Weekly Photo Challenge: Local

If you follow this blog you know that I moved over the summer. Again. I move a lot. So I wouldn’t say that I really have experienced being a local. What I like about moving though is the chance to act like a local in a lot of different places. And it’s this faking being a local that brought me to this kitchen:

ISO 800 4.3mm f/2.7 1/800

ISO 800 4.3mm f/2.7 1/800

This nice little kitchen set-up was at Anglesey Abbey which is a National Trust property.  We joined National Trust when we arrived here in England with the thought that we would spend a lot of the next year visiting different sites then the next year we would join English Heritage and base our travels on their properties. A quick look at the two websites will tell you that I’m in trouble, and may have to stay in England a bit longer than anticipated to get through visiting all the places I would like to see.  I’m also thinking I may have to have a membership at both.

But that’s not what I was thinking when I took the original photo of this kitchen:

ISO 800 4.3mm f/2.7 1/800

ISO 800 4.3mm f/2.7 1/800

I was thinking, you could visit England and easily not visit this particular place.  You’d be missing something, but honestly, there are so many more well knowns spots that you’d probably visit instead.  To me a place like this is what you visit when you are a local.

When I walked into the kitchen and saw this set up I immediately thought of the film filter I was going to use. I had an idea of what I wanted the final Picfair version to look like. I knew what color cast I wanted and the grain and vignette I was going to add.  Those things I did in Lightroom.  I also removed a few spots on the wall, counter, and teacup.  I used the spot healing brush in Photoshop to do that.  I know Lightroom has healing brushes, but I just prefer the result when I use the ones in Photoshop.

What do you think of the edit? it does change the feel of the photo quite a bit I think. Are there places in your local area that you feel like might be missed by tourists?  Feel free to comment below.

Cheers!

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17 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Local

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  2. I actually really like the filter that you used. It gives the image a classic and old-style feel to it, very fitting for a National Trust property. Hope you get to visit all the heritage places at your own time. Planning travels isn’t always smooth sailing, even if it may be in your own backyard. Time and weather are big factors. That is what I find when I go to heritage sites around Victoria, Australia over the last few months. If the weather is unfavourable, it puts me off – makes it hard to get around.

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    • Thanks Mabel, the kitchen itself was set to give that old-time feel to it, so I thought this edit worked with that. It is funny that you mention the weather because we had two places selected for the weekend. This one won out because the weather was a bit unstable and this place had an indoor portion where we could hide from the rain, and boy did it rain for a bit.

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  3. I love the vintage feel, Amy. (I also like the clarity and realism of the original) but the effects of the process are very fitting for the scene. Post-processing is such an important creative flow.

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