Akaroa Lighthouse

Akaroa is a small township on a natural harbour approx 1 1/2 hrs drive from Christchurch.  It was originally settled by a large french contingent so all the main streets are Rue xxxx and it embraces its french heritage.

Last weekend was French Fest, its annual celebration and I was lucky enough to get accomodation for the friday night and took the day off work.  The weather was mostly stunning, warm and sunny and I enjoyed a long walk across the town with my camera with a friend.

One aim was to capture the lighthouse which I had managed to miss photographing on my previous trips.  There were a few tourists around but I managed to find a gap and ask a family to wait for a moment so I got some people free shots.

The photo art above is done in the Anna Aspnes style, we have been provided a couple of her Art Play kits as part of our Awake course content, and I have been wanting to try this style for a while.

The background was assembled out of various Art Play elements, I did the watercolour of the lighthouse separately and bought that in, added the embellishments and a textural overlay to tone it together.


This is the original lighthouse image I started with.
Personally I find creating the background really fun, and adding in the main image element works well.  Where it comes unstuck for me is adding the embellishments, I find that *really* challenging to find something that works and adds value to the overall image.

Do you like this way of working in a different way with your images?  Got any handy tips to share?

All feedback and comments welcome!

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16 Responses to Akaroa Lighthouse

  1. Nicci says:

    I love the results! Yes, I want to try this!

  2. This looks fabulous. I love this lighthouse. I took so many photos while I was there

  3. desleyjane says:

    Love it! And I love Akaroa, such a pretty little spot. I think your edit is superb.

    • lensaddiction says:

      Akaroa was looking her best on this afternoon, it was just lovely. I had a couple of goes at editing this, it seems to work better with a squarer composition, I had too much empty space for the more rectangular version I did first.

  4. I think it looks perfect between the blue paint blotches and then historic from layer.

  5. Sue says:

    Interesting! I like the calm, restful result

  6. leecleland says:

    Adding embellishments is a very personal thing Stacey and sometimes less is more. I like what you finished up with on this one, enough not too much. The hardest thing for me is bleeding the image into the background so it looks natural, I try and try and often prefer the original straight edges but it’s not what I’m trying to get. I guess like you it’s a matter of trying again and again until something clicks and it all feels and looks right to us.

    • lensaddiction says:

      Less is definately more, because I had a lot going on with the background I seriously considered not adding any, but they give that 3d dimension which I really like, thanks Lee

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