Security of the moat at Leeds Castle near Maidstone

I really can't get my head around the date change of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge... anyway here is my entry for this weeks challenge Security. The above photograph was taken at Leeds Castle back in September 2016 and shows…

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Atop overlooking the countryside

WPC – Atop – Overlooking the countryside

  Another week and another WordPress photography challenge.  And the theme this week is Atop. The above image is my final image processed in Lightroom.  And for this challenge I used an image taken way back in 2014 at the…

Iron Gate

The Iron Gate at Eltham Court Palace

As I mentioned way back... I have had 3 blog posts produced on the Topaz Labs Blog.. I have felt very humbled in being asked, by Jodi Robbins, to write articles for them.   Anyway.. the post I wrote was about adding Paint…

Eltham Palace Moat

The Moat – Eltham Palace Gardens

  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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The great debate… Photograph or Digital Art?

Oh yes, the great debate of whether an image is a photograph or digital art erupted in our house last night.. Well it started by me reading a blog post by Glen Hannah about the Toolwiz Pic App and me…

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…

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle in Monochrome

This photograph was processed using the same method I used yesterday for my Canary Wharf at night photograph.  And the method being this process was as follows: Within Lightroom I took three photographs of different exposure times and opened them…

Sheffield Park Gardens

Friday Quick Tip – Photoshop – Using Colour

You know how you want to intensify colours... and wish certain parts of an image were different layers...  well yes you can use a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer or Levels and Curves... but I use the following method... Create a new…

Twirl Effect

My first week on Social Media…

As much as I like blogging... it has been really nice... just processing photographs and uploading them to Social Media... Many years ago I joined 500px and never really posted much to it... but with my new work flow from…

Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge: #22 Guide the Viewer and Flipping Photos

Cee's CCY Challenge is about guiding the viewer to see your image the way you want them to.. Essay Guide the Viewer As a photographer, we have the option of guiding your viewer to see the photo as you want it…

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…

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…

Yosemite National Park

Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: #21 Landscapes

Another challenge I came across today is one from a blogger I follow on WordPress called Cee Neuner. Her photography challenge is Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: #21 Landscapes. ESSAY Keep your horizon level.  We talked about this during our…

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…

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…

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…

Country Roads… take me home

This photograph was taken by St Margaret's Church in High Halstow, near Rochester, Kent and composed of 6 photos at different exposures. I then merged them in Photomatix and added an autumn tone to the picture, by using a preset…

Yosemite National Park

On the trail

One of my favourite photographers has to be Serge Ramelli and just recently he has been doing tutorials of photographs he has taken at Yosemite National Park and has called them, his "On the trail of Ansel Adams" series. I…

Wooden Bridge

One of the places that we love to visit is Sheffield Park Gardens, and since the car park changes at Wakehurst Place, it seems Sheffield Park Gardens has a hell of a lot more visitors than we've ever seen before.…

Water cascade – Sheffield Park Gardens

The above photograph was taken on Saturday at Sheffield Park Gardens, in East Sussex and is of a metal bridge that spans the cascading water from one lake to a lower lake. The colours were vibrant and I wanted to…

One Photo Focus – Hosted by Stacy Fischer

Just the other day I stumbled across a Photo Challenge hosted by Stacy Fischer of Visual Venturing.  The challenge is to take a photograph submitted by another photographer and process it in your own style.  The original photograph (set of…

Taken by Bren Ryan

Gazebo

Well you have all guessed by now, my forte in Photography is fine-art... I love adding texture and I love playing around in Photoshop.  But one of the things that I find hard is masking, especially when you get a…