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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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…

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…

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. …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Woodland Walks

Over the Gate and into the Distance

    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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Tip Toe Through The Tulips

The above photograph was taken at Merriment Gardens in East Sussex.. earlier this month... as you can see there are a couple of trunks that distracted your eye away from the tulips... so my first job in Lightroom was to…

Beautiful in White – Flower

Last year we visited Quex Gardens near Birchington in Kent... and I took this picture of a white flower that was planted within the walled gardens. The exposure was all wrong and it was far too bright and I didn't…