The making of Wordless Wednesday Image and one step further.


The objective of Wordless Wednesday is to post a photo and let the photo speak for itself. Well, the manipulation of this image started out as a trial to see how far you can push the Photo Merge in Lightroom.

And I have to say in this case it was great. I started out with these two images.

I like both images, however what I didn’t like is this:

  • The left-hand image had the tree branches but no tree.
  • The right-hand image had the tree itself but not the end of the building.

So, both of these photos were never going to processed and displayed on the our website.

However, I keep going back to them and thinking what could I do to make them useable?

Then list light bulb moment struck me.

I wonder if Lightroom could create some sort of panorama shot, so I could use the best bits of each image?

I can only but trial.

I selected both images, right-clicked and selected Photo Merge and then Panorama. I checked the box to fill in the edges. And sat patiently for the fail to come up. I was shocked when it didn’t as these photographs were not part of a panoramic shot. And below is what Lightroom did.

I was amazed… but it still had its faults, for instance:

  • The Sky was Bland
  • The image was crooked
  • A bit of the tree didn’t look right.

Lightroom Stage 1

  • Sent the image to ON1 Photo RAW 2023 for a sky replacement.

ON1 Photo RAW 2023

  • I knew I wanted a moody looking photo so I selected a stormy sky. Then I ticked the reflection box. Once happy with the sky and its position I saved the image which sent it back into Lightroom

Lightroom Stage 1

  • Added a Preset I use quite a lot.
  • In the Transform Panel I selected Auto and then played around with the horizontal, aspect and X-offset sliders.
  • I then selected the building as an object and played around with the exposure, warmth, clarity, contast and sharpness sliders.
  • Then then using the Healing brush I sorted out the bits of the tree I didn’t like.
  • I darkened the grass slightly using a radial filter.
  • Added a vignette of -11.

Wordless Wednesday

A photograph of the Old Castle at Scotney Castle in Kent, photographed inbetween April showers.

Revamp of Image

I then decided to take one step further and make it brighter. To do this, I used a preset I have with numerous radial filters to increase light in places. And playing around with the settings of a couple of the masks and deleting some masks from this preset. And finally I got this lighter version of the image.

A photograph of the Old Castle at Scotney Castle in Kent, photographed inbetween April showers.

14 responses to “The making of Wordless Wednesday Image and one step further.”

  1. Gosh, I’m really impressed. I don’t have a technical bone in my body, so it wouldn’t even occur to me to attempt something like this. But for clever types like you, it pay dividends!

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    1. Thank you… I’ve been pondering about those two images for weeks…it was only when right-clicked to do something else yesterday that I saw the Photo Merge option.

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  2. Thanks for explaining Bren.

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    1. You are welcome

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  3. Wow! you are so much more patient than me. I might crop a picture or straighten a horizon, but beyond that, nope. After the second image, you say the picture is “crocked”. I rather like that but wonder if it is a typo.

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    1. Yep… that is a typing error. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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      1. I was thinking up definitions.

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        1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  4. Your edits are just amazing!

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  5. The final image is beautiful, Bren. β€οΈπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

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