Monochrome

Ashenbank Woods – Powder Paint Effect

Ashenbank Woods – Powder Paint Effect

I have always liked the photograph I did of Ashenbank woods where I created a water reflection to a landscape to add a different aspect to the photograph.

Anyway today I decided I would try creating a Powder Paint Effect to this photograph.

A photograph of Ashenbank Woods created in Photoshop to create water reflection and given Powder Paint Effect.

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Posted by Bren in Digital Art, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, 8 comments
Leeds Castle

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

Posted by Bren in Architecture, Monochrome, Photography, 0 comments
Dark and Moody – Canary Wharf

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.

Posted by Bren in Architecture, Cityscape, Monochrome, Photography, 0 comments
From Maidstone to Dover…

From Maidstone to Dover…

Taking time out from blogging… has proven to be beneficial for me… firstly I am not tied to a computer all day long and secondly some of my processing can be achieved on my tablet.. whilst sitting there watching TV.  Again another weekend went by and I didn’t manage to get out and take photographs… and hopefully if the sun shines this weekend I will be back at Leeds Castle for the Christmas Market.

Anyway talking of Leeds Castle… here are a coloured and monochrome version of the same image as you look over the lake towards Leeds Castle.

A monochrome photograph of Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent.

A monochrome photograph of Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent.

 

A photograph of Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent.

A photograph of Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent.

 

An earlier photograph that I posted to social media this week was one that I took of the lake at Russell Gardens, near Kearsney Abbey in Dover.

A photography of the lake at Russell Gardens, Kearsney in Kent.

A photography of the lake at Russell Gardens, Kearsney in Kent.

 

You may have noticed that I have played around with our watermark… and added a graphic to our watermark… this I achieved in Photoshop…  by creating a transparent background document and using a png image and then text in various fonts.

I hope you all had a good weekend and again apologies for no new photographs… boy will I be glad to get this hip sorted… once and for all.

Until my next post.. take care and happy snapping.

Posted by Bren in Architecture, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, 0 comments
The Pavilion

The Pavilion

A photograph of the wooden pavilion at Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent

A photograph of the wooden pavilion at Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent

 

Within the spectacular grounds of Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent… is this Pavilion.. which sits on an incline… at the bottom of the green at this pavilion is a stream… Luckily when I photographed this pavilion on this particular day most of the people were sitting on the grass so they were easily removed using Photoshop.

Posted by Bren in Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, 0 comments
Monday morning… and Instagram

Monday morning… and Instagram

lioness

Well it is Monday morning again.. and due to hip problems.. I still haven’t been able to get out and about… so for me this weekend.. was a weekend of sitting in, and playing with Apps on my tablet, Oil Paint Filter in Photoshop, Monochrome Photography and not forgetting Textures in Topaz Texture Effects 2.

I am now using my tablet more and more, due to it being able to run Photoshop Mix.. but for the Oil paint effect photographs.. I did resort to Photoshop for the Oil Paint Filter.

My two oil paint photographs, were of a lioness taken at Whipsnade Zoo and daffodils which were just about to bloom at Ightham Mote.

 

My textured photos were created using Photoshop Mix for the woodland photos

 

and Topaz Texture Effects 2 for the floral photography

 

My final two photographs were monochrome photos…

 

 

I really liked the Lioness photograph so I added a frame to that using the Print Module in Lightroom, well that is what I did all weekend… hope you all had a good weekend and I look forward to seeing all your photographs, on your blogs.

Posted by Bren in Animals, Floral, Monochrome, Night Photography, Photography, 2 comments
52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 12 – Face

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 12 – Face

Stewie

Stewie – head on pillow.

This is my first entry into this particular photo challenge.. hosted by ‘The Girl That Dreams Awake’.. and the theme for this week is ‘Face’.  As I am very wary of putting children’s faces on the internet… and I would have loved to share photos of my grand children… but for safety’s sake I have opted for the next safest bet.. my dogs..

Dumpling

Dumpling – take my photo mum… please

 

And my last picture is of Stewie looking at what his little sis is getting up to.

Stewie

Stewie – what is she up to?

Posted by Bren in Animals, Monochrome, Photography Challenge, 2 comments
Monochrome Madness 3:29 – Travel Theme

Monochrome Madness 3:29 – Travel Theme

A photograph taken from British Airways A380 plane

A photograph taken from British Airways A380 plane

My god this was a hard monochrome theme this week, especially for me as we are both primarily a landscape and flower photographers, but I was determined to enter Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 3:29 – Travel Theme photo challenge.

So I had to look in our archive and I came across this photograph which I took when we were travelling on an A380 plane back in April 2015, as we flew over the snow-caps of Greenland heading towards San Francisco.

A huge thanks goes out to Leanne for hosting this challenge.. and I am sure I can speak for everyone that enters.. we greatly appreciate the work and effort you put in to making this challenge such a success…. Thank you Leanne xx

Posted by Bren in Monochrome, Photography, Photography Challenge, 2 comments
The Vase – Take Six

The Vase – Take Six

A photograph of a vase full of flowers taken at Hall Place in Kent.

A photograph of a vase full of flowers taken at Hall Place in Kent. – SOOC

Experimentation.. is the word here… And on one of the very many visits, we have taken to Hall Place, we decided to go into the house.. as we walked through the corridor.. sitting neatly on a windowsill was this vase full of flowers.  The original photograph was shot with a Panasonic Lumix FZ-48 camera…and was photographed in jpeg.

Sitting here today I decided to do some different editing techniques on this photograph… and my first was a ‘Western Looking’ edit, which gave a sepia toned, desaturated colour look to the photograph.

A photograph of a vase full of flowers taken at Hall Place in Kent.

A photograph of a vase full of flowers taken at Hall Place in Kent.

My next edit for this photograph was created in Topaz Texture Effects 2.. and I wanted a grunge looking feel to the photograph… with a lot of texture.

A photograph of a vase full of flowers taken at Hall Place in Kent.

A photograph of a vase full of flowers taken at Hall Place in Kent.

 

My third edit was a washed looking feel .. kind of edit…

A photograph of a vase full of flowers taken at Hall Place in Kent.

A photograph of a vase full of flowers taken at Hall Place in Kent.

And for my fourth edit.. I decided to do a monochrome edit.

A photograph of a vase full of flowers taken at Hall Place in Kent.

A photograph of a vase full of flowers taken at Hall Place in Kent.

For my fifth edit… I stayed with a monochrome theme and lightened the photograph up to create a soft high key sort of image.

A photograph of a vase full of flowers taken at Hall Place in Kent.

A photograph of a vase full of flowers taken at Hall Place in Kent.

I think the above two black and white photographs.. would also be good submissions into Cee’s Black and White – Looking through a Window Photograph Challenge.

And for my last edit.. I chose a colour edit with rays of sunlight coming through the window..

A photograph of a vase full of flowers taken at Hall Place in Kent.

A photograph of a vase full of flowers taken at Hall Place in Kent.

All the above photographs were created using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, except for the one which was created in Topaz Texture Effects 2.  The powers of Lightroom are phenomenal, and in this experiment I think my favourite two are the High Keyed Black and White and the Western Looking Edit. Do you have a favourite? And if so why?

Posted by Bren in Floral, Monochrome, Photography, Photography Challenge, 4 comments
Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Looking Through a Window

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Looking Through a Window

A sepia toned photograph of a window taken at Bateman's House

A sepia toned photograph of a window taken at Bateman’s House

I just can’t believe it has been a whole week since Cee’s last black and white photo challenge.. my god where does the time go? Anyway, Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Looking Through a Window is the theme for this week’s challenge.

For this challenge I decided to do two photographs.. the photograph above is looking through a window at Bateman’s House in East Sussex  looking out towards the gardens.

A photograph of one of the old windows at Old Scotney Castle

A photograph of one of the old windows at Old Scotney Castle

And the second photograph is one of a window that is now part of the old ruins of the Old Castle, at Scotney Castle, near Lamberhurst in Kent. I just love how the outside is now creeping in embracing the wooden frame of the old window.

Many thanks to Cee for hosting these challenges it is greatly appreciated.

Posted by Bren in Monochrome, Photography, Photography Challenge, 2 comments