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Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey

A photograph of Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire.

Well we’ve just had a four day break in Yorkshire… and one of the places we visited was Fountains Abbey near Ripon in North Yorkshire which is own and maintained by the National Trust.

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Flower of the day – 2nd September 2018

Rosebud
Rosebud

A photograph of a rose bud taken within the gardens of Nostell, West Yorkshire.

Entered into Cee’s Flower of the Day photography challenge for the 2nd September 2018.

Flower of the Day – 1st September 2018

Purple flower of Nostell

A photograph of a purple flower taken at Nostell in West Yorkshire.

A purple flower photographed within the gardens of Nostell, West Yorkshire and entered into Cee’s Flower of the Day photography challenge.

Flower of the day – 31st August 2018

Rose of Nostell

A photograph of a rose photographed just after a rain shower.

A photograph of a rose taken within the gardens of Nostell in West Yorkshire, and entered into Cee’s Flower of the Day photography challenge.

Flower of the day – 30th August 2018

Yellow flower of Nostell

A photograph of a yellow flower taken within the gardens of Nostell in West Yorkshire.

Entered as part of Cee’s Flower of the Day Photography Challenge.

Flower of the day – 29th August 2018

Rose of Nostell

A photograph of a rose taken at Nostell in West Yorkshire.

Entered as part of Cee’s Flower of the Day Photography Challenge.

Flower of the day – 28th August 2018

Flower from York

A photograph of a beautiful flower in York City Centre.

Entered into Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge.

Flower of the day – 27th August 2018

Dahlia of York

A photograph of a dahlia taken in York City Centre.

These beautiful dahlias were photographed in York City Centre… they were such vibrant yellow and are entered into Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge.

Photo for the Week – 6 – Country roads

Country Roads

Countryside from High Halstow in Kent.

Another image I found whilst culling my Lightroom Catalogue, was this image of the country roads taken at HIgh Halstow… I had previously worked on this image to create a golden toned image, which was less saturated

St Margaret's Church - High Halstow

Country Roads

It is good to rework an image.. firstly it gives you a chance to use other software and editing techniques and secondly you can see how well your editing skills have improved.  I really love how I reworked this image to remove the road markings and to give the sky a more natural look.  As well as vibrancy of the colours.  Both images have their own appeal, but my choice is the new edit… the vibrancy of colours and softness really do appeal to me.

Please feel free to enter the Photo for the Week challenge – the instructions are below.  Many thanks to all those that submitted their images for last week… I really enjoyed viewing them xx

Photo for the Week

Join the Challenge

If you wish to participate in the weekly challenge, please feel free…  my weekly post will be published at 8am every Monday.  The challenge will be called Photo for the Week# (representing the number) – Subject Name, and here are the instructions for entering:

  1. Publish a post on your blog by the following Monday as this challenge starts on a Monday and my post for the forthcoming week is published at 8 am UK Time.
  2. Use the tags PFTW  or Photo for the Week – that way I can find the tags easily in WordPress Reader, which means I won’t miss a submission.
  3. Create a pingback to the relevant week.
  4. If you can’t create pingback/trackback, don’t worry, post a comment below and I will comment on your blog.
  5. Follow Ryan Photography so you don’t miss out on the weekly challenges.

The challenge is for fun and as a way to introduce others to your blogs and/or photography.  There are no hard and fast rules… just join in and have some fun xx

If you wish to participate in a daily floral challenge Cee Neuner runs various challenges including Flower of the Day. Pop on over to her blog and have a look.  She also has a list of other Challenges that are taking place, should you be missing the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenges like I am.

Have a good week everyone xx

Flower of the day – 26th August 2018

My entry for Cee’s flower of the day… taken at Anglesey Abbey.

Flower of the day – 25th August 2018

A photograph of rhododendron flowers and submitted to Cee’s flower of the day challenge.

Flower of the day – 24th August 2018

My submission to Cee’s Flower of the day. Have a great weekend everyone. xx

On the beach

Today I decided to use a photograph of an image we took which was just a holiday snap and before we even decided to take up photography as a hobby.

I wanted to see how far I could process them image as it was photographed with a Fuji FinePix S5700 way back in August 2011.

Original Image

Original Image from Fuji FinePix Camera S5700

After minor Lightroom Edits prior to sending to Photoshop

After Pro Warm Haze Filter and minor Lightroom Adjustments

After colour layering in Photoshop

After Colour Layering in Photoshop

Final Image

Final Image

The final image was processed again in Lightroom to give it painterly effect.  To be honest I was quite surprised at how this turned out… I really thought it wouldn’t process as well as it did.  Oh the surprise of photo editing software… I love it.

Flower of the day – 23rd August 2018

Hydrangea bloom from Scotney

A digital image of a hydrangea bloom photographed at Scotney Castle

The above photograph is entered into Flower of the Day  hosted by Cee Neuner and was taken at Scotney Castle in Kent just as an hydrangea bloom was starting to come into full bloom.  One thing I do love about hydrangeas is how long their blooms last.  They bloom for months and months.

Back to Scotney

Bell Tower at Scotney

The Bell Tower and Visitor Centre at Scotney Castle in Kent.

At the moment I am really liking this soft style of processing and creating images which are a little more saturated.   The above image was photographed at the rear of the visitor centre.  Firstly why I chose the rear was because one there wasn’t people hanging around the café, visitor centre and shop and secondly because I think the landscaping around the building is beautiful.

Old Scotney Castle

A photograph of the Old Scotney Castle and lake.

As you stroll down towards the old castle, you can walk around the moat, come lake, and the above photograph was photographed from across the lake looking towards the old castle.  It was March and spring hadn’t really sprung yet.. and that great tree didn’t have a leaf on it at all.  In fact I like the tree being barren.  It adds character to it and you can see clearly the vast amount of branches that will become full of leaves and a whole lot greener.  I think it is the cold stark appearance of that tree that catches my eye, as it sits proud next to the old castle.

Flower of the day – 22nd August 2018

Flower of High Elms

A purple flower taken at High Elms Country Park near Bromley

For today’s flower of the day hosted by Cee Neuner, I thought I would submit this purple flower which was photographed at High Elms Country Park near Bromley.

Anyway.. back to my hard-drive failure… it seems I only lost about 53 images… which were mainly PSD’s.. however… I’ve learnt my lesson. Back Up, Back Up and Back Up again.

Well there I was searching for cloud storage when Amazon Photos showed up in my search.  By all accounts as I am a Prime Member I can upload as many photos as I want and up to 10gb of videos… Result..

Now I have a lagging laptop, trying to upload my whole collection to Amazon Photo… but it will be worth it in the end.

Flower of the day – 21st August 2018

Flowers from Great Comp

A monochrome photograph of flowers from Great Comp Gardens

A monochrome photograph of flowers taken at Great Comp Gardens, entered as part of Flower of the Day hosted by Cee Neuner.

Flower of the day – 20th August 2018

Flower from the greenhouse

A photograph of a flower taken in the greenhouse at Hall Place, Bexley.

Well all I can say is what a couple of days.  We all don’t think it is going to happen to us, but believe me it does.  HARD DRIVE FAILURE!!!!  Yes I was processing an image in Photoshop when all of a sudden… my external portable hard-drive where I keep my photographs stopped working.

First of all I thought was it the laptop?  No… the drive wouldn’t work on my desktop.  Anyway by chance, we hadn’t been out a lot this year.. and the last time I backed up my drive was in Autumn 2017.  So I didn’t lose many originals.  But I lost all my PSD’s of images I created in Luminar and other Software programs.

Now something I did learn from this… is this.  If you create smart previews of your images.  You can export them again, as full-size DNG photos should your hard-drive crash and you no longer have the originals.  By chance I managed to save some.. but I did lose quite a few images.

So tips from me… to you….

  • Back up, Back up, and Back up again.
  • Create smart previews of everything in your Lightroom Catalogue.. if by chance you do have a crash.. Lightroom will export the smart preview as a DNG File.
  • Make sure you create smart previews of all edits that are imported back into Lightroom.
  • Creating smart previews can be done at import… or you can simply go to your Library Module, click on Library → Previews → Build Smart Previews.

And the above image is part of the Flower of the Day hosted by Cee Neuner.

 

Photo for the Week – 5 – Clifftops

First of all… thank you to all those bloggers, who entered last week’s Photo for the Week, some wonderful images were submitted.  Many thanks to you all for taking time out and submitting your images.. it was greatly appreciated and I loved viewing them.

As most people posted what the same as the subject which I posted, I have decided to make it a topic challenge.  Hope you don’t mind, the change.. to this challenge.

Another image I found whilst culling my Lightroom Catalogue, was this image of the clifftops at Cliftonville Bay in Kent.  For this image I thought I would create three different images, using presets in Lightroom, from the one image.

Preset – Brown and Cream

On the cliff tops

A photograph of Cliftonville Bay taken on the cliff tops

Preset – Soft Mist

On the cliff tops

A photograph of Cliftonville Bay taken on the cliff tops

And Finally Preset – Aged Photo

On the cliff tops

A photograph of Cliftonville Bay taken on the cliff tops

I love the vibrancy of the Soft Mist, but I also love the muted tones in the Aged Photo Preset.

Please feel free to enter the Photo for the Week challenge – the instructions are below.  Many thanks to all those that submitted their images for last week… I really enjoyed viewing them xx

Photo for the Week

Join the Challenge

If you wish to participate in the weekly challenge, please feel free…  my weekly post will be published at 8am every Monday.  The challenge will be called Photo for the Week# (representing the number) – Subject Name, and below are the instructions for entering:

  1. Publish a post on your blog by the following Monday as this challenge starts on a Monday and my post for the forthcoming week is published at 8 am UK Time.
  2. Use the tags PFTW  or Photo for the Week – that way I can find the tags easily in WordPress Reader, which means I won’t miss a submission.
  3. Create a pingback to the relevant week.
  4. If you can’t create pingback/trackback, don’t worry, post a comment below and I will comment on your blog.
  5. Follow Ryan Photography so you don’t miss out on the weekly challenges.

The challenge is for fun and as a way to introduce others to your blogs.  There are no hard and fast rules… just join in and have some fun xx

If you wish to participate in a daily floral challenge Cee Neuner runs various challenges including Flower of the Day. Pop on over to her blog and have a look.  She also has a list of other Challenges that are taking place, should you be missing the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenges like I am.

Have a good week everyone xx

Flower of the day – 19th August 2018 – Rose

A photograph of a rose photographed at Stoneacre near Maidstone Kent.

Another rose image for Flower of the Day hosted by Cee Neuner.  The above photograph was taken today at Stoneacre a National Trust property at Otham near Maidstone in Kent.

Flower of the Day -18th August 2018

Yellow Rose of Chartwell

A photograph of a yellow rose photographed at Chartwell in Kent.

A photograph of a yellow rose photographed at Chartwell, the home of the late Sir Winston Churchill and entered as flower of the day hosted by Cee.  Have a great weekend everyone and happy snapping!! xx

Mirrored in the Lake

Reflection in the lake

A sepia toned photograph of Leeds Castle on a cold winter’s morning, reflecting into the lake.

My entry to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Mirror images or reflections.

A photo a week – Street lights

Westminster Bridge

A photograph of Westminster Bridge, with a moonlit sky added in Photoshop.

For this week’s challenge set by Nancy Merrill entitled A photo a week – Street lights, I thought I would do a composition of an image I took of Westminster Bridge in London.  The original photograph was shot in daylight, so I played around with the lighting and colour tones until I got a night time feel.  I then added light to the lamps and then enhanced the sky by adding a moonlit sky.

Flower of the Day – 17th August, 2018

Flower from Mount Ephraim

A sepia effect of a flower photographed at Mount Ephraim Gardens in Kent.

My flower of the day entered into Cee’s Flower of the Day – 17th August 2018.  Have a great weekend everyone xx

Rough seas at Cliftonville

Cliftonville Bay

Rough seas at Cliftonville Bay

Another image I found whilst culling… this was photographed at Cliftonville Bay in Kent during rough seas..

Friday Quick Tip – Lightroom – Crop Tool

Well today’s tip isn’t a 60 second one but about 8.50 minutes, but the bit that I found interesting was within the first 30 seconds.. about leaving space when taking photograhs in order to get a more pleasing crop in Lightroom.  Laura talks about the Crop Tool in Lightroom as well as no-no’s about horizons.

I am one for zooming in on my subject… which doesn’t leave me much room to crop.  So something I must do from now on is provide enough space in my images for me to crop for a more pleasing composition.

So what you learn from this video

  • Leaving space around subject
  • Horizons should not be central on an image
  • Crop image before editing to get correct composition
  • Crop tool overlays in Lightroom.

Thank you Laura and you can view more of Laura’s Images on her website. xx

A photo a week challenge – Attitude

Miss Haversham

A photograph of one of the people at the Dickensian Christmas dressed as Miss Haversham.

For Nancy Merrill’s Photo for the week challenge called attitude, I have choosen a picture I took at Dickensian Christmas back in 2013 of Miss Haversham.  The attitude of Miss Haversham’s relatives was one of not caring and only wanting her for her money.

Miss Haversham who was a victim of her lover’s greed, who robbed and deserted her, shows the scars etched into her face.  She knows by having money it doesn’t guarantee you anything, especially when it comes to avoiding unhappiness and greed of others.

Her attitude with regards to her life was to become a recluse and hide away from the outer world as much as she possibly could even if it meant her liviing in isolation and solitude.

Penshurst Place

Carrying on from Matt’s Luminosity Colouring in Photoshop… I thought I would try this technique on a set of images which I turned into a panoramic shot of Penshurst Place.  Oh boy, can you play around with the colours, using Matt’s tutorial!

Penshurst Place

A photograph of Penshurst Place edited in Photoshop and Luminar

The sky was bland, there was little detail there, but by using this technique I managed to add some colour as well as a gradient overlay to the sky.

Removing Elements from main image with Luminar

Penshurst PlaceNow whilst in Photoshop I did manage to remove a couple of people who were standing by the actual castle.. using the clone stamp tool and patch tool.  However, as you can see from the image on the right, there were people standing within the arches.  I tried to remove them in Photoshop without much success.

As I wanted to process this image in Luminar 2018, I wondered if the Luminar Erase tool would be a better tool to use.  I wasn’t holding my luck out too much for a successful erasure of these people in Luminar, but was I impressed with the result.  I just painted over the people and pressed erase and that was it.   They were removed and the image filled in with the content of arches.. without me having to clean it up in Photoshop.

I have removed a couple of  little things before in Luminar but never nothing that left such little detail for the software to work on.  I was totally astounded by how well Luminar managed to remove the people and fill in the gaps with content-aware.

Once I had finished in Luminar, it was back into Photoshop where I saved the image and then imported it back into Lightroom where I added a black and white Preset.

Penshurst Place

A photograph of Penshurst Place edited in Photoshop, Luminar 2018 and Lightroom 

As well as a coloured Preset

Penshurst Place

A photograph of Penshurst Place edited in Photoshop, Luminar and Lightroom

However out of the two images I do prefer the black and white version.

So if you have Luminar 2018 and you want items removed from your image… give it a try.  Believe me it was a whole lot easier than doing it in Photoshop.

If you don’t have Luminar 2018 and wish to purchase it.. just click on the three little lines next to the word Sidebar, scroll down,  and purchase it through my affiliate link within the sidebar.

Happy snapping everyone xx

 

 

Flower of the Day – 16th August 2018

Bluebells of Emmetts

A photograph of bluebells taken at Emmetts Garden, processed with an aged effect.

My entry for Cee’s flower of the day, is these beautiful bluebells.   At the time when these bluebells were out, I was beginning to suffer from arthritis in my hips and couldn’t bend down to photograph them.  So I gave orders to the other half to kneel down and take the shot.  So pleased he did as I said for once. 😀 😀 😀

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle

A split-toned photograph of Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent.

As Leanne Cole is taking a break and there is no Monochrome Madness until possibly next month… I thought I would process and post this image as it was in my list of potential MM Photos.  Again this is an image I found during my culling (which by the way is still on going).  Only 23,000 more images to view. 😀 😀