AB Friday | One Photo Focus September

Every month Stacy Fischer from Visual Venturing hosts one focus photo whereby we are all sent a photo from one participant and we process it our own way and present it on the first Friday of the month.

This month the photo comes from Ben at Aperture64.  Thanks Ben.

His picture is of Pendennis Castle built by Henry 8th to protect the town and port of Falmouth in England.

Ben kindly offered up a single photo for processing or three images taken at different exposures to merge together (for an HDR image) which is what I chose to do.

Here are Bens original photos:

and my end result:

OnePhoto Focus Ben Pendennis Castle +2-HDR

Of course my usual presets of clarity, vibrance and saturation were the first port of call in Lightroom.

Graduated filter was used for both the sky and the grass to change the intensity of colour and add some drama.

Cropping – I cropped the photo in mostly from the left hand side and top & bottom, to pull the chairs and castle in more snugly.  I did want to place emphasis, as much as I could, on the chair in the foreground.  I used the mask tool to lighten the chairs slightly, I also lightened parts of the castle minimally as well as the doorway.

Of course to finish it off I did a slight vignette to darken the corners to bring the eye into the photo.

For more One Focus Friday photos please go to Stacy Fischer’s blog – Visual Venturing – to see what other interpretations have been done.  Stacy’s link here will be live on Friday morning EST USA.

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  1. Nice brooding interpretation! Mine is scheduled for tomorrow morning. Looking forward to seeing what everyone does!

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  2. Interesting workflow, Kaz. You really changed the character of this image. Have you done this all in LR or are you using PS as well?


  3. Very dark and brooding! Love the mood captured in this edit!

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  4. I find all that so interesting, Karen, but where can I find time to play with all the toys in LR?

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    • Yes time…if I had the time I would write a post on how much time I dont have lol! I agree. I have a lot of posts from other people and bought pdfs on different ways to improve my photos and I dont have the time to look….

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  5. A much darker and mysterious rendition. nice work

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  6. I love the moody feel of this- go figure!! 😀

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  7. Hi. Kaz! I really love the moodiness you’ve brought to Ben’s photo. It’s like a storm is brewing, with all the wonderful detail you brought out in the sky and how you’ve shaped the light. Perfect interpretation for a lone castle sitting on top of a hill! 🙂

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