Adding Rays of Light

Image Β© 2015/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ Fonthill Mansion

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. Β 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.

Image Β© 2015/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ Magnolia Gardens, Slave Cabin

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”


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18 Responses

  1. Jay Kaplan says:

    I like what you did with the first photo of the mansion. The Urbex gallery was very interesting. The first photo in the upper left hand corner really caught my eye. I think it was from the sanitarium which looks like something from the 18th or 19th century.

  2. Brilliant brilliance Denise! Excellent tutorial. I can envision using these rays of light especially to add a spiritual touch to a church or a monastery. It sure saves waiting hours for the light to come through a precise spot for only a fleeting moment!

    You just keep reinventing yourself and are nothing short of “amazing”!

  3. denise says:

    Peggy, thank you for your very kind words πŸ™‚

    Hi Francis, thank you an you are welcome.

    Hi Jay, thank you. That image was captured at Pennhurst Asylum.

    Hi Michelle, thank you very much πŸ™‚

    Hi Vicki, thank you kindly!

    Hi Diane, it’s been awhile, hope you are ell. Thanks for peeking in!

    Hi Carolyn, Thanks and I am glad you can use this technique in the future. I appreciate your kind words πŸ™‚

  4. Jeff Sielski says:

    Hi Denise, Outstanding work, I love the feel, the view and the power this image gives off!! Thank you so much for sharing!! It’s been a busy
    morning but a very good one was out photographing birds, you have to love Jersey!!

  5. Jeff Sielski says:

    Denise, I was just looking at the images in your gallery- love them, they
    evoke such emotion, power and warmth!! You should have a gallery
    showing at the Rotella Gallery, it’s in SoHo, It would be a huge hit!!

  6. denise says:

    Hi Andrew, Thanks and let me know how you make out!

    Hi Jeff, thank you kindly. I appreciate your support. I am very interested in a gallery showing at Rotella Gallery, if you know anyone please shoot me an email or share my work with them, thanks πŸ™‚

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