Eltham Court Palace Architecture

Eltham Court Palace in London

As many of you have gathered I am well and truly into this Powder Paint Effect. What I love about it.. is the simplicity of the processing and now I have figured away with using this in Lightroom; which is cutting down my processing workflow a little.  With only 10 days to go.. until Op Day.. I thought I would play around with a photograph from Eltham Court Palace.

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Urquhart Castle

A photograph of Urquhart Castle located at Loch Ness in Scotland.

On one of our days in Scotland last year… we drove to Loch Ness… and visited Urquhart Castle which is situated on the edge of the Loch… It was beautiful there.. and the scenery of Loch Ness is breath-taking.


Sheffield Park Gardens Manor

A photograph of the manor house which can be seen from Sheffield Park Gardens in East Sussex.

As you stroll around the grounds of Sheffield Park Gardens, in the distance is this Manor House.. unfortunately you can’t enter the house or the grounds and it is set in picturesque landscaped gardens sitting on a hillside overlooking the lake…

Leeds Castle Architecture

Leeds Castle

A photograph of Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent… with a replacement sky added in Photoshop.

I’ve been playing around with this image for the last couple of days… There was light coming from the rear of the castle which shone through the arches but the sky was bland… just one measly little cloud on the right-hand side of the photograph.  So I knew I wanted to do something with the sky and decided to replace that sky from Serge Ramelli with another I have in my collection of skies


The Bridge at Eltham Palace Gardens

Yesterday in my post about the moat at Eltham Palace Gardens, I mentioned a bridge that spans the moat which you have to cross before gaining entry into the Palace and Grounds.

A photograph of the bridge at Eltham Palace Gardens that spans the moat.

You can walk around the entire moat with its two-sided water feature and two-sided landscaped gardens.. When we were there on this particular day… the Canadian Geese were putting on a right display of squabbling… and it was quite funny to watch.

A photograph of the bridge at Eltham Palace Gardens that spans the moat.

This above photograph is shot from the other side of the bridge.. and I just love the colour of the stonework and the arches.

A photograph of the bridge at Eltham Palace Gardens that spans the moat.

It was very hard to capture the bridge and some people-removing was carried out in Photoshop.. that bridge has a lot of people standing there looking down on the moat.. and I had to wait until the majority of them moved before taking the shot… To be honest I never thought some of them were ever-moving.. and it took a lot of patience standing there waiting for the minimal amount of people on that bridge. 😀 😀


Eltham Palace

A photograph of the Palace at Eltham Palace Gardens in London – Rework


Well not a lot has changed in the hip department… so going out and finding new locations to photograph has taken the back burner for the time being.  However, I have been asked to do another tutorial for Topaz Labs which I will be doing in the near future.. and what with Christmas fast approaching … and my processing time somewhat reduced I did manage to do a rework of a photo of the palace which I took at Eltham Palace Gardens in London back in June 2013.


Dark and Moody – Canary Wharf

A photograph of Canary Wharf taken from North Greenwich… London.

Playing around again this morning… and I wanted to create a dark and moody photograph.. I did do an earlier version of this photograph primarily in Photoshop and posted it to Social Media… but I didn’t like it so I decided to see if I could replicate the photograph just by using Lightroom.  And this is where Lightroom’s new feature of Reference View came into play.  As I normally use Lightroom initially to process my photographs.. my Photoshop Edit was automatically imported back into Lightroom and that is what I used as my reference image..  And I have to say I do prefer the Lightroom edit..

A monochrome photograph of Canary Wharf taken from North Greenwich… London.


I do have a tendency to go for this style of image editing… I like the Dark and Moody look in my photographs…  I know it is not everyone’s cup of tea.. but for me no matter what other style I try to use.. I get drawn back to this Dark and Moody look… and to be honest I feel more in my comfort zone creating this type of imagery.

Palace of Fine Arts Architecture

Memories of San Francisco

Do you know what I can’t believe it has been over 18 months since we went to America… and on our very first stop on our tour was the lovely city of San Francisco… and the most beautiful, tranquil and inspiring place I visited there has to be the Palace of Fine Arts…  I would go to San Francisco again tomorrow if I had the chance and visit this beautiful architecture.

On our first full day in San Francisco the morning was occupied by a guided tour of the city… My heart skipped a beat when I saw the cable cars and Crooked Street.. the scenery, was beautiful and the above photograph was taken whilst on that guided tour.

From the Palace of Fine Arts out coach tour took us across the Golden Gate Bridge, to a viewpoint… overlooking the bridge and the bay… the mist was rolling in thick and fast… and we were told this was quite normal during the day… especially in the summer months..

A photograph of the Golden Gate Bridge, shrouded in the mid-morning mist.


In the afternoon our guided tour took us to Alcatraz…  I was glad I went to Alacatraz even though the boat ridge was a bit rough… but Alcatraz left me with a cold feeling.. especially when you saw how cramped the cells were and how they were stacked high upon each other…  it was dark and dismal and cold.  Our guide told us that the smells of the city, especially food smells would waft across the bay… as memory to the prisoners of what they were missing.

A photograph of Alcatraz in San Francisco.


The following day… was a free day and I had to return to the Palace of Fine Arts… it was a place I just wanted to explore.. even though we saw a lot of tourist places yesterday in San Francisco .. it was rather a whistle-stop tour and there wasn’t a lot of time to explore the sights. And the Palace of Fine Arts was on my revisit list as well as a ride on a cable car.

A photograph of the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco

The Palace of Fine Arts holds special memories for me… and I would jump at the chance to revisit San Francisco.. and to revisit this marvellous architecture.

A monochrome Photograph of the columns at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.


Now if my lottery numbers came up I would definitely buy one of those houses because I could spend forever and a day looking at this beautiful place… a place that is held dear to my heart.  I think the song is quite true you know… when they sing ‘I left my heart in San Francisco’  because I believe a little bit of my heart is there just longing for me to return.