The week gone by and one step closer

Flower of the Week

A photograph of a purple flower taken at Great Comp Gardens with Powder Paint Effect

Slowly and surely I am getting more and more mobile.  And I am counting down the days until the 20th March when I see my consultant and I hope on that particular day he says I can remove these awful surgical stockings and that I am fit enough to drive.  Being copped up is doing my head in to be honest.  With just over one week to go before seeing him, I know these final few days are going to drag.

What I love about the above photograph is the raindrops on the petals.

Continuing with the floral theme on Instagram this week I have played around with a photograph of tulips and another photograph of flowers which I have processed using different Lightroom Presets.

I can’t express enough how much I love this type of photography.  Some images this effect works with and other’s it doesn’t. It is just a case of trial and error to find an image that compliments this Powder Paint Effect.

Another image that I processed this last week was a photograph of an ornate bridge the crosses the River Dour at Russell Gardens which is on the other side of the road to Kearsney Abbey Gardens.

An ornate bridge at Russell Gardens near Dover in Kent processed in a Powder Paint Effect.

Another architectural image that I decided to use for this processing method was one I took of the banks of the River Medway at Maidstone.

A photograph of buildings along the River Medway at Maidstone processed in a Powder Paint Effect

WordPress Photography Challenge this Week

Earlier this week I entered a photograph into the WordPress Weekly Photography Challenge titled The Road Taken and the following images are in keeping with that photography challenge theme.

A photograph of a roadside scene on the road to Mallaig – not a car in sight processed with a Powder Paint Effect.

The above image just shows how little traffic there is.  I just couldn’t believe how clear the roads are in Scotland.  Here is the South East of England you are in a traffic jam wherever you drive.  Be it local or long distance.  Truthfully our local authority must have a bargain basement price on traffic lights.  Naturally with these lights being every 50-100 yards or so, they do absolutely nothing to reduce traffic congestion.  In fact they cause more congestion and tail backs. Of course this  doesn’t make driving pleasurable anymore.  And here I am wanting to drive again.  Talk about gearing myself up for being frustrated behind the wheel because of traffic lights and the congestion they create. 😀 😀 😀

Using Photoshop I processed the above image to make the background colours compliment the colours of the image.  From the start I knew from the beginning I wanted to do a paint effect to this image.   By using  the Topaz Impression plug-in within Photoshop I knew that I could do the effect I wanted.  Because the Topaz Impression plugin gives you a variety of pre-installed presets to use as well as different brushes.  By selecting one of pre-installed presets included in the software and by lowering the opacity of the Preset, I got the effect I wanted.

Roadside scene on the road to Mallaig – not a car in sight processed with a Powder Paint Effect.

Have a good weekend everyone and stay safe wherever you are!


Posted by Bren

I am an amateur photographer, blogger and digital artist as well as being the female half of RyanPhotography. We both have a keen interest in landscape and floral photography. And we live in Kent, also known as the Garden of England, in the United Kingdom. We both have a desire to travel and hopefully one day move to somewhere where it is picturesque and a photographer's delight.


Your pictures are just beautiful, really awesome. The buildings and the flowers but I think I prefer the flowers. Like delicate paintings.

Thank you very much… the flowers are the ones I love doing the most.

Emilio Pasquale

Bren, I love this technique. I’m going to attempt it on some of my own images and see what I come up with, though I don’t use photoshop at all.

Do you have Photoshop Elements or Gimp because it is just a load of layers and the main one being the clipping mask.

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