I am really loving this Topaz Impression Plug-in for Lightroom and Photoshop… this is a photograph I took way, way back at Nymans and is of the wooden gate that leads you into the walled garden.
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..
Here is the image SOOC
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.
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.
The gardens are outstanding.. and there are many rhododendrons, hydrangea and azalea bushes throughout the grounds..
There are informal and formal gardens.. with eye-catching flowers just waiting to be photographed.
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.
Another photograph I like is this yellow flower..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
This week I set up a reminder to enter Leanne Cole’s weekly photograph challenge of Monochrome Madness. It is a weekly theme where you can submit a monochrome photograph and Leanne will host it on her blog. My picture for this week is from Nymans in West Sussex….
The above photograph was processed by merging 14 photos to create a panoramic and this was done in Photoshop. After that I added some clouds and then added a photo filter. Once I did that.. I then imported back into Lightroom to do some split toning. Then I played around with some radial filters and then added a vignette.
You can see a larger version of the photograph by copying and pasting this link into your browser http://i0.wp.com/ryanphotography.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Nymans-IMG_1048-Edit-2.jpg
The above photograph was a set of three exposures captured when we first took up photography, back in 2012. It was taken at one of our favourite places in West Sussex called Nymans, which is owned and maintained by the National Trust.
The Dovecote at Nymans in West Sussex..
My favourite happens to be the middle version… I just love something about the golden tones of this photograph and the way I have processed it…