Rework of a Little Egret

Back in 2016, I processed a photograph of a Little Egret which I took at Northward Hill Nature Reserve and processed the image in a blue wash.  Today I decided to rework that image.. and the first thing I did was to flip the photograph horizontally.

Little Egret wading through the marshes at Northward Hill Nature Reserve.

I wanted to do this image in black and white with a gold and mauve split tone.  And this is the first time I have used the Reference View in Lightroom.  You see I processed the following image in Photoshop and then on re-import  to Lightroom I then added a coloured Preset which still kept the image in black and white,  but added a split-toned effect to the image.

A little egret at Northward Hill Nature Reserve grooming its wing.

However, since I applied the Preset I had to a black and white image I processed in Photoshop… I got the desired effect.  But! When I used the same Preset on a coloured image, even if I then converted it to black and white, in Lightroom, I still didn’t get the same effect.  So it was a case of having to come up with a Preset of my own to create this effect to a coloured image.

And to do this I used the Reference View in Lightroom.  And I played around with the split toning after converting my image to black and white and then added a couple of radial filters and a coloured graduated filter.  Once I was close enough to the reference view as I could get.  I then saved the Preset in Lightroom using the same name as the original Preset and by adding BW to the end of the name.

Little Egret wading through the marshes at Northward Hill Nature Reserve.

Never having used the Reference View in Lightroom before, at times I wondered if it was worth having this element available in Lightroom.  But now!  My god it is invaluable, especially if you are trying to replicate a Preset or toning you did on another image to a new photograph.

This is the advantage of using Presets in Lightroom, apart from cutting down your processing time, if you have a desired effect and know you will be using it again; by creating that Preset you have the settings at the click of a button.


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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