Because I've been up to my ears, nose and eyes in having stuff done to the house, plus sick cats, sick husband plus taking photos, I almost forgot the Grow Your Blog Party! I'm rubbish... Anyway, it's being hosted by the wonderful Vicki over at her beautiful blog 2 Bags Full...
A little about me, well I'm Barbara, I live in the UK, I have an MA in literature and am slave to three cats who constantly thwart any efforts I make to keep them out of this page. I'm seriously addicted to photography and books; and here you'll find evidence of both (although the photography has tended to take over just a tad. You can tell how this blog has changed direction from its title!). I've just started dabbling into giving tips and hints about photography hence the rest of this post. I have got to know such great people through blogging - I just love it. So if this is your first visit here, please take a look around, then put your feet up and grab a cat... (three very friendly ones available, although Charlie can be a tad unpredictable). The only rules are no mention of liquorice, aniseed or Marmite, all of which are the foods of Satan. Tea aficionados especially welcome... :O)
And now for the pics...
The theme for this week over at Photo Art Friday was Entrances/Exits, so I've decided to use the entrance to Cropston Reservoir for my link-up.
I took the shots at Cropston the same day I was at Bradgate Park (see previous post) and it was a beautifully cold and icy day, but I thought how gorgeous it would look if there was only a brilliant sunset in the offing. I was unwilling to hang around for a few hours to find out if it was going to happen, so decided to create one in Lightroom and Elements. I'd seen the technique used for portraits but thought it might work just as well for landscapes.
First I did basic adjustments in Lightroom, then exported to Elements where I:
1. Added a Lens Flare filter set to 105mm Prime lens type. This was a stand-in for the sun so I just dragged it around until I was happy with its position.
2. I added a Gradient layer set to Linear choosing a nice warm orange colour. I changed the blend mode to Colour. I then used a layer mask to brush away some of the colour on the foreground detail.
3. Then I saved the changes and went back to Lightroom to use Curves to boost the contrast and add a vignette.