Light Reading…

Light Reading…

Well as I have not been able to get out and about to take photographs… which I totally miss by the way.. I have turned my hand to digital art.  Continuing with  the Powder Paint theme that I have been working with  over the last couple of days… I created this image by using a photo I found on Wiki by William Adolphe Bouguereau called Daisy…

To add extra elements to the image… I used a clipart image of a book and added fairy dust to the image…

I like the pastel shades of the first image… but I also like the coffee tones when I added a Lightroom Preset to the image.

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My little dumpling

My little dumpling


Photographer: Bren Ryan
Location: n/a
Date: 12th April 2014
Camera: Canon EOS 1100D
Lens: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec
ISO: 640
Focal Length: 250 mm
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Photographer: Bren Ryan
Location: n/a
Date: 27th January 2015
Camera: Canon EOS 1100D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1.6 sec
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 76 mm
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Photography:  So what is your forte?

Photography: So what is your forte?

Me, him and three cameras have only been out photographing various places for just over two years.  And one thing we both have a problem with is, keeping interest in a particular hobby.  Yes we have tried various hobbies and after a short wile the novelty wears off and we don’t bother with that particular hobby any more.

However, with photography that interest has never waned, we are still eager to get out and about and photograph as many beautiful places as we can.  Much to our surprise. 😀  We like to photograph many things whether they be flowers, buildings or landscapes.



When it comes to flowers and photographing them, we look for beautiful colours and the background of the flower.  Also the depth of field is very important, you don’t want everything in focus as that will detract your vision, as you will be seeing the whole picture.  What you want is a blurred background and the flower in focus.

I like photographing flowers, if they have a stone background.  Unfortunately that is not achievable all the time… but with the likes of Photoshop or Lightroom or any other photo-editing software, you can blur the background and/or make it darker or lighter so don’t worry if you have a perfect photograph but the background is crisp and clear… just use the clarity and sharpness sliders to blur the picture.



One thing we have found is this, when you visit some historic houses, they don’t allow photography inside the house.  We mainly visit places which have gardens to explore, so if that policy is applied to the house, we always have the gardens and landscape to photograph.

But, there is a drawback to places that allow you to photograph the rooms and their contents and that is you have to take your photographs with flash off.  This can cause noise in your photos and make them rather dark at times.  But once you get them into Lightroom or Photoshop you can reduce some of the noise in your photos.

Wildlife and Animals


Oh my god this is one of the hardest things to photograph in my opinion.  You can bribe kids to sit there and be good and make it an adventure for them, but animals… not a hope in hell’s chance to bride them.

For the above photo I had to stand there with a treat hanging out of my mouth and by luck they stayed where they were.  I do admire those photographers who have the patience to capture birds and other wildlife animals.  How they manage it at times I don’t know.



We both love to capture landscapes, and my hubbies forte is doing the panoramic shoots, were he takes about 9-15 shots of the landscape and then gets me to stitch them together to make one photograph.  Thank god for Photoshop. 😀

Wherever, you go there is always that view.. views that you would die for.  Views you wish you could wake up to every morning.  Yes we both love doing landscape photography.




Now buildings, castles, historic houses or anything that has brickwork whether it be old or now, and stonework does fascinate us and it makes us want to take more photographs.  I love buildings and try to capture their feel.  One thing I do love about Lightroom is that you can boost that clarity slider up and get even the most minutest of detail in that stonework to shine through.  Every building tells a story… and every building has it own unique identity and you can show that identity through your photography.



Seascapes is another subject we both like taking… anything to do with water. Whether it be a lake, a pond, waterfall or coastline.  And the rougher the weather the more we like it.  Photography waves at Saint Lenoards as it is blowing a gale, was a great experience.  The waves were crashing into the beach and the wind was blowing a gale, which made the perfect recipe for some superb wave shots.  Mind you though that day you needed your thermals for definite.



Now this is one area of photography, neither of us like… and something we don’t do very often.  Perhaps we should practice more at doing portrait photography. Then we might be able to like it… but at the moment portrait photography does not appeal to either of us… so we leave it alone.

Photography: So what is your forte?

For us, it is wildlife, flowers, landscapes, architecture and seascapes.  So what is your forte in Photography?  Do you have a specific topic that you stick too?  Or do you diverse into other realms of Photography?  What gives you your inspiration?


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