Tintern Abbey

My first excursion for quote a while had me up at 5.20am to catch the sunrise at Tintern Abbey in South Co. Wexford. I got to the location but clouds ruined the day but waiting for the predicted sunrise at 6.37am according to the Photographers Ephemeris but no. Nothing but muck. So on a mucky day it normally calls for a B&W eye. So I did. Soon after I left the area at 8.45am the sun came out…and that just about summed up my weekend.

Tintern in colour


Little House

A river runs through it

The Entrance

Tintern Abbey

Through the arched type looking window

The Decisive Moment

Yes, “The Decisive Moment” – mostly connected with HCB (you know who). But this one is personalised.
I haven’t posted here for a couple of weeks. And there’s a reason for that. I mentioned before that I was going to join up with a membership to Guy Gowans page. Well, I did {Enter applause here}. It was a commitment for me because I like to play with images. Push, pull, tweak and generally play with an image to oblivion and beyond…then a bit more for good health.
But I had seen Guy Gowan in action a couple of years back. I was BLOWN AWAY. D’ya hear that? BLOWN AWAY.
But I settled back into my sand pit and played.
So recently I saw some of Guys free webcasts and I was intrigued again. It was like watching a magician in action and you’re wondering…how’d he do that? So I found out.
It wasn’t plain sailing. There is a severe learning curve and personal adjustments you need to make with his Action Sets. And you need to understand them. As Guy himself says if you cannot repeat the processing on an image you don’t understand…enter Exhibit A !!
But he has just brought out his latest version and to say I was BLOWN AWAY (yes, again) is an understatement. But this time it was on my own images.
So here are a couple of examples. First…who said a photographer couldn’t shoot in the middle of the day. Now come on…tell me that this isn’t a desirable and dramatic Before/After?



And here’s another example – look how the clouds are recovered and there aren’t any pen tools used to mask either. Both images (above and below) took about 5 minutes. Plus I really should stop using frames like that below. And the best thing is I can repeat these steps consistently.



I will not be showing the finer details on how these images were processed as this is the privilege of Guy Gowan and it would be the height of hypocracy to copyright my images but divulge the services and techniques of Guy Gowan.

Bus or Bud?

Gaining a fascination with street photography again…and with the toning of images. This image I wanted to dull the tones for a more cinematographic effect just to practice. I spent a lot of time trying and got it somewhere near where I wanted it…then said to hell with that and converted to B&W which is what Street Photography should be about.


So in Lightroom I got the profile for the camera corrected, rotated clockwise slightly and gave a 50% pre sharpen.
On to lightroom I did a little bit of noise reduction and played with the tones with the following setup…probably too many layers there but we tried.

Bookmakers settings

I then used Dan Margulis “Sharpen 2013″ action which I find to be the best there is for sharp sharp without halos. Give it a try yourself and thanks Dan!
Finally added a Black fill layer set to “Colour”, added the framing and signature.

Bus or Bud?

The Crescent

A well known spot in Wexford is the Crescent. A well photographed spot but this is no different to any other images from the same spot. The difference in this one is the processing that it went through to get to the final image.

15sec, f/11, ISO200, 24mm
Crescent pre-processed

Enable Lens Profile
Cropped the angle to straighten
Temp 2.6K, Tint +21 Magenta
Highlights -100, Shadows +100
Clarity +29, Vibrance +36, Saturation +5, Contrast +38
Added graduated filter to remove flare from water spot.

Added more contrast using the Selective Colour Layer using only White, Midtone & Blacks.
Cropped away bottom left and the railing from the right.
Added a layer and changed mode to Multiply and filtered the buildings to enhance the foreground.
Sharpened and added the signature.

Crescent - After