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Palace of Fine Arts – San Francisco by RyanPhotography

Palace of Fine Arts – San Francisco by RyanPhotography

One of the places we visited whilst touring San Francisco back in May 2015 was the Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina district. Built in 1915 for the  Panama-Pacific Exposition; to exhibit works of art presented there.  The Palace was designed by the renowned architect Bernard R. Maybeck.  And was built during great turmoil in the world and San Francisco.  A city which was just recovering from the great earthquake and fire of 1906.

Set within wonderful grounds The Palace of Fine Arts features a lake and a fountain which you can stroll around.  With its wonderful architecture the Palace of Fine Arts has great photographic content.

Redevelopment of the Palace of Fine Arts is being considered by The City’s Recreation and Parks Department, with three proposals submitted to renovate the Palace of Fine Arts.

These proposals have been met with stiff opposition from the public and there is website called Save The Palace of Fine Arts. It would be a total shame if this wonderful place became more commercialised and lost it’s beautiful architectural qualities.

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Interior Photography – By RyanPhotography

Interior Photography – By RyanPhotography

Some of the places we visit are National Trust and English Heritage houses, which have spectacular interiors.  Most houses do allow photography, without a flash.  However some places totally forbid any form of photography, which is a total shame.

Animals and Wildlife by RyanPhotography

Animals and Wildlife by RyanPhotography

Apart from Photography the other passion in our lives is dogs.  We love our animals and they are part of the family… and don’t they know it! Boy do they take liberties with us. 😀 😀

We don’t get to do a lot of wildlife photography.  Which is more the pity, but we don’t have a zoom lens that is suitable for proper wildlife photography… so all our shots are primarily with a Canon 18-200mm lens and a Canon 75-300mm kit lens which came with the camera.

Twirl Effect by RyanPhotography

Twirl Effect by RyanPhotography

One artist that I do follow on Facebook and WordPress is Julie Powell who wrote a post about twirling and how to add a Twirl Effect to an image.  Julie is the photographer that taught me how to twirl my images into pieces of art.  Should you wish to try twirling please read the post called Twirling where the instructions on how to twirl a photograph are at the bottom of the Post.

Landscape Photography – By RyanPhotography

Landscape Photography – By RyanPhotography

One of our specialities of photography is Landscape Photography.  We just love capturing beautiful scenery from where we travel.  I would say the vast majority of our photography is landscape photography, with the rest being divided between architecture and floral photography.

Castles of Kent by RyanPhotography

Castles of Kent by RyanPhotography

Living in the South East of England is full of benefits and beautiful places to visit.  Castles are one of our favourite places to visit.  Castles are steeped in history and set within wonderful grounds with beautiful views.  Local to us is Rochester Castle and one of the favourite places we love to visit is Leeds Castle, near Maidstone in Kent.  By going a little further afield we have the wonderful castles, like Hever Castle, Dover Castle and Walmer Castle.

Woodland Walks by RyanPhotography

Woodland Walks by RyanPhotography

One of the pleasures we do love is strolling through woodland, especially in the spring time when the crocuses are in full bloom and the bluebells carpet the woodland floor.

Powder Paint Effect Artwork – By RyanPhotography

Powder Paint Effect Artwork – By RyanPhotography

One of the things that I have learned in Photoshop is how to add a Powder Paint Effect to an image.  I really enjoy doing this form of processing and here are a selection of images with the Powder Paint Effect applied to them. In addition to using Photoshop some plug-ins have been used in order to create certain effects in the images.

Floral Photography by RyanPhotography

Floral Photography by RyanPhotography

One of the many things that we love to photograph is flowers. When we visit stately homes, we thoroughly enjoy heading towards the gardens, especially in spring and summer. The flowers of spring and the sweet smell of roses are pure delight on a warm summer’s day.

Yosemite National Park – Ryan Photography – May 2015

Yosemite National Park – Ryan Photography – May 2015

In May 2015 we headed across the pond to America on our dream holiday. We started our travels in San Francisco and then headed towards Yosemite National Park in Sierra Nevada mountain range.  The views are breath-taking and to see one of the waterfalls in full force was every photographer’s dream.