Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 26 – Distance

Taken by Bren Ryan


Today in my WordPress Reader I came across a post by a blog I follow by Julie Powell and she had written a post about a Photography Challenge set by Hugh of Hugh’s Views & News called Distance.

So I thought I would enter the above photograph which was taken at Bodiam Castle overlooking the fields and countryside that surrounds Bodiam Castle.  Bodiam is in East Sussex and a beautiful castle to visit.

Whilst visiting Bodiam you can get the Steam Train that runs from Bodiam to Tenterden which we did on one of our visits.  And I am so glad we did, because the countryside is spectacular and breath-taking especially as you pass through the tiny little stations.

Taken by Bren Ryan – After initial Lightroom Edits

For this Photograph I did my basic edits in Lightroom, and then exported the photo to ON1 Photo and used a Scott Davenport Preset in ON1 Effects and altered the textures slightly… After I re-imported it back into Lightroom I then went into Photoshop and added another texture to the sky elements and then back into Lightroom again, for a few radial filters and some adjustments using the Local Adjustment Brush.  My final edit was to add a small vignette.

I really do like to participate in  the photo challenges set by other bloggers, I enjoy seeing the photographs taken by other bloggers and a photography challenge is just that… a challenge.  A challenge to find the right photo for the theme of that week, which could involve you having to go out and find the perfect shot for the challenge.  And thank you Hugh for hosting this challenge.

6 thoughts on “Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 26 – Distance

  1. Hi Bren, thank you very much for joining in with my photo challenge. Up until a few months ago I was living in Hove, East Sussex, so I know the area quite well. However, I never knew about Bodiam Castle. What a treasure I’ve missed.


    1. Hi Hugh… Oh I love East Sussex, many of our trips are down that way. I know what you mean.. there are places local to us, we didn’t even know existed. It was only back in 2012 that I knew there was a castle at Tonbridge. I think with local things you drive past them so regularly they are there and you tend to ignore them on your travels.. It is only when you are out of your local area do you start paying attention to signs that lead you to these gardens or this historical place. Again thanks for hosting the photo challenge.


  2. I really enjoyed reading you post, as much as the pictures. I am an amateur photographer and use my handy dandy iPhone, and use some apps to edit. I will pick up a few tips you mentioned. Thank you 🙂


    1. I am sorry for not replying sooner.. it seems your comment went to my spam folder.. thank you for your comment. Do you know what I carry my phone around with me all the time… which is a miracle now, because it used to be the most unmobile mobile ever (permanently sat on the kitchen worktop) and never think to use it for photography. I have driven by beautiful spring flowers this last week and have never thought of using my mobile to capture the image.


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