The Moat – Eltham Palace Gardens

Eltham Palace Moat

  One of the places we love to visit is Eltham Palace Gardens in London.. which is owned and maintained by the English Heritage... The Palace is surrounded by a moat, with two of moat being water and the other two sides being formal gardens... To gain access to the Palace you have to cross [...]

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Rework of Great Comp Gardens and House

I have to say I am really enjoying myself with Topaz Impresssion and it is a wonderful plugin to add to my Topaz Collection.  Again I feel very humbled that Jodi Robbins of Topaz Labs asked me to do another tutorial for their blog... which you can read here and it is based on using [...]

Moonstar Angel

  A few months ago I came across a site called The Graphics Fairy where you could download free images to use in your digital artwork.. whilst browsing I found this wonderful angel on a crescent moon... and just loved the colours used in the image, so I based my entire composition on those colours. Here are [...]

Santa was sure good

  Well Christmas is over and only the New Year celebrations left to get through before I start getting back to my photography... And boy was Santa a good Santa this year... I did get my soft-box and a new 24mm Pancake Lens and an extension tube for my camera... plus Topaz Impression plug-in. As [...]

Peeling Paint Effect

I was very proud to be asked again to write another article for Topaz Labs... And for this article I thought about using multiple Topaz Labs Plugins to create an image.  And for my tutorial I used this Photograph. You can read the full article at Topaz Labs.    

Lightroom Quick Tip – Scaling

  Have you ever taken a photograph and wished you could have got closer to the subject?  Or you wish that you could crop the image without losing the original size of the image?  Well here is a quick tip for Lightroom Users.. Under the Transform Panel in the Develop Module, there are a set [...]

WPC Magic

There is nothing more magical to see than a howling wolf under the moonlight.. Lately I have been doing a lot of composite images... and I decided to create two images... from the wolf and moonlight, with various processing techniques.  And I thought they would be ideal for this week's WordPress Photo Challenge: Magic. For [...]

Fallen Angel

Carrying on from yesterday.. I have found another few sites that offer free png files for download.. Anyway for today's creation I thought I would use these images... and have processed the above image in Lightroom, giving 5 different versions of the image. I think my favourite has to be the second processed photograph (light [...]

Digital Art – One Step Further

For ages, I have wanted to take my Photoshop Skills to a new level.. and today I decided it was time to venture into the world of digital art.  I have created some forms of art in the past but they have been primarily based on photographs we have taken. Today was the day when [...]

Mixing Filters and Styles on your image

For me Lightroom is my first port of call when processing an image.  I like its simplicity, its versatility and for me the easiest post processing software to use. My main aim of using Photoshop is to remove elements that you can't remove in Lightroom. The above photograph was created by using Lightroom's HDR feature.  [...]

Photographic Style and a Landscaped Garden

  When you think of a panoramic photograph you think of a landscape orientated photograph looking from left to right.. but sometimes you need to go the other way... and Lightroom will easily merge a panoramic going from top to bottom. The above photograph was taken at Great Comp Gardens near Sevenoaks in Kent and [...]

From pink to blue…

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On our visit to Great Comp Garden.. within the gardens was these pretty pink flowers... with petals that looked so delicate.  Anyway I processed the photograph in Lightroom and then decided to do another edit.. only this time I lowered the Vibrance, Clarity and Saturation and added a Deep Blue and Gold split tone...  Which in turn [...]

One Photo Focus – November

Already it is that time of month where we participate in a Photo Challenge hosted by Stacy Fischer of Visual Venturing.  Lately I have been working a lot with textures and as soon as I saw this photograph I thought 'texture'.  And for this challenge I wanted to try something new... I wanted to see [...]

Photoshop Mix for Tablet

Finally it is here.. Photoshop Mix for Android Tablet.. for many weeks and months I have been moaning that Photoshop Mix was only available for your phone.. now it's available for tablet use and I have created the image above using Lightroom Mobile and Photoshop Mix.  Now let's hope that Adobe adds all features of [...]

Monochrome Madness 3:29 – Travel Theme

My god this was a hard monochrome theme this week, especially for me as we are both primarily a landscape and flower photographers, but I was determined to enter Leanne Cole's Monochrome Madness 3:29 - Travel Theme photo challenge. So I had to look in our archive and I came across this photograph which I took when we were [...]

The power of texture

It was cold, it was murky and the sky was absolutely dreadful.. it was dismal and there wasn't any clouds that gave drama to the sky... but even with the sky as dismal as it was.. I still liked the photo... so what do I do with it?  Of course, at a texture and use [...]

Photoshop – Layer Blending Modes

One of the things that frightened the death out of me in Photoshop was blending modes... and how to use them... For ages I couldn't get to grips with what they did until I read this blog post called Photoshop Blend Modes Explained, which gives a very detailed look into blending modes... As you can [...]

Bland sky… Use Topaz Texture Effects 2..

Then no worries.. just use a texture Do you have a photograph, with excellent fall colours, or stunning architecture but the sky lets you down?  Well no fear.. by using Topaz Texture Effects 2 you can give your sky the boost it needs... to take it from a bland boring sky.. to a sky with [...]

Monochrome Madness – MM:3-28

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It is time once again for Monochrome Madness hosted by Leanne Cole Photography, and for the life of me I couldn't pick a picture for love nor money ... I kept processing one... and then resetting and then picked another photograph and reset it.  Whatever it was causing this non-artistic moment,  somehow I just couldn't [...]

Bateman House – Rework

Today in my email inbox came an email from the curator of the A.C.M.C Flickr Group inviting me to join the group and post one of my photos taken of Bateman House the home of the late Rudyard Kipling taken way, way back when we first started out on our photography journey back in 2012 [...]

Monochrome Madness – MM3-27

Well time this week has been on my side and with a spare few minutes and a mind that has remembered to get the photo in before Tuesday, I thought I would do a photograph for Leanne Coles Monochrome Madness Photo Challenge. The above photograph was taken at the weekend at Great Comp Gardens, near [...]

On The Loch

Just over a week ago, I received an email from Jodi Robbins of Topaz Labs, who had seen my Duck Pond photograph; and she asked if I would be prepared to write an article for the Topaz Labs.. First of all I was gobsmacked... I couldn't believe that I was being contacted by a renowned company [...]