered

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Leathered

One of our favourite places to visit is Scotney Castle in Kent.. The above picture was created firstly by merging three auto-bracketed photos into one HDR (High Dynamic Range) image.

Once the image was created, I then played around with image, in Lightroom, until I was happy with it.. which left me with the picture below. Continue reading →

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Whitstable Castle….

Whitstable Castle….

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Whitstable Castle….

There we were back in the summer, visiting Whitstable… and we didn’t even realise it had a Castle… talk about knowing your local area.. I am afraid not in our case.

And the only reason we found that Whitstable had a Castle was because we were looking for road signs for the sea front.. and I spied the Castle sign. Continue reading →

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Rose and bud..

Rose and bud..

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Rose and bud..

The above picture was taken at Chartwell back in 2012. I just loved the way the raindrops stayed on that one petal.

Below is the original monochrome picture

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And the textures I used are:

Texture A

Texture A

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Texture B

I converted Texture A to grayscale and then added that as one layer.. then I rotated the image 90º and added it as another layer.  I then added Texture B as another layer.  I then played around with the various blending modes and the opacity of each layer until I reached the desired effect.

Applying texture to pictures gives a photograph a whole new dimension.  Wouldn’t yo u agree?

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Morden Hall Park

Morden Hall Park

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Morden Hall Park

The above picture was taken at Morden Hall Park, in London.  Firstly I processed the photo to black and white

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Then in Photoshop I added a layer (multiply) with this texture

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And then added another layer with the same texture only this time I used the layer type as Normal and reduced the opacity to 40%.

I like both versions, the black and white.. but I do think the textured version of the photo gives it that old photo type of look.

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A rose for my rose…

A rose for my rose…

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A rose for my rose…

The above was taken at Morden Hall Park back in July 2012

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Roll out the barrel…

Roll out the barrel…

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Roll out the barrel…

Time and time I keep saying to myself I am going to purchase the Topaz Adjust plugin for Lightroom and Photoshop, and then change my mind.

Well yesterday after seeing the offer on their website.. that was it.. I purchased.  Normally the plugin is $49.99 for Topaz Adjust… but if purchased before 30th September 2013, you get the plug-in for $24.99, which is just under £15.50…. what a bargain.

The above photograph was taken at Upnor Castle… I did my usual adjustments via Lightroom and then transferred the file to Topaz Adjust for the final edit.  Once I got the desired effect, then back to Lightroom for a Vignette finish.

All I can say is that I am glad I went to their website yesterday….

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Playing with Texture – Part III

Playing with Texture – Part III

Yesterday I posted a picture from Bayham Old Abbey.. which I converted to black and white and processed in Lightroom…

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Well I decided to add texture to the above photograph… the textures I used were

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which when converted into black and white in photoshop created the picture below.. In photoshop I changed the opacity of the layer and masked out the actual ruins so that they were not texturised.

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The other texture I used was…

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again using the same procedure of transforming the texture to black and white in photoshop and then reducing the layer until I achieved the desired effect.

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Finally I decided to compose the final picture with both layers of texture visible.. which created this final photo.

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Playing with textures is fun.. and again I want to say thank you to Public Domain Textures for their variety of textures that are available for people to use..

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Turning day into night…

Turning day into night…

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Turning day into night…

IMG_5851So how did I go about transforming the photo on the right into the one above.

As much as I liked the photo on the right.. I just wanted to play around and see if I could create a night-time scene using Lightroom and Photoshop..

Firstly, I did the necessary adjustments in Lightroom and then edited the photo in Photoshop.

What I did next was to add some texture layers to the photo and the layers I used were these:

I then moved those layers around in photoshop until I got the desired effect.. How I did this was by transforming the layer and then making that layer larger than the original picture, which allowed me to adjust the position of each layer.

Once I was happy with the effect.. I then saved the image and it automatically got imported back into Lightroom.

My next step was to use the cloning tool and remove the lifebuoy ring and pole.

Next I added a radial filter highlighting the bench, so it looked lighter than the rest of the picture… I did this by lowering the exposure.. When happy I then used the adjustment brush and lower the exposure of the street light, so that it looked like it was switched on.. I did this twice, each time with the flow set to about 89%.

Finally I then created a new brush, which was quite large and lowered the flow and then increased the exposure slightly until I got it to look like the bench was being highlighted by the shine of the street light.

Photography is all about experimentation.. not just when you are out and about but when you process your photos… personally I am quite pleased with the final effect.. What do you think?

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Umming and arring

Umming and arring

Umming and arring

Yes I have been doing a lot of that lately… especially after seeing the excellent work of Photographers like Serge Ramelli and Trey Ratcliffe when they create their HDR masterpieces.  Yes they use Photoshop and Photomatix to get their excellent photographs.. but for the likes of me it is Lightroom, Photoshop Elements 10 and Corel Paintshop Pro 4. Continue reading →

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Rocks and Railings

Rocks and Railings

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Rocks and Railings

The above picture was taken at Tonbridge, back in February 2012, and has been processed through Lightroom 4.. Tonbridge was one of the very first places we went to, when hubby and I decided to take up photography.

Yes we had the cameras and we had the determination, but what we did lack was the experience… You see we had only decided to take up photography about a month before this photo was taken… And to put it bluntly we didn’t have a clue. Continue reading →

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