Allington Locks Landscape

Looking down the lock at Allington Locks near Maidstone

Allington Locks
A photograph of the River Medway taken at Allington Locks near Maidstone in Kent

It was so lovely to get out last Monday, even though I didn’t walk far.  However, I did send him off on an expedition down the locks at Allington, near Maidstone in Kent.  The landscape was barren and the trees were still bare but you could see the start of spring slowly appearing in the landscaped area. Read more “Looking down the lock at Allington Locks near Maidstone”


Relaxing by the river at Allington Locks

Allington Locks
On the River at Allington Locks, Maidstone, Kent.

Whey hey, I am home from hospital.  My right hip has been replaced and I can now walk without that excruciating pain. Taking it careful for the next 6 weeks to stop any chance of dislocation I am finding hard.  However, I am so glad that awful pain has finally gone.  I was only in hospital for 3 nights.  And by Monday I felt good enough to have a little stroll along the banks of the River Medway at Allington Locks, near Maidstone in Kent. Read more “Relaxing by the river at Allington Locks”


Stormy skies on the road to Mallaig

Stormy Skies
A photograph of a valley taken from the A820 in Scotland as we headed towards Mallaig.

What can anybody say about Scotland and its inhabitants?  Firstly they would have to say the locals are friendly, helpful and very welcoming and the landscape is breath-taking, especially through the Highlands.  The only thing is they have a lot of rain. And with the rain comes some very stormy skies which within themselves are a photographer’s delight. Read more “Stormy skies on the road to Mallaig”


A Bridge – On the road to Mallaig in…

On the road to Mallaig
A photograph of a bridge on the A830 in Scotland processed in a Powder Paint Effect. (Final Image)

Last summer our holiday took us to the Highlands in Scotland.  Staying in Glencoe we headed out each day to photograph the wonderful scenery and spectacular mountains.  On this particular day we headed to Mallaig, a fishing port on the coast of Scotland. Read more “A Bridge – On the road to Mallaig in Scotland”

Iron Gate Landscape

The Iron Gate at Eltham Court Palace

As I mentioned way back… I have had 3 blog posts produced on the Topaz Labs Blog.. I have felt very humbled in being asked, by Jodi Robbins, to write articles for them.   Anyway.. the post I wrote was about adding Paint Effect to Photos and I used a photograph of a gate that was taken at Eltham Palace in London.

I wanted to give the image some different processing techniques using Lightroom and of course my new found craze of the Powder Paint Effect method of processing.

A photograph of a gate at Eltham Palace in London, that leads you down to the moat’s formal gardens.

Read more “The Iron Gate at Eltham Court Palace”

Russell Gardens Landscape

Russell Gardens Lake

Another place we like to visit is Russell Gardens near Kearsney Abbey Gardens, Dover, Kent… It is about a 40 min drive for us, so within easy access via the M20 Motorway.  Apart from there being a lake at Kearsney Abbey just across the road from Kearsney Abbey Gardens.. there is a lovely stream at Russell Gardens.. and a huge lake.

Greenhouse Floral

The Greenhouse at Walmer Castle

Walmer Castle Greenhouse
A photograph of the greenhouse at Walmer Castle – Powder Paint Effect

As you stroll around the gardens of Walmer Castle in Kent… you come across this greenhouse where they grow their seedlings… and I had to take its photograph.  I processed the above primarily in Photoshop and Lightroom using the Powder Paint Effect.  To add a difference to the image.. on my second rework I added a pink tint to the background. Read more “The Greenhouse at Walmer Castle”