Bren & Ashley Ryan Photography

Category: Before and After


Before and After Challenge – 1st October 2019

This month’s Before and After photo challenge is a panoramic photograph of the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, which I stitched together in Photoshop. DOWNLOAD FOR THIS MONTH’S PHOTO To use the image, which is jpeg, download the…

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Before and After Challenge – September 2019

Well, it is that time of the month again… where I give you an image to play around with for the September Before and After Challenge. You can download the images (RAW and Jpeg) by clicking on the link below….

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Before and After Photography Challenge – August 2019

A little while ago I asked which of the three challenges should I keep.  Time is of the essence now and so I am finding hard to keep up with all three challenges as I do love to participate in…

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Before and After Photography Challenge – June 2019

This is the third challenge of the Before and After Challenge, and thank you to all those that took part in May’s Challenge.  It was lovely seeing your images.  For this month I thought an architectural photo of Old Scotney…

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Before and After Photography Challenge – May 2019

This is the second one of the Before and After Challenge, and thank you to all those that took part in April’s Challenge.  It was lovely seeing your images.  Keeping with the water theme I thought for this month a…

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Before and After Photography Challenge – April 2019

As you may have gathered the weekly Photo for the Week Challenge has changed to Photo for the Month and will be held on the first Monday of the month. I do hope you all still continue to take part…

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Playing around – Just for fun

It is winter here in the South East of England and with that comes the closure of many gardens and stately homes.  So for images it is delving into the archives and places we have visited during the years. Well…

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Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens

Way, way back before we officially took up photography we went on a holiday to Dorset.  And during our holiday we visited Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens.  As we strolled around the gardens we came across this little wooden structure. The above…

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Testing textures in ON1 Raw 2018.5

Adding a texture is one of the things I love to do to my images.  I like to create artwork and I have a vast array of textures saved on my hard-drive.  Primarily I would have used Photoshop and spent…

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Comparison of HDR Software

Yesterday I processed the above photographed and posted it on this blog.  The image was created using 3 photos and merged into HDR.  Today I thought I would show you comparisons of three different HDR programs I use, Lightroom Merge…

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Critiquing your own image

Must be one of the hardest things to do… I know I have found it hard.  Well, let’s start at the beginning. You all know I had a hard-drive failure and one of the images I lost was one I…

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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…

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Creating Watercolour Effect Photography

On Sunday we took a trip to Sissinghurst Castle… in Kent.  Albeit under protest at the last controversy surrounding the outing of a squire as being gay, which I didn’t approve of.  Anyway, we decided to go and I shot…

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Processing of A Fallen Tree at Ashenbank Woods

I thought I would give you a guide into the processing I did on the above image.  I knew in my mind I wanted to create a soft but saturated image of a fallen tree at Ashenbank Woods near Cobham. …

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There it stood – one lonely daffodil…

To keep myself out of mischief today I decided to play around with a singular daffodil that was photographed in the greenhouse of Hall Place in Bexley. And believe it or not it is of a miniature daffodil. I wanted…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Topaz Texture Effects Comparison – SOOC -vs – Lightroom Basic Adjustments

Well today is day 6 of my Topaz Texture Effects ‘trial before buy’ challenge.  So for this challenge I thought I would do a complete comparison of using Lightroom and Topaz Effects and just using Topaz Effects. This is the…

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Apricot Roses

  One of the things I love about photography is post-processing… and taking photos to a whole new dimension.  Lately I have been experimenting using Photoshop… which I am slowly becoming conversant with. The above image started out… being rather…

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From Harsh to Delicate

I wanted to create a soft looking flower… and to see how soft and delicate I could make a harsh looking photo by using Lightroom and Photoshop. As you can see from the SOOC photo on the right, that particular rose…

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Hever Castle Lake

Hever Castle Lake

    As you stroll around the grounds of Hever Castle in Kent… you come to this wonderful lake.. and what caught my eye was that red little building beside the lake. As you can see from the original photo…

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Sheer Drop

Birling Gap

  The above photograph was taken at Birling Gap in East Sussex, and was shot just by the houses that are very close to the cliffs edge. As you can see from the SOOC photo, there is a fence post…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 26 – Distance

  Today in my WordPress Reader I came across a post by a blog I follow by Julie Powell and she had written a post about a Photography Challenge set by Hugh of Hugh’s Views & News called Distance. So I thought…

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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…

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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…

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