Wakehurst Place

Wakehurst Place – Landscape

Wakehurst Place – Landscape

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

 

The above photograph was taken at Wakehurst Place, a place I love to visit, but am reluctant to now, due to the exorbitant car park charges for National Trust Members.  There are a lot of complaints and visitor numbers seem to be down due to this.. well that is what it feels like when you walk around… It used to be very busy there but the last couple of times we visited, the numbers of visitors seemed to be down.

Here is the above photo set in a photo frame, which I quite like..

wakehurst place - photoframe

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Wakehurst Place…

Wakehurst Place…

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

The above photograph was taken at Wakehurst Place back in June this year.  The walks around the grounds are spectacular. We have been quite a few times to Wakehurst Place and we still haven’t managed to get all the way around.  There are so many paths leading you to different places and so much to see… that you could spend a whole day there and still not cover all the grounds.

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The Bridge Over The Stream

The Bridge Over The Stream

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

With the grounds of Wakehurst Place in West Sussex, is a little stream which leads to a waterfall… when we visited back in June this year… we came across this little wooden bridge.  Those purple flowers were in full bloom and you can just see part of the waterfall in the background… This water feature was picturesque, and the little bridge is very dainty and you can stroll around the gardens and cross that little bridge.   Within the pond were fish and even though the waterfall and pond were man-made they are truly spectacular and add a charm to the gardens.

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The Lake at Wakehurst

The Lake at Wakehurst

One of the places that I loved to visit, (loved being the operative word) is Wakehurst Place in West Sussex.  The house and the grounds are spectacular… as as you stroll around there is a stream and man-made waterfall that are breathtaking.

[blockquote align=”right” cite=”Parking Fees if NT Member”]Cars: Free for the first 30 minutes, £2 for the first hour and a half, £5 for two and a half hours, £10 per day[/blockquote]

Wakehurst Place is part of  Kew Gardens… and is free to enter to National Trust… but up until a year or more ago so was parking free… However if you are now a National Trust member you have to pay for parking which can be a bit pricey. Especially as you could spend hours just strolling around the place… simply because there is so much to see and do.. it is vast.  And I know a lot of people have complained about the parking fee.. and when we visited last… you could see the reduction in numbers.  It wasn’t as crowded as it was on our previous visits… and it was a nice sunny day… a day when walking around the place is a joy.

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

I know £10 isn’t a lot for parking… but it soon adds up… especially if you decide to eat there or have lunch in the restaurant.  Mind you for photographing the place… the less visitors is a photographer’s delight… but I do wonder why they would enforce such steep parking charges… £5 for the whole day and say £2.50 for half a day is a lot fairer.  So that is why in my first paragraph of this post I used the word Loved because at those parking prices.. I doubt very much if we will revisit Wakehurst Place again.. which is rather a shame.

To bring out the colours in the above photograph… I tried something new… I did my usual Lightroom adjustments by opening up the shadows and dropping the highlights and giving the picture a bit of clarity, before exporting it to Photoshop.   In Photoshop, I duplicated the layer… changed the blending mode of that layer to Multiply and then lowered the opacity of the picture.   After that I reimported the photograph back into Lightroom and again I opened up the shadows, lowered the highlights and gave it more clarity.  Then I simply did some dodging and burning and then added a radial filter to give a light vignette to the picture.

Here is a selection of photographs taken at Wakehurst…

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Colour, Black and white or ……

Colour, Black and white or ……

A total catastrophe.. 😀 😀  To be honest, I don’t know which… Yes I have done the usual thing, processed it, walked away from it… gone back to it… but the only trouble is every time I go and have another look at it… my mind keeps changing.

This is the original photo… liked the flower and I liked the yellow and brown in the petals and what attracted me to it was the blue hazy lights in the back.. but I don’t like the overall photo.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

So I decided to add a texture and see if that cheered it up a bit…  I added layers, changed the levels, played around with a gradient tool and then exported it back to Lightroom and added a couple of radial filters.  I ended up with this image…

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

I wanted the texturing and colouring to resemble the shape of the leaves and no matter how many times I keep going back to this photo I am still unsure of it… Don’t you hate it when you can’t decide.  But the burning question is… should this photo even be worthy of being put on this website?…

And I have to say, yes, simply because as far as processing is concerned… this one photo is standing firmly in all the categories of colour, monochrome and catastrophe.

Here is the black and white version.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

Now if anyone feels like taking the original image and processing it and having a go to see what they can come up with … please feel free… all I ask is that you post your processed photo in the comments below and a quick synopsis of how you achieved the said effect.

Original CR2 DownloadOriginal JPEG Download

Looking forward, hopefully, to seeing your results.

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Textured Flower

Textured Flower

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Photographer: Bren Ryan
Location: Wakehurst Place, West Sussex
Date: 27th June 2015
Camera: Canon EOS 600D
Lens: Canon EF Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Aperture: f/3.2
Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 50 mm
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Framed….

Framed….

Unintentionally that is… as I strolled around Wakehurst Place on Saturday, I came across this beautiful little bit of garden.  I loved how the flowers stood tall and I loved how you could sit and admire such beauty.  It wasn’t until I got back home and imported my photos via Lightroom that I noticed that this perfect piece of garden was framed between these two huge tree trunks…

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

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Wakehurst Landscape….

Wakehurst Landscape….

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken at Wakehurst Place last Saturday…. I just love the texture of that old tree.

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Wakehurst Place Revisited.

Wakehurst Place Revisited.

Saturday came, at long last.  Boy didn’t it seem like a long week… and we finally managed to go out and photograph somewhere we have visited before.  We decided to return to Wakehurst Place, in West Sussex.  The following picture is taken by the lake as you overlook the lake towards the main house.  I wanted to create a dreamy, almost paint effect photograph.. one that was soft and I think I managed to do it using my nifty fifty lens.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

The following photograph is one taken down by the waterfall… as you follow the stream down into the gardens and woodland.  I just love the little wooden bridge that you could walk over.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

It was beautiful there, warm and pleasant and a wonderful place to visit.  Ideal for picnics but be prepared for the parking charges.  We’ve never had to pay for car park before, as members of the National Trust, but it seems they have enforced a new parking system, and even as members of the National Trust we had to pay for parking.

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Waterfall…

Waterfall…

Living in the South East of England, one thing we don’t have many of is waterfalls… not unless they are man-made.  When I see our American friends post their waterfall pictures, I am very envious and wish I could visit these wonderful places. However we did manage on one of our trips to capture a man-made waterfall at Wakehurst Place in West Sussex

Now as the picture is portrait in order to make it fit the header above I had to do a cropped version… and surprisingly enough I am quite pleased with the cropped version.

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