Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Monday morning… and Instagram

Monday morning… and Instagram

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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.

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Posted by Bren in Animals, Floral, Monochrome, Night Photography, Photography, 2 comments
Water Droplets – Dahlia

Water Droplets – Dahlia

A photograph of a red dahlia taken at Pashley Manor Gardens in East Sussex

A photograph of a red dahlia taken at Pashley Manor Gardens in East Sussex

During our little outing to Pashley Manor… I was changing lenses quite a bit… to be honest I found it a whole lot easier to change lenses when sitting down.. Anyway with my nifty-fifty lens… I captured this dahlia… and I just loved the water droplets on it… I think the gardens had been watered just before we got there as there were a couple of flowers with water droplets on them.

I wanted to process this photo slightly different.. as the original had a lot of green leaves in it.. so I used a split toning effect in Lightroom to give the leaves a reddish tone to them.

Lately I am finding that I want to experiment more in my processing techniques.. I am finding this very therapeutic and a great learning experience.. and what I love about using Lightroom is this.. if you muck it up and it doesn’t look right or you want to change something… fine – change it… the software is non-destructive so it won’t change your original photograph.

Now on another note – well a rant actually… a while back I wrote a post about YouPic.. well there I was watching TV last night… playing around with Lightroom Mobile and a message arrived in my Inbox from Youpic.

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I had to read it twice to make sure I read it right… and I had… I just couldn’t believe the level of sarcasm that emanated from that one email….  I know you can use Youpic for free.. but that kind of customer service is definitely not what I would call good or even decent.  If they think that is funny, and amusing… well they have just made this user delete their account.

In those 45 days… I could have been dealing with a deceased family member… laid up in hospital fighting for my life… been involved in some tragic event… been splattered on a motorway – I wasn’t involved in any of these events luckily – but an email like that is something you definitely wouldn’t want to receive… YouPic sort your customer service out..

Posted by Bren in Floral, Photography, 2 comments
Daffodil buds…

Daffodil buds…

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

As we ventured around Ightham Mote the other weekend… my usual lens (which I love) was making my camera feel so heavy that it was playing havoc with my arthritis so the only thing to do was to change to a much lighter lens.. so I opted for my nifty fifty lens..  and one of the first photographs I took with this lens was of these daffodil buds…

Even though I originally posted this photograph in March, I thought it would be the ideal candidate for the Weekly Photo Challenge held by WordPress.  This weeks theme (the 8th April) is Future and to me those buds are the start of life  to the daffodil that will be in full bloom in the coming weeks.

Posted by Bren in Floral, Photography, 2 comments
Colour, Black and white or ……

Colour, Black and white or ……

A total catastrophe.. 😀 😀  To be honest, I don’t know which… Yes I have done the usual thing, processed it, walked away from it… gone back to it… but the only trouble is every time I go and have another look at it… my mind keeps changing.

This is the original photo… liked the flower and I liked the yellow and brown in the petals and what attracted me to it was the blue hazy lights in the back.. but I don’t like the overall photo.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

So I decided to add a texture and see if that cheered it up a bit…  I added layers, changed the levels, played around with a gradient tool and then exported it back to Lightroom and added a couple of radial filters.  I ended up with this image…

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

I wanted the texturing and colouring to resemble the shape of the leaves and no matter how many times I keep going back to this photo I am still unsure of it… Don’t you hate it when you can’t decide.  But the burning question is… should this photo even be worthy of being put on this website?…

And I have to say, yes, simply because as far as processing is concerned… this one photo is standing firmly in all the categories of colour, monochrome and catastrophe.

Here is the black and white version.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

Now if anyone feels like taking the original image and processing it and having a go to see what they can come up with … please feel free… all I ask is that you post your processed photo in the comments below and a quick synopsis of how you achieved the said effect.

Original CR2 DownloadOriginal JPEG Download

Looking forward, hopefully, to seeing your results.

Posted by Bren in Floral, Photography Challenge, 0 comments
Textured Flower

Textured Flower

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Photographer: Bren Ryan
Location: Wakehurst Place, West Sussex
Date: 27th June 2015
Camera: Canon EOS 600D
Lens: Canon EF Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Aperture: f/3.2
Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 50 mm
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Wakehurst Place Revisited.

Wakehurst Place Revisited.

Saturday came, at long last.  Boy didn’t it seem like a long week… and we finally managed to go out and photograph somewhere we have visited before.  We decided to return to Wakehurst Place, in West Sussex.  The following picture is taken by the lake as you overlook the lake towards the main house.  I wanted to create a dreamy, almost paint effect photograph.. one that was soft and I think I managed to do it using my nifty fifty lens.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

The following photograph is one taken down by the waterfall… as you follow the stream down into the gardens and woodland.  I just love the little wooden bridge that you could walk over.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

It was beautiful there, warm and pleasant and a wonderful place to visit.  Ideal for picnics but be prepared for the parking charges.  We’ve never had to pay for car park before, as members of the National Trust, but it seems they have enforced a new parking system, and even as members of the National Trust we had to pay for parking.

Posted by Bren in Landscape, Photography, 0 comments
Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

Yesterday was our first real day out back in the UK, what seems to be like months.  We decided to go to Riverhall Himalayan Gardens in Kent.  We have driven many a time by the sign post and have said on numerous occasions we must visit there.. and yesterday was the day.

The gardens and woodland are set on a hillside… and a sensible pair of walking shoes are needed… Oh dear guess who didn’t wear the correct footwear?  Yes… ME. 😀 😀

Anyway I managed and the views of Weald of Kent, as you climb what is called their Mount Everest, are breathtaking and spectacular.  Yesterday was a dismal day, overcast, and muggy… so there was a haze and mist but even so… the views were beautiful.

Of course as we came down from the hillside, he did look at me and said ‘Perhaps after climbing that mountain we should have gone naked?’  To which I replied in no uncertain terms… ‘I’m not climbing up there again… and I don’t think the Weald of Kent would appreciate such antics.’ 😀 😀 😀

This picture is taken from the walled garden looking back to Riverhill House.

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Godinton House and Gardens

Godinton House and Gardens

Finding somewhere to go in the winter come early spring is thwart with difficulty at times.  Most places are shut until the start of Easter especially if you love visiting stately homes with gardens.  So you are limited, of course we could go back to the old places we have visited, which we did the other day by revisiting Scotney Castle, but sometimes you long for a new venture.

Somewhere different, some place you have never been to before, and another place to photograph.

So as time was limited on Saturday afternoon, it had to be somewhere local.. Ashford isn’t too far away, just down the M20 so, we decided to go to Godinton House and Gardens.

Again there wasn’t many people there and we had some wonderful photo opportunities, photographing the exterior of the house and surrounding countryside.  Photographs which I am at the moment processing.  But here is a few photographs of the spring flowers, that was on show at Godinton… and Godinton will definitely be on our list to revisit this summer.  We could only imagine how beautiful the gardens will look in summer, so it is a must for us to return.

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