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Blue Rose of Belmont House and Gardens

Blue Rose of Belmont House and Gardens

Blue Rose

A blue rose from Belmont House and Gardens give an Oil /Powder Paint Effect.

I’ve played around with the Oil Paint filter at times in Photoshop before.  However, due to it not working on my desktop I invested in Topaz Impression.  What I like about Impression is that the software applies different styles and  brush strokes to your image.  However, for this Blue Rose image I wanted to stick primarily to using the Oil Paint Filter in Photoshop. Continue reading →

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Flowers From Lullingstone

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…

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Wooden Gate – Nymans

Wooden Gate – Nymans

 

I am really loving this Topaz Impression Plug-in for Lightroom and Photoshop… this is a photograph I took way, way back at Nymans and is of the wooden gate that leads you into the walled garden.

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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..

 

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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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Raindrops on Petals

Raindrops on Petals

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

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

 

Well being indisposed and not being able to get out and about does have it benefits.. it means I have been able sort out some things on my computer… learn a bit more of Photoshop.. and find a whole new form of art… However, I was going through some old photos to see if there was any images I could process when I came across this vibrant flower which was taken at Great Comp Gardens near Sevenoaks in Kent.

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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.

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Photographic Style and a Landscaped Garden

Photographic Style and a Landscaped Garden

A photograph of the landscape gardens at Great Comp Garden in Kent.

A photograph of the landscape gardens at Great Comp Garden in Kent.

 

When you think of a panoramic photograph you think of a landscape orientated photograph looking from left to right.. but sometimes you need to go the other way… and Lightroom will easily merge a panoramic going from top to bottom.

The above photograph was taken at Great Comp Gardens near Sevenoaks in Kent and was of the landscaped gardens looking back towards the house.  I couldn’t believe how tall that tree was… it dwarfed the little bench… so for that shot I decided to take a panoramic from top to bottom and then merge them in Lightroom.

As you can see from the SOOC shots… the sky was dismal.. no clouds, no sun and to be honest I knew I had to do something to that sky..  As you many have gathered I love textures so I used Topaz Texture Effects 2 to create a texture for the sky.. then I finished editing in Lightroom to get my final image.

Photographic Style

I don’t know about you… but I do love the coffee/cream/deep and moody style of photography… especially when I am processing a photograph… I suppose that is becoming my favourite style of editing.

Each photographer has a specific way of editing photographs.. and each photographer has their own style… We can draw inspiration from each other’s work… and try new techniques..  so I was wondering this… if we copy an idea is it plagiarism or inspiration?  Where do you draw the line?

I can understand why some people don’t want to go through the steps they use in their workflow in creating an image, especially if someone else copied that work-flow and decided to profit from it… but then I think where would I be today if every photographer felt like that.

I couldn’t have afforded to keep paying for online courses.. and the photographers that run blogs, and YouTube channels where they do tutorials for free have been a great starting point and asset for me in my learning of post-processing an image.  I have learnt so much from these photographers.  And I will be eternally grateful to them for providing hours upon hours of free tuition.

Through their hard work and generosity… I have learnt Lightroom, Photoshop (well enough to get me by 😀 ), Topaz Labs, On1, Photomatix and Nik.  I have learnt shortcuts, how to mask, how to tone and so much more.

I learnt by using someone else’s style and making it my own.

If someone wants to copy my style of editing a photograph.. I truly believe that I would feel humbled.. that they liked my style?  Would you feel the same?  Or would you be annoyed at being copied and would you want them to take their image down if they copied your idea or style of editing?

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From pink to blue…

From pink to blue…

A photograph of a group of dainty flowers taken at Great Comp Garden in Kent.

A photograph of a group of dainty flowers taken at Great Comp Garden in Kent.

On our visit to Great Comp Garden.. within the gardens was these pretty pink flowers… with petals that looked so delicate.  Anyway I processed the photograph in Lightroom and then decided to do another edit.. only this time I lowered the Vibrance, Clarity and Saturation and added a Deep Blue and Gold split tone…  Which in turn gave the photograph a soft blue tint to those petals

A photograph of a group of dainty flowers taken at Great Comp Garden in Kent.

A photograph of a group of dainty flowers taken at Great Comp Garden in Kent.

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Longing for spring…

Longing for spring…

A monochrome photograph of flowers taken at Hall Place in Kent

A monochrome photograph of Narcissus flowers taken at Hall Place in Kent

On a cold foggy morning like it is today… I long for spring.  We are only days into winter and it is cold, dank, miserable, grey.. and I am fed up with it already.  The clocks turned back and it seems to have sent the nice weather into never-never land.. never to be seen again.

I can handle the cold frosty mornings.. as long as the sun is shining.. but fog and this dismal weather, well to be perfectly honest, is totally depressing.

I long for spring.  Did I mention that? 😀 😀 😀

When the spring buds start to burst out of the ground.. and the hyacinths start to bud.

A photograph of a hyacinth taken at Hall Place in Kent

A photograph of a hyacinth taken at Hall Place in Kent

During our spring visit to Hall Place back in 2013, in the greenhouse was this beautiful bottle-brush plant..  I did have one of these plants in my garden… until two retrievers decided to retrieve it from the earth.

A photograph of a bottle brush plant taken at Hall Place in Kent

A photograph of a bottle brush plant taken at Hall Place in Kent

Did I tell you?… I long for spring!!!

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