The Dark Hedges, Falling Leaves, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland - This beautiful country road lined with beech trees (the trees are believed to be between 300 and 350 years old) was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. The location is a favourite spot for photographers, certainly on par with the Giant's Causeway, and has been used as a film location for the HBO series Game of Thrones, where it represented the King's Road. It was designed originally to impress visitors as they approached the Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. I took this photograph at sunrise fully zoomed in at 200mm on a full-frame camera for a compression effect. I added the autumn leaves in post using Photoshop. I photographed the leaves on a piece of paper, then used the magic wand tool to select and cut them out. I added various levels of blur to simulate distance and some downward directional motion blur to simulate falling. I don't normally do this creative type work, but it's a fun challenge to mix things up from time to time.
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