Woodland Walks

Ashenbank Woods – Bluebell Glade

Ashenbank Woods – Bluebell Glade

A photograph of bluebells at Ashenbank Woods near Cobham in Kent.

 

You don’t have to travel far from where we live in springtime to get these wonderful shots of bluebells as they cover the woodland.  Close to us is Ashenbank Woods near Cobham in Kent.. and in springtime there are masses and masses of bluebells.

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Spring in Ashenbank Woods

Spring in Ashenbank Woods

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Here in the South East of England it is freezing; there is a thick frost on the ground and a definite chill in the air.  Winter is coming.. the sun might be shining on this cold, frosty morning, but I long for spring to arrive.

The above photograph was taken back in Spring 2016 at Ashenbank Woods near Cobham in Kent…  The deer and the rabbits… are Photoshop Extras but you can still see how thick those bluebells were as they covered the woodland.

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1066 County

1066 County

A photograph of the wooded area at Battle Abbey in East Sussex.

A photograph of the wooded area at Battle Abbey in East Sussex.

 

East Sussex also known as the 1066 County is a wonderful place to visit.  In fact I just love the coastline of East and West Sussex all the way down to Devon and Dorset.  I love the rugged rock faces and the Jurassic coastline.

The above photograph was taken at Battle Abbey as you strolled around the wooded area that lead you to what was the battle-field of the great 1066 Battle.  The county of East Sussex is steeped in history and has some wonderful gardens to visit.

A photograph of red and white daisy-like flowers taken at Pashley Manor Gardens in East Sussex on a summer's day.

A photograph of red and white daisy-like flowers taken at Pashley Manor Gardens in East Sussex on a summer’s day.

Just like Pashley Manor Gardens with its glorious flowers and its picturesque setting.  Luckily for us, being in Kent, we are within easy access of this wonderful part of the British Isles and I just love travelling down through the countryside of Kent into East Sussex.

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Stream

Stream

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

 

On Saturday we decided to take a little drive out to Northward Hill Nature Reserve… and decided to go off of the normal route… into the wooded area.  Just at the bottom of this small path was a stream that ran through… as we only had a limited amount of time.. we didn’t explore too far.. but it is definitely on the list of places to go back and visit.

On a ridge overlooking the Thames Marshes and its marsh harriers, Northward Hill includes scrubland rich in nightingales and whitethroats, a lovely bluebell wood, a large rookery and a cherry orchard. It is also a working farm with cows and sheep.

The reserve also includes great swathes of flat marshes, where lapwings and avocets breed. In winter you can see wigeons and teals in large numbers.

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Here is a black and white version of the above photograph.

 

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

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The woods

The woods

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

 

Ashenback Woods, Cobham Kent, taken on a sunny Sunday in May.

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Surrounded by Bluebells

Surrounded by Bluebells

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Today I watched a video that was created by Laura Macky about replacing colours in an image.  And it was one from her expanding horizons tutorials.  I had never thought about using colour range to change parts of an image.   So I thought I would give it a go.  So first of all I did my usual edits in Lightroom by opening up the shadows and bringing down the highlights, finding my black and white point, adding some vibrance, saturation and clarity in the ‘Basic Panel’.

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Taken by Ashley Ryan – SOOC

I then went to my ‘Lens Corrections Panel’ and ticked the boxes ‘Enable Profile Corrections’ and ‘Remove Chromatic Aberration’. After that I went to my ‘Camera Calibration Panel’ and selected one of the profiles for my camera.  For this photograph it was the ‘Landscape Profile’.

After that I exported my image to Photoshop and then I followed the instructions in the video by Laura and changed the colour of the trunk of the tree.  I then changed the ‘Levels of the photograph by using a ‘Levels adjustment layer‘. Once I did that I then did the same with the colour of the bluebells except that I didn’t do another ‘Levels adjustment layer’. There were a couple of areas I didn’t like the leaves so I used ‘Spot Healing Brush’ to rectify those areas.

Once I was finished in Photoshop, I exported the photo back into Lightroom and played around with the sliders in the basic panel a little more.  After that I added ‘Graduated Filter’ with a cream tone by clicked on the grey area just beside the photo, so that the cream tone applied to all of the photo. I then did some ‘Dodging’ and ‘Burning’ using the ‘Local Adjustment Brush’ and then added a couple of ‘Radial Filters’ to lighten and bring up the clarity in certain parts of the photo.  After that I added a small ‘Vignette’, did some ‘Sharpening’ and ‘Cropped’ the photo to the size and composition I wanted.

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The Glade at Ashenbank Woods

The Glade at Ashenbank Woods

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

Here is another photograph of Ashenbank Woods, near Cobham in Kent… for the above picture I thought I would add a texture and I found this great set of  Free Luminosity Masks by Greg Benz, which makes masking out a whole lot easier when applying textures.  I used both Lightroom and Photoshop to process the above photo, plus I added some filters from ON1 software.

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Ashenbank Woods

Ashenbank Woods

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

The sun was shining and I definitely needed some fresh air… but mobility was a problem and I didn’t feel like travelling too far.. so we went to Ashenbank Woods at Cobham to see the bluebells.

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

And boy was there masses of bluebells, just as you entered into the woods there was a bench is the midst of these amazing bluebells.. of course I parked my bum there and left him to go wondering.

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

And he took some lovely pictures of the bluebells and the wooded area… which I am in the process of processing.

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

As you can see from two of the photos above the bluebells were in their full bloom.  And it is a lovely place to take the dogs for a walk… we met many dog walkers on our little journey and I spoke to a lovely couple who were also sat at the picnic bench I was perched on.

Friendly people, sun shining and dogs roaming… it sure felt good to be alive.

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Battle Woodland Walk

Battle Woodland Walk

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken at Battle Abbey in the wooded area on Good Friday 2016.

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Doddington Place – Woodland Walk

Doddington Place – Woodland Walk

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken on Easter Monday 2016 at Doddington Place Gardens near Sittingbourne in Kent…

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