Processing of A Fallen Tree at Ashenbank Woods


Fallen tree at Ashenbank Woods in Kent.

I thought I would give you a guide into the processing I did on the above image.  I knew in my mind I wanted to create a soft but saturated image of a fallen tree at Ashenbank Woods near Cobham.  As I was adding a slight texture to my image, I knew I would be using Photoshop – so I broke down my workflow into three stages.

Lightroom Stage One

  • Camera Calibration Panel
    • Camera Landscape
  • Lens Correction Panel
    • Enabled Lens Profile
    • Remove Chromatic Abberation
  • Basic Panel
    • Highlights -50
    • Shadows +14
    • Contrast 17
    • Vibrance +19
    • White Clipping -19
    • Black Clipping -21
  • Edit image in Photoshop
One of the trees that has fallen at Ashenbank Woods near Cobham Kent.

 

Photoshop Stage One

  • Duplicated Layer
  • Added Texture – Overlay Blending Mode 100% (Courtesy of Kerstin Frank)
  • Used Nik Color Efex Filter Plugin – to give a soft focus to the image.
  • Photo Filter Adjustment Layer – with a layer mask so filter only affected trees
  • Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer – again using same layer mask as Photo Filter Layer Mask – decreased density of mask
  • Merged layers using SHIFT+CTRL+ALT+E
  • Added surface Blur – Multiply Blending Mode 8%
  • Merged layers using SHIFT+CTRL+ALT+E
  • Made selection so only the outer edges were selected and duplicated this layer by CTROL+J
  • Changed Blending Mode to Multiply with 24% opacity
  • Added a light leak layer changed Blending Mode to Soft Light with 7% opacity
  • Saved image which was imported back into Lightroom
One of the trees that has fallen at Ashenbank Woods near Cobham Kent.

 

Lightroom Stage Two

  • Radial Filters
    • Added 5 radial filters to certain parts of the images to lighten certain elements of the image – Used 0.60 Exposure
  • Effects Panel
    • Added Post-Crop Vignette of -24
  • Basic Panel
    • Changed Black Clipping to +31
    • Contrast to +21
    • Clarity to -21
Fallen tree at Ashenbank Woods in Kent.

 

Most of the processing I could have achieved in Lightroom alone, using the adjustment brush but I knew I wanted to add a texture so I used a texture from my collections which is courtesy of  Kerstin Frank who is on Flickr.  If you are into textures, her work is superb.. I just love how she combines her textures with her images.  A Great Artist.

 

 

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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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