Shadows Photography Challenge

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Shadows

Shadows
A shadowed path at Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent, processed in Topaz Impression and Powder Paint Effect.

As many of you may have gathered by now I am an avid Lightroom User and if I can do all of my processing in Lightroom I will.  Have WordPress excelled themselves?  You bet they have, but I will get back to that in a moment.  First of all it seems absolutely ages since I did a WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge and this week’s theme is called Shadow.  And I found the perfect photograph from Leeds Castle which has loads of shadows in it. Read more “WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Shadows”

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Floral

WordPress Photo Challenge – Tiny

A photograph of a tiny little flower taken at Great Comp Gardens, near Sevenoaks in Kent.
A photograph of a tiny little flower taken at Great Comp Gardens, near Sevenoaks in Kent.

 

It has been ages since I have entered the WordPress Photo Challenge… so I decided to enter this tiny little flower into this weeks theme called Tiny.

Photography Challenge

One Photo Focus – November

Photography by Julie Powell edited by RyanPhotography
Photography by Julie Powell edited by RyanPhotography

Already it is that time of month where we participate in a Photo Challenge hosted by Stacy Fischer of Visual Venturing.  Lately I have been working a lot with textures and as soon as I saw this photograph I thought ‘texture’.  And for this challenge I wanted to try something new… I wanted to see if I could do a reasonable edit with only using Lightroom Mobile and Apps on my Tablet.

My processing method was as follows:

  • Import Image into Lightroom Mobile and playing around with the settings.
  • Crop image
  • Save work to ‘Gallery’ on my Tablet
  • Using an app called ‘Photo-Layers’ I first off all added a texture as the background layer…
  • Then I added the Photo as a new layer and lowered the opacity so that the texture came through.
  • After saving and using the ‘Gallery Editing Features’ on my tablet I added a creative preset.
  • Before saving I added a small vignette.

Now I found the process rather time consuming.. and Lightroom Mobile on Android is rather Limited… because you can’t add radial filters or graduated filters… But I am rather pleased with the final image.. even though it has had no local adjustments made to it.

Stewie the Golden Retriever Animals

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?
Monochrome

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

Floral

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?

Monochrome

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.

Twirl Effect Monochrome

Monochrome Madness – MM:3-28

A photograph of a little pond at Leeds Castle, near Maidstone in Kent.
A photograph of a little pond at Leeds Castle, near Maidstone in Kent.

It is time once again for Monochrome Madness hosted by Leanne Cole Photography, and for the life of me I couldn’t pick a picture for love nor money … I kept processing one… and then resetting and then picked another photograph and reset it.  Whatever it was causing this non-artistic moment,  somehow I just couldn’t find the perfect photograph.  And of course I wanted to enter this week’s MM… so I thought I would try an abstract piece of artwork created using my Duck Pond Photograph and the twirling method using Photoshop with final edits in Lightroom.

Many thanks to Leanne for hosting this weekly challenge.

And what is the betting once the deadline for submitting a photograph has expired I will find that perfect photography 😀 😀 😀 .. I think they call it sod’s law. 😀 😀