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WPC – Atop – Overlooking the countryside

WPC – Atop – Overlooking the countryside

Overlooking the countryside at Bodiam

On top of Bodiam Castle overlooking the Countryside.

Another week and another WordPress photography challenge.  And the theme this week is Atop. The above image is my final image processed in Lightroom.  And for this challenge I used an image taken way back in 2014 at the top of Bodiam Castle overlooking the East Sussex Countryside. Continue reading →

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Posted by Bren in Landscape, Photography, Photography Challenge, 7 comments
Instagram the social media hub for photographers

Instagram the social media hub for photographers

Prayer Room - Instagram

A photograph of the prayer room at Tilbury Fort processed with a powder paint effect.

Lately I have found myself using Instagram a lot more to showcase our photographs.  Using the Lightroom plugin you can easily export your images to this social network along with the image Title, Caption and Keywords. Continue reading →

Posted by Bren in Interior, Landscape, Photography, 2 comments
Maroon Flower from The Salutation

Maroon Flower from The Salutation

A photograph of a flower taken at The Salutation in Sandwich.

Back in July 2015 we visited The Salutation in Sandwich, Kent… and I took a photograph of a wonderful, vivid, maroon coloured flower.  I played around with the crop and did some small edits in Lightroom before exporting this image to Photoshop.

Keeping with the powder paint effect I have been doing recently… I then decided to tone down the flower and create this version of the image

A photograph of a flower taken at The Salutation in Sandwich, processed in Lightroom and given a Powder Paint Effect.

To create that effect I added  Vibrance, Saturation and Gradient Map adjustment layers to the image..  I then added a colour overlay to the box outline.  Once my image was imported back into Lightroom I did two further edits, by creating virtual copies.

A photograph of a flower taken at The Salutation in Sandwich, processed in Lightroom and given a Powder Paint Effect.

With my final edit being a monochrome version

A photograph of a flower taken at The Salutation in Sandwich, processed in Lightroom and given a Powder Paint Effect.

 

Have a good weekend everyone and happy snapping. 😀 😀 😀

Posted by Bren in Digital Art, Floral, Photography, 2 comments
The Bridge at Eltham Palace Gardens

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. 😀 😀

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The Moat – Eltham Palace Gardens

The Moat – Eltham Palace Gardens

A photograph of the moat at Eltham Palace Gardens

One of the places we love to visit is Eltham Palace Gardens in London.. which is owned and maintained by the English Heritage… The Palace is surrounded by a moat, with two of moat being water and the other two sides being formal gardens…

To gain access to the Palace you have to cross a stone bridge and the above photograph was taking whilst standing on that bridge looking down at the moat.

Even though I liked the above photograph purely processed in Lightroom; I wanted to take it a step further and decided to process the image in Photoshop using Topaz Texture Effects 2 and Topaz Impression.

A photograph of the moat at Eltham Palace Gardens processed in Lightroom and Topaz Texture Effects 2

What I liked above using the Topaz Texture Effects 2 was that it gave more definition to the tree branches and trunks as well as the sky.  I didn’t want a heavy texture applied to the image as I wanted the texture to add subtle hints of texture. The above image is straight from Photoshop without adding any further edits in Lightroom.

A photograph of the moat at Eltham Palace Gardens processed in Lightroom, Topaz Impression and Topaz Texture Effects 2

The above is the final image after adding Topaz Impression 2 to the image… I love the paint effect and I added some dodging and burning using radial filters in Lightroom to give the image a feeling of there being many light sources.

Even though I love all three images my favourite is the painted effect image created by Topaz Impression 2… and I am quite pleased with the effect these plugins gave the image especially when you add the image to a frame.

And if you want to add a frame to your image you can download the frames in jpeg images and lrtemplates for both landscape and portrait frames by clicking HERE.

Posted by Bren in Landscape, Photography, 4 comments
Santa was sure good ….

Santa was sure good ….

A photograph of a wooded area at Great Comp Gardens processed in Topaz Impression

 

Well Christmas is over and only the New Year celebrations left to get through before I start getting back to my photography… And boy was Santa a good Santa this year… I did get my soft-box and a new 24mm Pancake Lens and an extension tube for my camera… plus Topaz Impression plug-in.

As many of you have read… no way can I get the Oil Paint Filter in Photoshop to work on my desktop PC no matter whatever I try and I do like playing around with this filter… so hubby treated my to Topaz Impression which gives you many styles of painting effects.  Again this plugin is compatible with both Photoshop and Lightroom and the above photograph was created using the Photoshop and Topaz Impression

This photograph was created primarily in Lightroom with Topaz Impression being used to give it a painterly look.

A photograph of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco processed in Topaz Impression.

 

I am loving this new plugin and there is a lot of learn and many things you can do to a photograph and again you have the great opportunity to be able to download presets from the Topaz Community.

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Baubles and Flowers

Baubles and Flowers

A photography of a hydrangea taken at Great Comp Gardens in Kent

 

I just love the pink shade of this hydrangea… which was photographed at Great Comp Gardens in Kent… Hydrangeas are beautiful and they seem to flower all year-long.. well until the frost gets them… but once the weather turns warm again they soon begin the bloom.

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

 

Another flower from Great Comp was this delicate winter flower… sorry I don’t know what it is but I just love how strong that stem is.

Now under my tree I where this bauble hangs..

A photograph of a Christmas Bauble hanging from our tree.

 

Is a space for a soft box and lighting which I hope Santa brings (hint hint)…  that way if I can’t get out and about to take photographs I will be able to photograph objects within my home..

 

Posted by Bren in Floral, Miscellaneous, Photography, 2 comments
The beach at Monterey

The beach at Monterey

A photograph of the beach at Monterey California.

Our final stop on our grand tour of the West Coast of the United States, ended with a 3 day stop at Monterey… our hotel was right there on the beach… and we had wonderful views of the coastline and Monterey….  during our second day there… the Pacific Ocean came crashing into the shoreline as the winds increased..

The following two photographs were taken on our very first night there as the sun was setting over Monterey

A photograph of the sun as it was setting at Monterey California

A photograph of the sun as it was setting at Monterey California

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The Eiffel at Las Vegas..

The Eiffel at Las Vegas..

A photograph of the Eiffel Tower Replica on the Strip at Las Vegas.

 

I have been playing around with this photo for a while… but the night that was taken the sky was dark and overcast and there wasn’t a star in sight… so with the powers of Photoshop I recreated a moon and clouds.. by adding an overlay and masking out the parts where I didn’t want the clouds to appear.

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Memories of San Francisco

Memories of San Francisco

Do you know what I can’t believe it has been over 18 months since we went to America… and on our very first stop on our tour was the lovely city of San Francisco… and the most beautiful, tranquil and inspiring place I visited there has to be the Palace of Fine Arts…  I would go to San Francisco again tomorrow if I had the chance and visit this beautiful architecture.

On our first full day in San Francisco the morning was occupied by a guided tour of the city… My heart skipped a beat when I saw the cable cars and Crooked Street.. the scenery, was beautiful and the above photograph was taken whilst on that guided tour.

From the Palace of Fine Arts out coach tour took us across the Golden Gate Bridge, to a viewpoint… overlooking the bridge and the bay… the mist was rolling in thick and fast… and we were told this was quite normal during the day… especially in the summer months..

A photograph of the Golden Gate Bridge, shrouded in the mid-morning mist.

 

In the afternoon our guided tour took us to Alcatraz…  I was glad I went to Alacatraz even though the boat ridge was a bit rough… but Alcatraz left me with a cold feeling.. especially when you saw how cramped the cells were and how they were stacked high upon each other…  it was dark and dismal and cold.  Our guide told us that the smells of the city, especially food smells would waft across the bay… as memory to the prisoners of what they were missing.

A photograph of Alcatraz in San Francisco.

 

The following day… was a free day and I had to return to the Palace of Fine Arts… it was a place I just wanted to explore.. even though we saw a lot of tourist places yesterday in San Francisco .. it was rather a whistle-stop tour and there wasn’t a lot of time to explore the sights. And the Palace of Fine Arts was on my revisit list as well as a ride on a cable car.

A photograph of the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco

The Palace of Fine Arts holds special memories for me… and I would jump at the chance to revisit San Francisco.. and to revisit this marvellous architecture.

A monochrome Photograph of the columns at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

 

Now if my lottery numbers came up I would definitely buy one of those houses because I could spend forever and a day looking at this beautiful place… a place that is held dear to my heart.  I think the song is quite true you know… when they sing ‘I left my heart in San Francisco’  because I believe a little bit of my heart is there just longing for me to return.

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