Stranger on the Shore


Seven Sisters -IMG_4905-Final Image
Birling Gap

On Friday we went to Seven Sister and Birling Gap in East Sussex… I have to say the drive down there was beautiful as we headed through the Kent and East Sussex countryside… and the views from Birling Gap are astounding.

Seven Sisters - SOOC IMG_4905
Seven Sisters – SOOC

For the above image I wanted to create a dark image… with a lot of clarity and just a hint of saturation.  But my problem was with the sky.. firstly there was too much of it… so I did a few adjustments in Lightroom, basically in the Basic Panel.  And I cropped the image for a more pleasing composition.

After I did my crop I levelled  the photograph to make the horizon of the sea straight, using the Angle Slider in the Crop and Straighten Tool.  I also added a Landscape Profile in the Camera Calibration Panel.

4905 - Layers PanelMy next task was to export the photo to Photoshop, because I didn’t like the sky… I wanted to add some clouds… so I used one of my cloud overlays for the sky… masking the area where I wanted to add the clouds.

Once I was happy with that I played around with the Levels by using a Levels Adjustment Layer.  I then decided to add a Colour Lookup Adjustment Layer using a  3DLUT File Seven Sisters – SOOC IMG_4905 called Crisp-Warm.look.

After that I added two Photoshop Actions by Serge Ramelli called Bonus Portraits Warm Beauty and Bonus Portraits Selective Colour.

Seven Sisters - IMG_4905-After Photoshop Edits
After Photoshop Edits

Once I was happy with my image, I saved my image and it was automatically re-imported back into Lightroom.

One I was back into Lightroom, I added a Preset by Serge Ramelli called Tone:Bleak Mountains.  When I use another person’s Preset, I do like to make minor changes to it… as I only use their Preset as a starting point.

So in this particular Preset, I added a few Local Adjustments using the Brush Tool to increase the Exposure and Clarity in certain areas of the photograph.  After that I then played around with the Tint, Temperature and Saturation in the Basic Panel.  And that was it… other than that I did no more adjustments in Lightroom.

Seven Sisters -IMG_4905-Final Image
Birling Gap

Written by Bren (Ryan-Photography)

Bren Ryan is a female amateur photographer and blogger who along with her husband, Ashley, have created a photography blog called Ryan Photography which showcases the places they've visited on their photography journey. Bren and Ashley primarily concentrate their photographic skills on landscape, architecture and floral subjects. Based in the South East of England they hope to give their readers an insight into the wonderful and beautiful landscapes, buildings and places that the South of England has to offer.

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