Over the Gate and into the Distance

Woodland Walks

    The above photograph is a HDR composite taken at Northward Hill Nature Reserve... it was only a brief stop and this was taken at an off beaten track near the actual farm.  As it was in a dark secluded place, and we didn't bother to use tripods we were lucky that the three [...]

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Stranger on the Shore

  On Friday we went to Seven Sister and Birling Gap in East Sussex... I have to say the drive down there was beautiful as we headed through the Kent and East Sussex countryside... and the views from Birling Gap are astounding. For the above image I wanted to create a dark image... with a [...]

Purple Flower of Quex

The above photograph has been processed in both Lightroom and Photoshop.... and was taken at Quex Park Gardens, near Birchington in Kent on the Isle of Thanet.. back in July of 2015. The gardens are spectacular and the wooded area is lovely to roam around.  As you can see from the photograph on the right [...]

Monochrome Madness MM3-7

God I am getting good at this remembering to send Leanne of Leanne Cole Photography a picture for Monochrome Madness.  The above picture was taken at Folkestone Harbour in Kent.  And I've even managed to get the date right 😀 😀  Normally I am posting a day ahead of when Leanne does her post. 😀 [...]

26 Weeks Letter Challenge – Letter J

  Today I found another photography challenge which Cee Neuner had entered... I am really loving these... this one is created by Lori and is called 26 Weeks Letter Challenge and the subject letter for this week is J.  For my entry into this week's challenge I have entered a Jetty from East Farleigh on [...]

WPC – Kensei Taiko

  Jubilant is the theme for this week's WordPress Photo Challenge.. as they played their drums in rhythm these Kensei Taiko drummers were jubilant with the applause they received from the crowd after their rendition...

Ivory and Fuschia

    One of the places we visited in San Francisco was the Conservatory of Flowers... if you ever go to San Francisco make sure you visit this place, especially if you like flowers. Anyway for my Before and After for today, I chose a photo taken at Conservatory of Flowers... don't ask me what [...]

Friday Quick Tip – Lightroom

So you want to crop and image in Lightroom and you don't know whether to use landscape or portrait mode for your crop, well make your crop and instead of redoing your crop just press 'x'.  By pressing 'x' on your keyboard it will toggle the crop box to toggle from landscape to portrait and [...]

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.   And for the 'tails' part... this is a [...]

Monochrome Madness: 3-6

Honestly I can't believe I've managed it twice in a row... this Google reminder is excellent... anyway here is my contribution for this weeks Monochrome Madness curated by Leanne Cole.  The photograph is of the country road that runs alongside Battle Abbey in East Sussex and down towards the fields where the 1066 Battle was [...]

Hydrangea in Bud

  Normally I never shoot unless absolutely necessary in a ISO higher than 200... the above image was shot with an ISO of 400.. and there was some noise to the photograph.  Initially I thought I might bin it, but decided to play around with some Presets I have from Serge Ramelli - Golden Age [...]

Deer Little Faces

  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.

Soft and Beautiful

When we visited San Francisco last years, we went to the Conservatory of Flowers in the Golden Gate Park... I have never seen such beautiful flowers... truly exquisite and delicate looking petals. As you can see from the picture on the right...which is SOOC there is a dark mark and a very distracting background.  So [...]

Reworking a rose

I thought I would rework a rose.  As I haven't got my external hard drive here at the moment, and am using my laptop, I had the original blog photo in a folder in Google Drive, so I opened that in Photoshop and used only Photoshop for my edits. I started by duplicating the layer [...]

My favourite tool – the crop tool

I don't know about you but there are times when you think you have taken the perfect shot, only to find when you are back home and importing your photos into Lightroom that the image you've just imported it is not what you envisaged when taking the original shot.  The composition is all wrong and you have not taken [...]

River Reflection

Today I read a tutorial by Leanne Cole about reflections and how to add them to your photographs. So I thought I would give it a try with a photograph we took back earlier this year when we visited Maidstone.

Swanning around on my own

Swan

Today I wanted to create a soft looking feel to this photograph, which was taken at Leybourne Lakes in Snodland, Kent.  It is an ideal place for the kids to run around, there is an adventure playground, and of course plenty of dogs on their daily walks, with some even swimming in the lake. My [...]

Monochrome Madness – 3-5

This week I set up a reminder to enter Leanne Cole's weekly photograph challenge of Monochrome Madness.  It is a weekly theme where you can submit a monochrome photograph and Leanne will host it on her blog.  My picture for this week is from Nymans in West Sussex....

Surrounded by Bluebells

Today I watched a video that was created by Laura Macky about replacing colours in an image.  And it was one from her expanding horizons tutorials.  I had never thought about using colour range to change parts of an image.   So I thought I would give it a go.  So first of all I did my usual [...]

Something Different

Julie Powell who supplied the photograph for this month's photography challenge, has on her blog, a tutorial for creating twirls.  It was by luck that I found this tutorial.  And luckily Laura Macky decided to use this technique for her entry to this month's challenge.  So I thought I would give a go with this [...]

One Photo Focus – May

It is that time of month again, when we enter the monthly Photo Challenge held by Stacy Fischer of Visual Venturing... called One Photo Focus. I wanted to create a dreamy looking photograph to this wonderful house.. so I did my basic edits in Lightroom and lowered the clarity to achieve the dreamy, soft looking [...]

Cala Lily

The above picture is of a Cala Lily which was taken at Quex Park in Birchington, Kent. The grounds and gardens are beautiful at Quex Park and there are plenty of picnic areas and places for kids to run around.  And after you've visited Quex Park it isn't too far to the beach... and on [...]

Grazing

When we went to Great Dixter in East Sussex on Saturday, just by the car park was this field that was full of grazing sheep.  I view was spectacular so I asked him indoors to do a panoramic.  So he took 10 shots for me so that I could create a panoramic photo in Photoshop.   [...]