Allington Locks

Looking down the lock at Allington Locks near Maidstone

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. Continue reading →

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Relaxing by the river at Allington Locks

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. Continue reading →

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Monday Morning Pics…

Monday Morning Pics…

A photograph of a Swan gliding on the River Medway at Allington Locks in Kent.

A photograph of a Swan gliding on the River Medway at Allington Locks in Kent.

It is Monday morning and I just can’t believe how fast the weekend went by… I am positive someone is stealing hours from the weekend…. they just seem to get shorter and shorter.  Anyway the above photograph is one of a swan gliding up and down the River Medway at Allington Locks near Maidstone in Kent.

Normally I don’t apply filters when I post my photographs on Instagram but for this image I liked what colours one of the filters gave me… don’t ask which one it was because I simply can’t remember for certain… but I have a feeling it was Juno or something like that.

A photograph of a Swan gliding on the River Medway at Allington Locks in Kent.

A photograph of a Swan gliding on the River Medway at Allington Locks in Kent.

I liked how the filter gave the water a greenish tint..

My next photograph which I haven’t posted to Instagram yet is one of the Lighthouse at Dungeness in Kent.

A photograph of the Lighthouse at Dungeness in Kent.

A photograph of the Lighthouse at Dungeness in Kent.

Again this image was created using Topaz Texture Effects and Lightroom.. there were a lot of wires in the image so using Photoshop I cloned them out… and then from Photoshop I used a Topaz Texture Filter to enhance the sky and give the clouds some definition.

My last image for this morning comes from a trip we made on Saturday to Great Comp Garden near Sevenoaks in Kent.

A photograph of a fuschia taken at Great Comp Gardens in Kent.

A photograph of a fuchsia taken at Great Comp Gardens in Kent.

Again this photograph was one where I used Topaz Texture Effects 2 and Lightroom…  I am in the process of going through the photos we took on Saturday and will post them in due course.

I hope everyone had a good weekend, like we did,  and that they were able to go happy snapping….

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Boats at Allington

Boats at Allington

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Allington Locks at Maidstone is one of those places that is lovely to visit when the sun shines. Set beside the River Medway, is the Malta Inn… which has a wonderful menu and a scrumptious desert menu… if I have to say so myself.

Many years ago when I visited Allington Locks, their was just a chain railing, but I suppose with kids running around it wasn’t deemed safe.  But I can remember how it looked and how you could walk alongside the river bank towards Maidstone.

Picture Details

Photographer: Ashley Ryan
Location: Allington Locks, Maidstone, Kent
Date: 17th March 2015
Camera: Canon EOS 70D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 145 mm
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Iron Gate

Iron Gate

Polesden Lacey

Photographer: Bren Ryan
Location: Polesden Lacey
Date: 12th May 2012
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ-48
Lens: n/a
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 13.2 mm

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Scale.”

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Canadian Goose

Canadian Goose

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Photographer: Bren Ryan
Location: Allington Locks, Maidstone Kent
Date: 17th March 2015
Camera: Canon EOS 600D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter Speed: 1/60 sec
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 110 mm
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Allington Locks

Allington Locks

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Photographer: Bren Ryan
Location: Allington Locks, Maidstone, Kent
Date: 17th March 2015
Camera: Canon EOS 600D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Aperture: f/5
Shutter Speed: 1/400sec
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 71mm
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Allington Locks…

Allington Locks…

Here in the South East of England, on St Patrick’s Day, the sun shone.  It was a lovely day and it was definitely far too lovely to sit indoors.  By luck hubby had the afternoon off and so we decided to take ourselves off to somewhere local to take some photographs.  But where to go?  Then I remembered a place we visited years ago by the River Medway called Allington Locks.

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley RYan

Down by the river is the Malta Inn, which of course had to be visited. Best part of photography, sampling the local pubs and restaurants.  However, for the first time in years, I made a major error.  I had been photographing some flowers indoors and raised my ISO to 200 and did the classic of not going back to ISO 100, which I normally shoot at.

Which caused a problem when I uploaded my pictures to Lightroom, they looked all washed out.  Could just kick myself as it was beautiful there on this sunny afternoon.

But here is one that I did manage to rescue in Lightroom

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

And hubby managed to get this magnificent swan gliding down the River Medway towards the locks.

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

One thing we did find out though… was that there is a river cruise in the summer months, that takes you down the River Medway in the evening… will definitely have to book that up.. and of course to remember to have the correct settings on my camera before I start clicking away 😀 😀 😀

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