A few months ago I was contacted by Fonthill Mansion, they wanted to use one of my images to promote an event that would help with the restoration of Fonthill. I offered the image free of charge as long as they would allow me a private 4 hour shoot inside the mansion. They complied. I have an assortment of images from the days shoot in my Urbex gallery. Just scroll down to the bottom.
I created the image above before I got inside. I liked the secret passage door and since the sun was bright behind the building I decided to add a texture overlay and some “rays of light”. To add the light I used a Photoshop brush that I downloaded free from Brusheezy.
To create the “rays of light” in the image directly above, bring an image into Photoshop and duplicate the layer, Ctrl J or Cmd J for Mac users. Duplicating the layer is an important step as it will allow you to fine tune the zoom blur after you apply it. To access the Zoom Blur Filter you will need to go to Filter> Blur> Radial Blur, when the dialogue box opens slide the Amount to 100%. Blend Method to Zoom, Quality set to Good. Then click and drag the Blur Center (grid) where you want the blur to radiate from. This may take a few tries to get the zoom to radiate from where you want it. Once you have hit OK and applied the zoom you will need to tweak it using a layer mask. Be sure to use a soft brush and remove the zoom from all of the areas that you do not want affected. I left the overall darkness in the image as I felt it helped portray my thoughts as I shot this scene. For more on how to apply a zoom blur to an image-check out my latest eBook “A Guide to Creative Filters & Effects II”