Eltham Palace Gardens

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
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
Autumn Colours of Sheffield Park Gardens

Autumn Colours of Sheffield Park Gardens

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If you want autumn colours and love gardens one of the places I highly recommend for taking autumn shots is Sheffield Park Gardens in East Sussex…. it is owned and maintained by the National Trust… and in autumn the golden tones are so vibrant and add a warm tone to wonderfully landscaped gardens.  Sheffield Park Gardens is a place for all seasons… but the colours of autumn are breath-taking.

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Eltham Palace – Moat Garden

Eltham Palace – Moat Garden

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As I mentioned in my earlier post about the Moat at Eltham Palace, about it having two sides of the moat as featured gardens, the above photograph is of one of those sides where there is a wooden footbridge that will take you to the fields of the estate.  We went there one year when they were jousting and holding a medieval festival… and it was great to see… even though it did rain at times 😀 😀  Well that is British summertime for you 😀 😀

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Rework of Eltham Palace

Rework of Eltham Palace

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Another one of my favourite places to visit is Eltham Palace Gardens… The Palace is surrounded by a moat, which has one L-Shaped moat with water and the other L-Shaped sides as formal gardens… I have posted this photo before, both in Monochrome and Colour, but today I wanted to do a re-work of it.  For this rework I wanted to create a more Fine Art photograph.. and using ON1 Effects 10 and ON1 Enhance 10, I added more details and a slight texture, primarily to the sky.  Looking back on that photo, I can remember standing there for ages, just waiting for there to be no-one around.. so I could take the photograph without people in it.

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Standing Proud

Standing Proud

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Photographer: Bren Ryan
Location: Marle Place, Tonbridge, Kent
Date:

6th April 2015

Camera: Canon EOS 600D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Aperture: f/13
Shutter Speed: 1/13 sec
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 18 mm
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Marle Place

Marle Place

In the village of Brenchley in Kent, lies a privately owned house called Marle Place… Today was the first day of opening for this season so off we headed.  The weather was glorious, a bit of a nip in the air but sunny… with very few clouds in the sky.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

The flowers were starting to bloom and the gardens there are fabulous.. with scenic walks.  As you enter into Marle Place there is a spectacular rock garden which was full of daffodils, hyacinths and many other spring flowers.  Here is a selection of flowers taken from around the gardens.

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Just about to bloom….

Just about to bloom….

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken at Eltham Palace Gardens in June 2013.  What I love about this photograph is the dark purple veins that are etched into the petals… and how dark those buds are just before they are about to bloom.

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Pastel Pink

Pastel Pink

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

The above flower was standing prominently in one of the flower beds of Eltham Palace Gardens in London.

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