I’ve gone all nostalgic for the last installment of this month’s One Four Challenge, hosted by Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me. Dartmoor brings back many happy childhood memories for me, of climbing the tors and seeing the gorgeous Dartmoor Ponies. My mother’s family come from Devon and she, herself, grew up on the edge of the moors. There’s a real sense of peace and tranquility that comes from being out in one of the UK’s great wildernesses. The montage that I’ve created is a romanticised imagining of an early, plate photograph that, perhaps, I might have found in an old trunk or at the bottom of a desk drawer in an ancestor’s home. You’ll find a gallery of all my edits after the list of processes, and a poll if you would like to choose a favourite! As April is our review month, please do let me know if there’s a One Four image of mine that you think could do with a rework and what suggestions you have for me. Thanks all 🙂
Colour Efex Pro Tonal Contrast Fine – increase all Detail Extractor 20% Exclude from Sky Dynamic skin softener on Blue Sky Tone Classic Soft Focus Diffusion on Sky Fog – Method 3 20% Excluded From Foreground Graduated ND -20%, 30% Blend Polarisation 80% Pro Contrast 10% 15% 20% Glamour Glow 15% Save to Lightroom Apply Noise Reduction
Silver Efex Pro 2 Brightness 20% Contrast 34% Structure 12& 20 Control Points to age image Red Filter 27% Ilford PAN F Plus 50 Film type Sepia Toning 20 White Frame 2
Photoshop CC Add Horses and Birds Edited As Above Using Polygonal Lasso Tool GTG Clean Edit Base 50% Amelia Bedelia 10% Super Fudge 15% Tickle Monster 10% Fog Brush 80% across rocks, sky and foreground grasses Flatten Image Painterly Rich 50% Flatten Image Use Low Opacity Blur Tool to soften features as necessary From Library use Crumbled Paper Brush to age edges
Lightroom Basic Edit Clarity +15 No Sharpening Noise Reduction 25%
Analog Efex Pro 2 Add More Age Using: Dirt & Scratches Eroded Photo Plate Streaked Lens Vignette Rectangular -25% Frames White 27%
There’s a magical, timeless quality to the moors that I wanted to try to convey with this week’s edit for the March One Four Challenge, hosted by Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me. I could have replaced the original sky with another from my files but I decided to see just what I could do by using adjustment layers and the original image only. I’ve attempted to create an ambiguous scene; sunrise or sunset, the start or the finish, now or then?
Photoshop CC Use HDR Background Add Black and white Adjustment Layer modified Red Filter Use Multiply Blending Select Foreground using Polygonal Lasso Layer Via Copy Create Copy of Background Layer Use Cloning Tool and Brush to extend sky over foreground Duplicate Layer Radial Zoom Blur 55% Duplicate Layer Radial Zoom Blur 80% Luminosity Blending 75% Apply Adjustment Layers for Hue and Levels to Foreground Merge Visible
Greater Than Gatsby in Photoshop CC Clean Slate Foundation Golden Sunset Burst with Multiply Blending Create Sunset effect using four radial gradient layers with appropriate colours, reducing in scale Vignette Federal 55% ND Gradient Soft Light Blending Merge Visible Painterly Rich 25% Flatten Image Add Canvas Border
For the second week of March’s One Four Challenge, hosted by Robin Gosby at Captivate Me, I wanted to show the moors and tor in a darker mood. Dartmoor has been the setting for countless novels and poems. The best known of these is undoubtedly The Hound of The Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the dark of night, with the mist rolling in across the moors, I can’t help but think of the savage dog-like beast stood upon the tor, howling into the winds. A little bonus for you is this extra edit with an even moodier look and the hound himself on the rocks!
Here are the steps I took to get my Week 2 edit and a gallery of all the edits so far:
Photoshop CC and GTG Savoy Mark II Colour Base Knuffle Bunny 15% Polar Express 50% Cooling Greens Brush Fog Brush (Across Tor) 50% Moody Brush (Across Tor) Rich Contrast 25% Silky Rich Bokeh Create Depth Brush Dark Paradise 50% RETRO FILMS Record Store 15% Annie Hall 25% Flatten Image Painterly Punchy 100% Flatten Image Black and White Adjustment Layer with Infrared Style Painterly Subtle 100% That Witch is Wicked 15% Classic Contrast Clean Bokeh Create Depth Brush
First of all I want to say a big THANK YOU to all my followers and fellow bloggers who are participating in Robyn Gosby’s One Four Challenge which she hosts on her lovely blog, Captivate Me. You’ve all been fantastic in your support and comments, inspiring me to push myself creatively with a range of different subjects! Many of you expressed an interest in seeing how I would tackle a landscape image so here it is, wonderful Dartmoor in Devon.
The rocks you see are called Combestone Tor and are the most accessible of all the tors. The original photograph was taken just off the car park to encompass all the rocks that make up this beautiful feature. I started in Lightroom, dropping exposure, highlights and whites and lifting shadows. I increased clarity and vibrance as well as making adjustments within Hue/Saturation to my liking. I then cropped the image at a 10×4 panoramic ratio. The results of this edit will be the base for all my edits this month and I will include it in my gallery.
Photoshop CC HDR Toning modified default
Cloning and Blur Tools to smooth sky and remove unwanted foreground detail
Lightroom GTG Basic Edit Slightly Reduce Blue and Cyan Saturation Increase Green and Yellow Saturation Adjustment Brush to Reduce Noise and Clarity to sky Adjustment Brush to Increase Clarity to the rocks
This is my sister and brother-in-law on top of Combestone Tor on Dartmoor in Devon. Helen and Kevin are both keen photographers with their own brand, Eros Imageworks. We spent this Easter weekend with them and on a crisp, sunny Saturday we ventured onto the moors to enjoy the stunning landscapes and get some photography in 🙂
Combestone is the most accessible of all the Tors, with a car park right next to the Tor itself and no hills to climb. Perfect for anyone like myself with disabilities! We almost had the Tor completely to ourselves, just a few dog walkers and occasional tourist. There was a brisk wind that had the light clouds scuttling overhead, bringing with them some dramatic light and shadow to this majestic landscape.
Dartmoor is a wild landscape filled with historic tales, myth and mystery. The Tors seem to encapsulate all of that magic within their monolithic presence. With the wind whipping through your hair and unspoilt vistas, stretching out to the horizon in all directions, it feels as if the entire history of Planet Earth is laid bare before you.
Happy Blue Easter Monday everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good weekend?
Simon and I went down to Devon to stay with my sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Kevin, for Easter. We went for a drive over the moors on Saturday which brought back some happy, childhood memories! After visiting the one easily accessible Tor, Combestone, stopping off at Widecombe, where my Silent Sunday photo is from and seeking out some of the Dartmoor ponies, we decided a cream tea was in order!
There’s one place on the moors that absolutely HAS to be visited for the ultimate cream tea – Badgers Holt at Dartmeet. Situated at the meeting place of the East and West tributaries of the River Dart, stands a wonderful tea shop with just about the best scones, cream and jam I’ve ever had! Not only do you have the beautiful countryside and fabulous food, there are also a number of peacocks on the grounds. They’re such colourful and enigmatic birds! They’re also partial to a spot of cream tea themselves 😉