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Yellow Flowers of Lullingstone

Yellow Flowers of Lullingstone

A photograph of yellow flowers taken in the World Gardens at Lullingstone Castle in Kent.

Taking this Powder Paint to another level is something that I wanted to try… I love Topaz Impression 2 and I wondered what the effect would look like after adding a paint effect to the image. Continue reading →

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Posted by Bren in Digital Art, Floral, Photography, 2 comments
Great Comp – Main House

Great Comp – Main House

A photograph of the main house at Great Comp Gardens processed in a Powder Paint Effect.

Here is another powder paint effect photograph which is of the main house at Great Comp Gardens near Sevenoaks in Kent..

Posted by Bren in Landscape, Photography, 2 comments
Ashenbank Woods – Powder Paint Effect

Ashenbank Woods – Powder Paint Effect

I have always liked the photograph I did of Ashenbank woods where I created a water reflection to a landscape to add a different aspect to the photograph.

Anyway today I decided I would try creating a Powder Paint Effect to this photograph.

A photograph of Ashenbank Woods created in Photoshop to create water reflection and given Powder Paint Effect.

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Posted by Bren in Digital Art, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, 8 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
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

Posted by Bren in Architecture, Monochrome, Photography, 0 comments
Rework of Great Comp Gardens and House

Rework of Great Comp Gardens and House

I have to say I am really enjoying myself with Topaz Impresssion and it is a wonderful plugin to add to my Topaz Collection.  Again I feel very humbled that Jodi Robbins of Topaz Labs asked me to do another tutorial for their blog… which you can read here and it is based on using Topaz Texture Effects and Topaz Adjust to get a peeling paint effect image.

Within the grounds of Great Comp were some winter flowers which were absolutely beautiful in colour and this is a photograph I took of one of those flowers.

A purple flower with raindrops on petals processed in Lightroom and Topaz Impression.

And for this image I used my scaling technique to make the photograph more about the flower.

Posted by Bren in Landscape, Photography, 2 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.

Posted by Bren in Landscape, Photography, 0 comments
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
Ashenbank Woods – Bluebell Glade

Ashenbank Woods – Bluebell Glade

A photograph of bluebells at Ashenbank Woods near Cobham in Kent.

 

You don’t have to travel far from where we live in springtime to get these wonderful shots of bluebells as they cover the woodland.  Close to us is Ashenbank Woods near Cobham in Kent.. and in springtime there are masses and masses of bluebells.

Posted by Bren in Photography, Woodland Walks, 0 comments
The Lake at Leeds Castle.. Rework.

The Lake at Leeds Castle.. Rework.

A photograph of the lake at Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent.

 

A photograph of the lake at Leeds Castle.. and a rework of a photograph I processed in Topaz Texture Effects 2.

Posted by Bren in Landscape, Photography, 2 comments