Photo Challenge

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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Posted by Bren in Digital Art, 3 comments
WordPress Photo Challenge – Tiny

WordPress Photo Challenge – Tiny

A photograph of a tiny little flower taken at Great Comp Gardens, near Sevenoaks in Kent.

A photograph of a tiny little flower taken at Great Comp Gardens, near Sevenoaks in Kent.

 

It has been ages since I have entered the WordPress Photo Challenge… so I decided to enter this tiny little flower into this weeks theme called Tiny.

Posted by Bren in Floral, Photography, Photography Challenge, 0 comments
52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 12 – Face

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 12 – Face

Stewie

Stewie – head on pillow.

This is my first entry into this particular photo challenge.. hosted by ‘The Girl That Dreams Awake’.. and the theme for this week is ‘Face’.  As I am very wary of putting children’s faces on the internet… and I would have loved to share photos of my grand children… but for safety’s sake I have opted for the next safest bet.. my dogs..

Dumpling

Dumpling – take my photo mum… please

 

And my last picture is of Stewie looking at what his little sis is getting up to.

Stewie

Stewie – what is she up to?

Posted by Bren in Animals, Monochrome, Photography Challenge, 2 comments
Before and After Monthly Photography Challenge

Before and After Monthly Photography Challenge

One of the things I like about Photography is processing an image… I like to see what it looked like before I started to do my edits and what the final image looks like.. so with that in mind I thought I would start hosting a mid monthly photography challenge, where you can send in your before and after photos and I will showcase them on this blog.  The dates for this year will be as follows:

Criteria for entering …

  1. Email your submissions to brenr1958@gmail.com
  2. Resize your pictures to 1000 pixels longest side
  3. Rename your files with Your Name – Month – Before (for your before image) and Name – Month – After (for your after image)
  4. Submit your entries by midnight (UK Time) on the Sunday before the date of the Challenge
  5. If you want to write your own post detailing how you did your edits, that would be brilliant.. but if you don’t want to write a post and just submit an entry that is also fine… just remember to send me  the link to your website, blog or post and if you are writing a post a link to this month’s challenge so your readers can view other entries to this monthly challenge. (Links are next to the dates above)
  6. My post will go live at 8 am UK time on the day of the Monthly Challenge.  If you are doing a post on your blog, so that our posts are published at the same time  please use the following time converter http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html. To use the converter select the day (date of Photography Challenge) and time (8 am) of my post and choose United Kingdom – England – London and then select your location and then hit the Green Button – (Convert time).
  7. Tag your photos Before and After

I look forward to next month’s challenge… and seeing your entries … (I hope) 😀 😀 😀

 

Posted by Bren in Photography Challenge, 1 comment
One Photo Focus – June

One Photo Focus – June

 

Phot by David Croker - Edited by RyanPhotography for One Photo Focus

Photo by David Croker – Edited by RyanPhotography for One Photo Focus

 

Once I saw this photograph on Stacy’s blog for this month’s One Photo Focus Challenge I was eager to get going… and as soon as her email hit my inbox that was it… I already knew what I wanted to do.  So I did some minor edits in Lightroom and then exported the photo to Photoshop where I played around with the healing brush and removed the electricity pylons..

I then did some more adjustments in Camera Raw and then added a texture.  I played around with the exposure of the texture and then adding a luminosity mask just remove some of the texture from the boats themselves.

After that back into Lightroom, a few radial filters and a vignette and that was it… I wanted to create a textured darkened feeling to the photo and I do hop I have done justice to the photograph which was original taken by David Croker.

Many thanks to David for supplying this month’s photo and to Stacy for holding this photo Challenge.  Have a great weekend. <3 :star:

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26 Weeks Letter Challenge – Letter K

26 Weeks Letter Challenge – Letter K

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

 

Lori’s challenge for the 26 Weeks Letter Challenge was a hard one.. this week.  I wanted to play along but was getting really stumped at what images I had with objects in that started with the letter ‘K’.  I was just about to give up and skip this challenge… (I know that’s the chicken’s way out) … when inspiration struck me and I remembered the Dog Kennel at Ightham Mote in Kent.  And it is the only Grade I listed dog house.  The late 19th century kennel was built to home a St. Bernard called ‘Dido’.

I have processed the above photo in colour before on this blog.. but for this challenge I decided to do a monochrome version and wanted to create a grungy looking feel to the photograph.

Posted by Bren in Monochrome, Photography, Photography Challenge, 2 comments
Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Tongues and Tails

Essay

This week’s Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge (CB&W) topic is Tongues and Tails.

For the ‘tongues’ part of the challenge I have to post a picture of my late dog Bo… who went to Rainbow Bridge in July 2012… still sadly missed.

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

 

And for the ‘tails’ part… this is a photograph of a squirrel that decided to be very obliging at Tonbridge Castle, in Kent.

 

IMG_0232-Edit

Taken by Ashley Ryan

 

Posted by Bren in Monochrome, Photography, Photography Challenge, 4 comments
Deer Little Faces

Deer Little Faces

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

 

Face is this weeks subject for photo challenge set by WordPress Daily Post. And so I thought I would create an oil-looking painting in Photoshop of a photograph that I took at Knole, near Sevenoaks in Kent earlier this year, of these lovely little deer faces.

Posted by Bren in Photography, Photography Challenge, Wildlife, 2 comments
MM 2-29: Monochrome Madness

MM 2-29: Monochrome Madness

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Yes it is time for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Week Number 29 post…. I missed last weeks entry … MM 2-28, which I am annoyed with myself about… but I thought I would get this weeks entry to her rather quick…

The above picture was taken at Monterey in California and it was taken from underneath the wharf looking out towards the Pacific Ocean.

Thank you Leanne for hosting this photography challenge every week..  it is very much appreciated.

Posted by Bren in Monochrome, Photography Challenge, Seascape, 0 comments
One Photo Focus – October

One Photo Focus – October

As many of you know, Stacy Fischer of Visual Venturing Blog runs a monthly one photo focus.  The idea is that, a photo is submitted for that month’s challenge by another photographer and we do our edits to it.

I loved the photo submitted by Michelle Lunato for the October challenge …. and I didn’t want to alter the picture dramatically…

Firstly, I did my usual edits in Lightroom, added some clarity, brought up the shadows and decreased the highlights.. Did some dodging and burning using the adjustment brush and enhanced the details.  I then exported it to Photoshop.

Once in Photoshop I then added a few clouds, by using a cloud overlay, blended the layers together and then I did a curve layer adjustment and then reimported the photo back into Lightroom for some minor edits.. Like adding a radial filter to enhance the sun flare… and its reflection on the water. I wanted to enhance the sun’s reflection on the water… as I think this is the key to the whole photograph and the sunfare really makes the photograph seem to pop.

Here is the final image

Photo taken by Michelle Lunato edited by Bren Ryan of RyanPhotography

Photo taken by Michelle Lunato edited by Bren Ryan of RyanPhotography

But I do have to say… it feels real funny altering someone else’s photograph… I love doing the challenge but have this sheer dread that I am not doing someone’s photograph the justice it deserves.  Mind you on saying that… altering another person’s photograph… see how they shot the photograph and what setting’s they used.. does give you inspiration to try something new.  What I loved about the photograph is the angle it was shot it… it seems to give you the impression that the photograph was at water level… In order to capture the perspective of the boats.

I think it is a brilliant shot.. and I do hope I have given this photograph the justice it deserves.  And once again thank you to Stacy Fischer for hosting these ‘One Photo Focus’ monthly photo challenges.

Posted by Bren in Photography Challenge, 8 comments