Peter Nicholls, SPSA  

Old Church Lane in the Fall by Peter Nicholls, SPSA

November 2021 - Old Church Lane in the Fall

November 2021 - Peter Nicholls, SPSA


November 2021 - Peter Nicholls, SPSA

Original 2

November 2021 - Peter Nicholls, SPSA

Original 3

About the Image(s)

On a recent trip to England I was walking around some pretty countryside and came across a small church with a big tower. I took a picture of it (Church Lane 1). A little further on I found a narrow lane with lovely big flower bushes on one side (Church Lane 2). Looking at these later, I was disappointed by the bland grey sky and the lack of foreground interest in the first and in the second, by the fact that my pretty lane didn't lead anywhere. So I decided to put the two photos together and create an image of a little country lane leading to a church.

In PS I just used a couple of copies of #2 (one of them flipped horizontally) and one of #1. They were all masked and it was pretty easy, by painting with soft brushes on the masks and by moving the images around, to get the desired effect. I used the clone stamp tool to widen the lane at one point. I then replaced the sky using my own sky image (Church Lane 3) and the mask that PS generates when you do a sky replacement. The fall colors were enhanced with a hue adjustment layer.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
Welcome to Group 54, Peter. You have combined three images to expand the cliché that the whole is more than equal to the sum of its parts. You have created an image that makes the viewer want to take that walkway all the way to the church. It's quite inviting.   Posted: 11/12/2021 08:04:33

Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Peter, Welcome to the group. I like how you've enhanced an attractive image, making it an even more inviting location. I would consider adding a couple people walking towards or from the church to draw the viewer in even more.   Posted: 11/14/2021 11:52:57
Peter Nicholls   Peter Nicholls
Brad, thanks for the input. I really like the idea of putting people in the lane - great suggestion!   Posted: 11/14/2021 12:09:14

Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Welcome to Group 54, Peter!
I like your blend of the three photos here. Nicely done!
I agree with Brad that it would be great to see some people walking.
Beyond that, just a suggestion about the black area near the church base... it seems to be a hole that my eye falls into and I wonder if it would look better lightened a bit so the tone matches more of the overall image.
  Posted: 11/19/2021 16:33:55

Maria Mazo   Maria Mazo
Wellcome to the group Peter ! A charming imagenthat you have created, and as other members have already said, the path invites the viewer to follow it to the church, I find perfect the suggestion of place a couple walking in.
My only but is the transversal line in the first part of the path, my eyes stopped there all the time, it could be a good idea to clone it away and leave the path more inviting to walk in. Have a nice day   Posted: 11/20/2021 18:02:12

Peggy Nugent   Peggy Nugent
Welcome to Group 54 Peter!
You have created a very appealing image. I can almost feel the sun on my shoulders. I love the colors and how enticing the winding path is.
I like how you added the plants along the right side of the path, with a hint of symmetry to the plants we see on the left.

My only suggestion is that I would expect the path to appear a bit wider right at the bottom of the image, since it is closer to me there.   Posted: 11/23/2021 15:16:04