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 →
During our holiday in Scotland… on the very first day of arriving we drove around Loch Leven… heading towards Kinlochleven… this photograph was taken at Kinlochleven and is a photograph of the wooded area that surrounds the River Leven. For my landscape photographs, especially of wooded areas, I am finding Topaz Texture Effects 2.. gives the trees a lovely texture to them…. and I used a Preset I created called ‘Autumn Tones’ to enhance this photograph.
When we were in Scotland earlier this year, it rained every day.. and as we got talking to people they said the weather hadn’t been that good for a while. But that didn’t put the dampener on our holiday, that is for sure. The above photograph was taken of the River Coe and and I couldn’t believe how fast-flowing that river of water was. It was like a torrent.
I wanted to create the milky effect to the water, but didn’t have a tripod with me, but by luck this photograph was shot from that bridge. And I knew I couldn’t increase my ISO, so the only thing to do was to decrease the aperture, which I did. I used a setting of f/22 which then gave me a shutter speed of 1 second. I used the bridge railing as my stabiliser and I was quite pleased with the effect I got. By luck that wooden bridge served its purpose on that day. So if ever you are out and don’t have a tripod with you.. look for something to rest your camera on.
Spanning the river at Russell Gardens near Kearsney in Kent.. are two ornamental bridges… The photograph above was taken whilst on the other bridge looking up the river towards the other bridge and has been created using a 5 shot HDR…
One thing I try to do when processing photographs is remove people from them… normally I wait until people have moved and then I take the shot… but on Friday those gardens were full of children and families… so with the powers of Photoshop I did manage to remove the people in the image. I think my reasoning behind removing people is because I don’t think I would like to appear in someone’s image without giving my consent.
I know at times you can’t remove every person but in those case I try to remove the people who are easily identifiable. Removing the people from the above image was rather a challenge… but it gives you a chance to use Photoshop and I am becoming a great lover of the patch removal tool and the spot healing tool.
Isn’t it funny how we have our own little quirks about photography… mine is not having people in images unless there isn’t a way of removing them. There are times when I look at street photography and then I would love to try that, but then chicken out because I wouldn’t want somebody coming up to me and having a go at me for taking their photography. What are your thoughts about people in your images? Are you comfortable taking shots of people? How do you approach people in street photography? I would love to hear how get to feel comfortable about taking images with loads of people in them.
Well my cutting back on blogging has taken a turn for the worse… it started out with good intentions… and the first week, I did manage to do one post about all the images I sent to my social media sites… but trying to keep track of what you have posted to social media and what you haven’t posted was beginning to take far more time than actually doing a blog post… so I am afraid guys, it is back to the old ways… Blog when I process a photo.
The above photograph was processed using my ‘Deep and Moody – Landscape’ Preset which is part of my Deep and Moody Presets Collection and was taken on a bridge over the River Leven on the B863 at Kinlochleven in Scotland.
Another photograph of the lake at Lullingstone Castle, which upon Googling is actually the River Darent. On our previous visit back in June 2014… those little boats on the right-hand side were being used for fishing…
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
Now with my hip and knee playing havoc.. a lot of the off-the-road shots had to be taken by him indoors… I managed a few steps but as for walking across rocks and rugged ground… for me that was definitely a no-no. The above photograph was taken as we were heading back to Invercoe and is water that leads into the River Coe… I couldn’t believe how much force was created by those waterfalls and the water that rushed towards the river. It was pure unspoilt countryside and so beautiful…
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:
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.