Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Looking Through a Window

I just can't believe it has been a whole week since Cee's last black and white photo challenge.. my god where does the time go? Anyway, Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Looking Through a Window is the theme for this week's challenge. For this challenge I decided to do two photographs.. the photograph above is looking through a [...]

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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

Twirl Effect

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 [...]

Topaz Texture Effects – Preinstalled Presets

For day 7 of my 'test before you buy' of Topaz Texture Effects 2 I thought I would take an image of Leeds Castle, with Lightroom Basic Edits and distractions (people) removed in Photoshop and apply 5 preinstalled Presets of Topaz Texture Effects 2.  No further edits were carried out and none of the presets [...]

Trying something new…yet again

  I just love experimenting.. and when you experiment you learn to do new things in Photoshop and Lightroom.  Now on this PC I have a problem the Oil Paint filter refuses to work in Photoshop.  I don't know what the problem is but no way will it play ball.  And today I wanted to [...]

Leeds Castle in Monochrome

Leeds Castle

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 as layers in Photoshop. I then aligned the layers using the auto-align feature I then [...]

Split-Toning

I was playing around today with an image I took at Merriments Gardens in East Sussex.  As soon as I saw the image I knew I wanted to create a monochrome image of this tulip... I loved the shine on the petals. Anyway after processing the image I thought about playing around with the Split [...]

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 bland and lacking colour. And I wanted to make those roses more apricot in colour... [...]

Reculver Seafront – Monochrome Madness MM3-19

  First of all my sincere apologies to Leanne Cole for not participating much in MM... things in real-life get in the way and I've not been out much lately with my camera... but that will change now.... wheelchair arrived yesterday and it is bank holiday weekend and the sun is going to shine  .... I [...]

Buttercup colour flowers

A photograph of yellow flowers taken at Lullingstone Castle Word Gardens... what attracted me to these flowers was the buttercup colour of the petals.. The original photograph was shot slightly under-exposed and I was rather concerned as to whether I could bring it back in Lightroom and Photoshop... I did use my 'Deep and Moody' Preset [...]

A hint of colour

  Today I wanted to try something different... I wanted to turn a black and white photograph back into Colour.... I processed my black and white image mainly in Lightroom, however I did resort to Photoshop to remove a stem which was protruding through the main  flower.   When I had finished creating my black and [...]

One Photo Focus – August

  Thank you to Stacy Fischer for hosting the One Photo Focus... and this month's image is of the London Eye taken by Robin Kent.  London is not far from me... and I just love that walk along by the London Eye... as you look back you can see the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben [...]

Abstract Art

Let's get the sob story out first.... on my poor knee .... I can hardly walk with it at times...  (Now that is quite enough attention-seeking from you young old lady).  Anyway due to this knee we've not been out since we got back from Scotland a couple of weeks ago... and so I am rather [...]

My first week on Social Media…

Twirl Effect

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 Lightroom, I have been posting quite a bit to 500px.  In fact I have now [...]

One Photo Focus – July

Scotney Castle

It is July's One Photo Focus time and this week I feel very honoured that Stacy has picked a photo I submitted to her.  Thank you Stacy xx And I look forward to seeing all the other edits... So why is it so, so hard at times to become inspirational when you are trying to edit your [...]

Black and White or Colour – Upnor High Street

One place that is close to us is Upnor... and as you stroll down the High Street of Upper Upnor towards Upnor Castle, the road is made out of cobblestones with a pub at the top of the High Street and another pub further down... The High Street, which is a quaint little street, leads directly to [...]

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 has many petals and I did manage to get most of the rose in focus... [...]

Monochrome Madness – MM- 3-11

    For this week's Monochrome Madness, I wanted to do something featuring water... and I thought about this seascape and how rough the seas were that day...the waves were just pounding that beach.. and the sound of those waves crashing was a beautiful sound to hear.  The above photograph was taken just before storm [...]

Rework of Lullingstone Flower

  The above photograph is of a rework of a flower I took at Lullingstone Castle... and never posted because I wasn't happy with it.  Then I put it in a frame and it gave the image a whole new perspective... after a few minor edits.  

Chiddingstone Castle

Chiddingstone Castle

  If you are looking for somewhere to go.. then a trip to Chiddingstone Castle should be on your agenda... and will close on the last day of October this year.... the grounds are spectacular and there is so much to do there... I have to admit the tea-rooms are lovely... Yes the entrance fee [...]