River Medway

Looking down the lock at Allington Locks near Maidstone

Looking down the lock at Allington Locks near Maidstone

Allington Locks

A photograph of the River Medway taken at Allington Locks near Maidstone in Kent

It was so lovely to get out last Monday, even though I didn’t walk far.  However, I did send him off on an expedition down the locks at Allington, near Maidstone in Kent.  The landscape was barren and the trees were still bare but you could see the start of spring slowly appearing in the landscaped area. Continue reading →

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Relaxing by the river at Allington Locks

Relaxing by the river at Allington Locks

Allington Locks

On the River at Allington Locks, Maidstone, Kent.

Whey hey, I am home from hospital.  My right hip has been replaced and I can now walk without that excruciating pain. Taking it careful for the next 6 weeks to stop any chance of dislocation I am finding hard.  However, I am so glad that awful pain has finally gone.  I was only in hospital for 3 nights.  And by Monday I felt good enough to have a little stroll along the banks of the River Medway at Allington Locks, near Maidstone in Kent. Continue reading →

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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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On the River – Rework

On the River – Rework

On the River IMG_4725HDR-Rework

Well not a lot has happened since my last post.. still haven’t been able to get out and about and boy is the boredom starting to set in… I do miss my photography trips… hopefully today will be the day that the Doctor can sort out my hip and knee problem … and if not give me some very strong painkillers to get moving… once again.  Anyway this morning I decided to rework a photograph I took earlier this year at East Farleigh in Kent.  I decided to only use Photoshop and Lightroom and I merged my three shot HDR in Lightroom, then exported my file to Photoshop to do some sharpening and add a texture.

As my previous posts have stated,  lately I have been creating abstract art out of photographs to keep me busy… I have thoroughly enjoyed it and I love the different effects you can created from a single photograph.  Playing around with the twirling method in Photoshop is very therapeutic.  Here are some of the images I did in the last week.

I just hope that it won’t be long before I am out there clicking away… have a good week everyone xx

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Playing around on the river

Playing around on the river

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

 

One of the software programmes I have is ON1, it is a lovely platform to work in… but I hardly use it… don’t ask me why but I think it is because most of my processing can be obtained by using Photoshop and Lightroom alone.  However I created the above photograph using ON1 Effects 10 and Lightroom.

Like Lightroom ON1 effects does have a lot of presets you can download from various sites and every month ON1 gives you a monthly goodie bag.. which more times than none contains presets and/or textures.  The photograph was taken at East Farleigh in Kent looking down the River Medway.

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As dusk starts to fall on Maidstone

As dusk starts to fall on Maidstone

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

 

The above photograph was taken just as dusk started to fall in Maidstone looking down towards St Peter’s Bridge.  For this edit, I did my usual basic adjustments, and added a couple of graduated filters to affect the whole picture which altered the tone, temperature and colour of the photograph.  I then did some dodging and burning, sharpening, noise reduction and that was it.

 

As dusk starts to fall IMG_3989 -PhotoFrame

 

I also wanted to see what the photograph would look like in a photo-frame so I used my Photo-Frame Template in the Print module of Lightroom.  What I love about this is you can see what your photograph basically looks like in a frame, without having to spend ££££’s and £££££’s on printing.

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On the river at East Farleigh

On the river at East Farleigh

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

It was bank holiday Monday and we didn’t feel like travelling far, but we wanted to go out… so we decided to take a little trip to East Farleigh, near Maidstone in Kent.  And boy did I fall in love with that little place.  Just on the hillside is a Residential Park Homes site and I could just see us living there with the pooches… and spending days sitting by the river and just relaxing… and the train station was literally a two-minute walk… ideal for him for work.

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

We sat there for ages watching the various barges and boats sail up the river and navigate through the East Farleigh lock.  There was a pub within walking distance… how lovely.  Across the river stood the church and I could envisage the river in all the seasons especially in winter if it snowed. I was dreaming and practically had us moved in there, when tonight my dreams have come crashing down, with a bloody large thud, NO DOGS ALLOWED… damn.

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Rework of On the River..

Rework of On the River..

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

The above photograph is a rework of a previous picture called On The River.

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Maidstone

Maidstone

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

Here is another photograph taken at Maidstone on Saturday night…luckily we were able to park within easy distance of the river… so not much walking for me… lately my hands are finding it very hard to hold a camera steady.. so I am using either a monopod or tripod… however this isn’t at all bad simply because I can now take some long exposure photographs, with thanks to a shutter release cable.

The above photo was  composed by using  6 shots taken at different exposures and then merged using Photomatix … the main editing was done in Lightroom, however to add warmth to the photograph I did use the photo filter in Photoshop.

Maidstone in Kent

Taken by Bren Ryan

The above photograph was taken as the sun was fading in the background and the street lights started to glow.  Those light that are under the bridge change colour.

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