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Mothering Sunday and much more… such a glorious weekend

Mothering Sunday and much more… such a glorious weekend

Mothering weekend for me started on Saturday when my husband bought his mum and I some wonderful flowers … actually our favourite flower place is along the A13 in a layby… they have such beautiful flowers at very reasonable prices. And believe it or not, unlike other places, they don’t hike their prices because it is Mothering Sunday.

After visiting my in-laws on Saturday.. in the evening we decided to have a drive to Rochester Castle… for the sunset.  But unfortunately as the sky was cloud free.. the sunset was nothing to write home about. Anyway I did manage to capture this image of Rochester Castle.

A photograph of Rochester Castle taken on a late Saturday evening in March.

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The Greenhouse at Walmer Castle

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. Continue reading →

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Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle

A photograph of Urquhart Castle located at Loch Ness in Scotland.

On one of our days in Scotland last year… we drove to Loch Ness… and visited Urquhart Castle which is situated on the edge of the Loch… It was beautiful there.. and the scenery of Loch Ness is breath-taking.

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Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle

A photograph of Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent… with a replacement sky added in Photoshop.

I’ve been playing around with this image for the last couple of days… There was light coming from the rear of the castle which shone through the arches but the sky was bland… just one measly little cloud on the right-hand side of the photograph.  So I knew I wanted to do something with the sky and decided to replace that sky from Serge Ramelli with another I have in my collection of skies

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Lightroom Quick Tip – Scaling

Lightroom Quick Tip – Scaling

A photograph of the bridge that leads you to the entrance of Leeds Castle

Have you ever taken a photograph and wished you could have got closer to the subject?  Or you wish that you could crop the image without losing the original size of the image?  Well here is a quick tip for Lightroom Users..

Under the Transform Panel in the Develop Module, there are a set of sliders that allow you to scale you image to 150 and you can also move your scaling around by using the x and y sliders.

With regards to the above image.. I scaled my image to 125 played around with the x and y sliders until I achieved the look I was looking for… and by doing this I kept the original dimensions of my photograph.  Whereas if I had cropped the image to get the composition I wanted it would have decreased my image size, from 5472 x 3648 pixels to 4621 x 3080 pixels.

As you can see from the original photograph… there were elements I didn’t want to keep, as I didn’t want the viewer to be distracted by all the greenery and I wanted this image to focus primarily on the Bridge and Gate House.

A photograph of the bridge that leads you to the entrance of Leeds Castle

 

I hope this little tip helps you out… try scaling your image before using the crop tool.. and that will hopefully keep your image as close as it can be to the original image size… very helpful if you have to upload to certain sites… like 500px.

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From Maidstone to Dover…

From Maidstone to Dover…

Taking time out from blogging… has proven to be beneficial for me… firstly I am not tied to a computer all day long and secondly some of my processing can be achieved on my tablet.. whilst sitting there watching TV.  Again another weekend went by and I didn’t manage to get out and take photographs… and hopefully if the sun shines this weekend I will be back at Leeds Castle for the Christmas Market.

Anyway talking of Leeds Castle… here are a coloured and monochrome version of the same image as you look over the lake towards Leeds Castle.

A monochrome photograph of Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent.

A monochrome photograph of Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent.

 

A photograph of Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent.

A photograph of Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent.

 

An earlier photograph that I posted to social media this week was one that I took of the lake at Russell Gardens, near Kearsney Abbey in Dover.

A photography of the lake at Russell Gardens, Kearsney in Kent.

A photography of the lake at Russell Gardens, Kearsney in Kent.

 

You may have noticed that I have played around with our watermark… and added a graphic to our watermark… this I achieved in Photoshop…  by creating a transparent background document and using a png image and then text in various fonts.

I hope you all had a good weekend and again apologies for no new photographs… boy will I be glad to get this hip sorted… once and for all.

Until my next post.. take care and happy snapping.

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The front entrance to Leeds Castle

The front entrance to Leeds Castle

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I have written before how accommodating the Staff at Leeds Castle are for disabled people… they are kind, courteous and will help you all they can.   Being in a wheelchair inhibits you at some places… and to get into the castle at Leeds Castle you have to go down steps and then back up steeps.. which you can’t do in a wheelchair… However there is nothing to stop you enjoying some parts of the castle… as the staff allow disabled people to enter through the doors at the front of the castle.  Yes you miss out some of the rooms and you can’t get to all the rooms… but at least you get to see some of the glorious rooms within the castle.

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WPC – Magic

WPC – Magic

There is nothing more magical to see than a howling wolf under the moonlight.. Lately I have been doing a lot of composite images… and I decided to create two images… from the wolf and moonlight, with various processing techniques.  And I thought they would be ideal for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Magic.

Howling Wolf

Howling Wolf

Howling Wolf

Howling Wolf

For this set of images I used the Oil Paint Filter in Photoshop before doing my final processing in Lightroom.

Under the moonlight

Under the moonlight

 

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Castle Stalker

Castle Stalker

A photograph of Castle Stalker which sits on a tidal islet on Loch Laich in Scotland.

A photograph of Castle Stalker which sits on a tidal islet on Loch Laich in Scotland.

The scenery surround Castle Stalker is absolutely breath-taking.  What I love about the above photograph is the dramatic sky.

A photograph of Castle Stalker which sits on a tidal islet on Loch Laich in Scotland.

A photograph of Castle Stalker which sits on a tidal islet on Loch Laich in Scotland.

 

If you are in The Highlands of Scotland and would like to visit Castle Stalker they do have days when you can visit as they run limited tours throughout the March-October.  Tour dates for 2017 will be announced early 2017.  Further information can be found on the Castle Stalker Website.

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Leeds Castle and Moat

Leeds Castle and Moat

A photograph of Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent.

A photograph of Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent.

 

Firstly my sincere apologies for not typing much but had a slight accident and poured boiling rice water over my hand.. so typing is very difficult at the moment…

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