Canary Wharf Cityscape

Overlooking Canary Wharf and the River Thames

Canary Wharf and River Thames
A photograph of the River Thames and Canary wharf taken from North Greenwich.

One of the main advantages of living in the South East of England is the easy access to London. Mind you, the drive during rush-hour is another thing and every day my hubby complains about the traffic that is on the A2. So we don’t get to visit London as must as I would like.  Read more “Overlooking Canary Wharf and the River Thames”

Iron Gate Landscape

The Iron Gate at Eltham Court Palace

As I mentioned way back… I have had 3 blog posts produced on the Topaz Labs Blog.. I have felt very humbled in being asked, by Jodi Robbins, to write articles for them.   Anyway.. the post I wrote was about adding Paint Effect to Photos and I used a photograph of a gate that was taken at Eltham Palace in London.

I wanted to give the image some different processing techniques using Lightroom and of course my new found craze of the Powder Paint Effect method of processing.

A photograph of a gate at Eltham Palace in London, that leads you down to the moat’s formal gardens.

Read more “The Iron Gate at Eltham Court Palace”

Russell Gardens Landscape

Russell Gardens Lake

Another place we like to visit is Russell Gardens near Kearsney Abbey Gardens, Dover, Kent… It is about a 40 min drive for us, so within easy access via the M20 Motorway.  Apart from there being a lake at Kearsney Abbey just across the road from Kearsney Abbey Gardens.. there is a lovely stream at Russell Gardens.. and a huge lake.

Eltham Court Palace Architecture

Eltham Court Palace in London

As many of you have gathered I am well and truly into this Powder Paint Effect. What I love about it.. is the simplicity of the processing and now I have figured away with using this in Lightroom; which is cutting down my processing workflow a little.  With only 10 days to go.. until Op Day.. I thought I would play around with a photograph from Eltham Court Palace.

Read more “Eltham Court Palace in London”

Greenhouse Floral

The Greenhouse at Walmer Castle

Walmer Castle Greenhouse
A photograph of the greenhouse at Walmer Castle – Powder Paint Effect

As you stroll around the gardens of Walmer Castle in Kent… you come across this greenhouse where they grow their seedlings… and I had to take its photograph.  I processed the above primarily in Photoshop and Lightroom using the Powder Paint Effect.  To add a difference to the image.. on my second rework I added a pink tint to the background. Read more “The Greenhouse at Walmer Castle”


Flowers From Lullingstone

A photograph of flowers taken at Lullingstone Castle processed in the Powder paint effect.

Still playing with the Powder Paint Effect another subject that this type of processing enhances is the photography of flowers…


The Bridge at Eltham Palace Gardens

Yesterday in my post about the moat at Eltham Palace Gardens, I mentioned a bridge that spans the moat which you have to cross before gaining entry into the Palace and Grounds.

A photograph of the bridge at Eltham Palace Gardens that spans the moat.

You can walk around the entire moat with its two-sided water feature and two-sided landscaped gardens.. When we were there on this particular day… the Canadian Geese were putting on a right display of squabbling… and it was quite funny to watch.

A photograph of the bridge at Eltham Palace Gardens that spans the moat.

This above photograph is shot from the other side of the bridge.. and I just love the colour of the stonework and the arches.

A photograph of the bridge at Eltham Palace Gardens that spans the moat.

It was very hard to capture the bridge and some people-removing was carried out in Photoshop.. that bridge has a lot of people standing there looking down on the moat.. and I had to wait until the majority of them moved before taking the shot… To be honest I never thought some of them were ever-moving.. and it took a lot of patience standing there waiting for the minimal amount of people on that bridge. 😀 😀


Eltham Palace

A photograph of the Palace at Eltham Palace Gardens in London – Rework


Well not a lot has changed in the hip department… so going out and finding new locations to photograph has taken the back burner for the time being.  However, I have been asked to do another tutorial for Topaz Labs which I will be doing in the near future.. and what with Christmas fast approaching … and my processing time somewhat reduced I did manage to do a rework of a photo of the palace which I took at Eltham Palace Gardens in London back in June 2013.