Nettlebed Woodland

At the moment, the countryside that surrounds where I live is not looking its best stuck in that awkward moment between winter and spring where everything looks dull, drab and miserable. I know there are photos to be had, but I'd rather stay in the comfort of my warm home with a hot drink.

I'm using being trapped at home as an excuse to review some of my older pictures to see if they could be improved. I worked on a photo taken 10 years ago from a trip to Exmoor in the last post. I chose a lot newer image for this latest shot, and I captured it a little closer to my house.

I photographed this beautiful woodland photo with my Nikon Z6 and Helios 44-2 lens when I was hopelessly lost during a lockdown walk near Nettlebed. In the next section, I will write about how I went creating the final image.

Magical and Mystical photograph of Woodland around Nettlebed Oxfordshire

The Creative Process

The first part of my process is to have a clear goal in mind. In this case, I wanted to create a magical, dark and mystical woodland scene. Selecting the right subject was vital as I have several thousand woodland photos.
I chose to edit the photograph of Nettlebed as it was already close to the desired result.

I looked at the photo for probably 20 minutes to see how I could improve it. There were not too many issues; however, I felt more could draw the viewers' eyes into the image.

The tree to the left of the image was too distracting. There was also too much sky visible. The trees in the centre of the photo require lightening up, and the foreground and sides of the image needed darkening.

photo analysis for photoshopping

Lighten the blue areas and darken the red areas. Tree (1) make less distracting (2) too much sky visible

Taking care of the excessive sky was easy; I just cropped the image, so it wasn't visible anymore and applied a vignette applied to help darken the photograph's foreground and sides.

Next, I added separate dodge and burn layers to lighten and darken areas of the photo. Apart from adding another layer with some gaussian blur added to soften the image slightly, that was it.

photoshop of work in progress

This is my photoshop screen showing the layers used.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and I would love to know your comments and suggestions below.

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