Rochester Cathedral Catalpa Tree

    Since I was knee-high to a grasshopper and living in Rochester, I can remember this tree... As we walked through the Vines in Rochester heading towards the Castle we would stop off and play around this wonderful.  The Catalpa Tree (American Indian Bean Tree) was planted outside Rochester Cathedral was planted over 150 [...]

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Strolling around Rochester – Street Photography

Over the weekend at Rochester in Kent was the Medieval Merriment Festival which was held in the Castle Gardens, not far from the High Street in Rochester.   With Knights in armour, and period traders, this event gave me the perfect opportunity to practice my Street Photography. And because there were tourists there I didn't [...]

Bridge WordPress Photo Challenge

This week's WordPress Photo Challenge theme is called Bridge.  WordPress ask you to post a photograph of a bridge.  To me, a bridge is something that takes you from one place to another.  Whether it be a void, a river, a road, or a walkway.  And for this week's subject I decided to use a [...]

Delta WordPress Photo Challenge

Well I am still trying to catch up and last week's WordPress Photo Challenge called Delta and WordPress asks you to share a picture that symbolizes transitions, change, and the passing of time. For me there is nothing up change going on with our coastlines here in the UK.  What with coastal erosion and rock [...]

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Heritage

It is time again for the weekly WordPress Photo Challenge and this week's theme is Heritage.  Here in the UK we are steeped with Heritage especially along our shores and waterways.   A lot of our castles are now owned and maintained by Scottish Heritage and English Heritage with a few being owned by the [...]

Topaz Remask… just can’t believe it.

Now I love Lightroom and the majority of my work's carried out in Lightroom.  However, Lightroom does have its limitations and one of those limitations is that you can't work with layers or add textures to your images.  So Photoshop is my number photo editing software that I turn to when adding textures.  But what I [...]

Blue Rose of Belmont House and Gardens

Blue Rose

I've played around with the Oil Paint filter at times in Photoshop before.  However, due to it not working on my desktop I invested in Topaz Impression.  What I like about Impression is that the software applies different styles and  brush strokes to your image.  However, for this Blue Rose image I wanted to stick primarily to using [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Duck Pond

I really can't believe how much I am liking this Topaz Texture Effects. The above photograph heading its way to the trash bin; I didn't like it at all. I didn't like the sky. I didn't like the texture of the photograph, so for experimentation purposes, I wanted to see if this photograph which was heading towards that recycle bin could be transformed using [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 that is rather distracting and a piece of fencing that just doesn't seem to belong [...]