East Sussex

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 →

Advertisements
Posted by Bren in Landscape, Photography, Photography Challenge, 7 comments
Flowers on a cold winter’s morn.

Flowers on a cold winter’s morn.

Rose Flower

A photograph of a rose with a raindrop on its petals processed in Lightroom with the Powder Paint Effect.

Rose

For my photography post today I bring you flowers on this cold winter’s morn. It is damp and dismal and very cold here in the South East of England, with temperatures expected to plummet even further over the next few days. Continue reading →

Posted by Bren in Floral, Photography, 2 comments
Dahlia and T Minus 1

Dahlia and T Minus 1

A photograph of a dahlia taken at Pashley Manor processed, in Color Efex Pro and Topaz Impression 2.

Well today is T Minus 1 for me… for tomorrow I finally get my new hip… whey hey… there will be no stopping me then.. and I can finally get back out there on my photography jaunts.. well after I have recuperated, that is.  I can’t wait.. so today to take my mind off of being diced and sliced I thought I would play around with some photos and the plugins I have.

The above photograph of a dahlia was processed in Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik Color Efex and Topaz Impression 2.

Posted by Bren in Floral, Photography, 6 comments
Sheffield Park Gardens Manor

Sheffield Park Gardens Manor

A photograph of the manor house which can be seen from Sheffield Park Gardens in East Sussex.

As you stroll around the grounds of Sheffield Park Gardens, in the distance is this Manor House.. unfortunately you can’t enter the house or the grounds and it is set in picturesque landscaped gardens sitting on a hillside overlooking the lake…

Posted by Bren in Architecture, Photography, 0 comments
Pashley Manor Gardens

Pashley Manor Gardens

A photograph of Pashley Manor Gardens in East Sussex processed in Topaz Impression.

This photograph was taken within the gardens of Pashley Manor Gardens in East Sussex.. the grounds are beautiful and there are gardens with a variety of flowers and shrubs.

Posted by Bren in Landscape, Photography, 2 comments
One Rose – Three takes

One Rose – Three takes

A photograph of a rose taken at Pashley Manor Gardens in East Sussex.

I wanted a soft blue/pink rose and again I used my scaling technique to increase the rose size.. most of the processing of this image was carried out in Photoshop, with final edits being done in Lightroom.

A photograph of a rose taken at Pashley Manor Gardens in East Sussex.

I added different textures to the photograph and just changed the tone of the colours in Lightroom.

A photograph of a rose taken at Pashley Manor Gardens in East Sussex.

Have a good weekend everyone xx

Posted by Bren in Floral, Photography, 2 comments
An Autumn Day

An Autumn Day

A photograph of trees in autumn colour taken at Sheffield Park Gardens, in East Sussex

A photograph of trees in autumn colour taken at Sheffield Park Gardens, in East Sussex

 

The above photograph was shot in Autumn 2014 at Sheffield Park Gardens.. how I so wanted to revisit that place this year to see the beautiful autumn colours.. but I just couldn’t make it.  Sheffield Park Gardens in East Sussex is one of the places where you will find the colours of autumn in abundance.  When the leaves turn red and then brown it gives such colour to any landscape.. and recently as we have driven down the M20 to my son’s house the colours of the trees that line the motorway are spectacular and we can’t stop to get a photograph of them.. which is such a shame.

One particular stretch of the M20 is lined with tress that have every shade of red and copper you could image… it is beautiful.

Another great place to see autumn colours is Knole in Sevenoaks in Kent

A photograph of the autumn colours at Knole near Sevenoaks in Kent.

A photograph of the autumn colours at Knole near Sevenoaks in Kent.

Knole also has the added advantage of deer that graze and run throughout the estate..  The last time we visited Knole we were in luck because the deer were grazing near the main house and there was quite a few them to photograph…

A photograph of a deer taken at Knole in Sevenoaks Kent.

A photograph of a deer taken at Knole in Sevenoaks Kent.

 

We are now heading into winter.. and the landscapes are becoming barren and those vibrant autumn colours are fading fast… Here in the South East of England… it is very rare we have snow… I think the last time we had proper snow was back in 2012… and I would love to be able to get out and do some snow shots… so what I need is my hip replaced now (wish thinking on my part here)… so that if we do get snow, I can at least get out and about.  And what would be truly nice… if I can put my order in now… is for a White Christmas…

 

Posted by Bren in Landscape, Photography, 6 comments
It’s Monday again… and Instagram

It’s Monday again… and Instagram

It is Monday morning yet again… and I don’t know where the weekend went.. but one thing I do know.. we didn’t get far this weekend.  Firstly because it was raining on Saturday… all day… and secondly because my hip is getting no better .. in fact it is getting worse and it is becoming a true effort now… to get out and about.

However, on Sunday, the weather was brighter and I did get wheeled along the walk at Medway Valley which is next to the River Medway.

A photograph of the River Medway taken at Medway Valley in Kent.

A photograph of the River Medway taken at Medway Valley in Kent.

 

It was cold but it was so nice to get a breath of fresh air into my body… and to try the camera out on my new phone… Taking photographs with a phone is totally different to using a proper camera…  and I think I need a lot of practice.. but it was nice just to get out and not have to take bags of cameras and lenses.

Anyway that is enough of the ‘Poor Me’ part of this post and here are two photographs I played around with using Toolwiz Photo App.

The first image is a photograph taken at Hole Park near Rolvenden in Kent by the lake

A tree stump by the lake at Hole Park in Kent

A tree stump by the lake at Hole Park in Kent

 

The photograph above seems a little busy to me… but somehow there is something appealing to that image.. I don’t know what it is.. perhaps it is the busyness that is attracting me to it. I simply don’t know… but I like it in some weird sort of way.

And my second image is from Merriment Gardens in East Sussex… which shows a memory bench…

A photograph of a bench at Merriments Gardens dedicated to Mandy and Mark

A photograph of a bench at Merriments Gardens dedicated to Mandy and Mark

 

And I wanted to create a dreamy looking feeling to this Photograph and that app allowed me to do exactly that.

Out of all the three images posted.. I think the Memory Bench photograph is the image that really captures my eye.  I love the splashes of red from the tulips… I think they really compliment the golden tones of the photograph.

Posted by Bren in Photography, 0 comments
Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Looking Through a Window

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Looking Through a Window

A sepia toned photograph of a window taken at Bateman's House

A sepia toned photograph of a window taken at Bateman’s House

I just can’t believe it has been a whole week since Cee’s last black and white photo challenge.. my god where does the time go? Anyway, Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Looking Through a Window is the theme for this week’s challenge.

For this challenge I decided to do two photographs.. the photograph above is looking through a window at Bateman’s House in East Sussex  looking out towards the gardens.

A photograph of one of the old windows at Old Scotney Castle

A photograph of one of the old windows at Old Scotney Castle

And the second photograph is one of a window that is now part of the old ruins of the Old Castle, at Scotney Castle, near Lamberhurst in Kent. I just love how the outside is now creeping in embracing the wooden frame of the old window.

Many thanks to Cee for hosting these challenges it is greatly appreciated.

Posted by Bren in Monochrome, Photography, Photography Challenge, 2 comments
Bland sky… Use Topaz Texture Effects 2..

Bland sky… Use Topaz Texture Effects 2..

Then no worries.. just use a texture

img_1282-edit-3

Do you have a photograph, with excellent fall colours, or stunning architecture but the sky lets you down?  Well no fear.. by using Topaz Texture Effects 2 you can give your sky the boost it needs… to take it from a bland boring sky.. to a sky with texture and colour… To see my tutorial for this photograph just head on over to Topaz Labs Blog where I give a full tutorial on how to rectify a bland, dull sky.

Posted by Bren in Photography, Tutorials, 0 comments