Swanning around on my own

Swan

Swan

Swan

Today I wanted to create a soft looking feel to this photograph, which was taken at Leybourne Lakes in Snodland, Kent.  It is an ideal place for the kids to run around, there is an adventure playground, and of course plenty of dogs on their daily walks, with some even swimming in the lake.

Swanning around

SOOC

My first job was to crop the picture to make a more pleasing composition. In the ‘Basic Panel’ I increased the exposure, lowered the contrast, brought down the highlights and shadows.  I lowered my Whites and blacks. and decreased the clarity.

This gave me the soft feel to the photograph, however there were some ripples that gave faint black lines… so to remove them I used the ‘Spot Removal Tool’.  After that I added a couple of ‘Radial Filters’ to the image, one to increase the exposure of the swan and the other to give a vignette feel.  I then converted the image to black and white by selecting B&W in the ‘HSL/Color/B&W panel’.  After that I then played around with the colour sliders in the B&W part of the panel until I got what I liked.  I then did some sharpening in ‘Details panel’ just to highlight the edge of the swan, I then did some noise reduction and added a small vignette in the ‘Effects panel’.  Other than that I did no more editing on this photo and I like the soft looking feel.

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