Satisfaction So what is satisfaction? For me it is when I accomplish something that I only dreamed of. Like taking a photograph and transforming it into something else. My original image was this deep cerise flower. Even though I liked the original image I wanted to create something different and the colour I had in [...]
Again we are at that point in the week where I participate in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge and this week's topic is Evanescent. And in true form.. I am two days behind. 😀 😀 Well I suppose you can't expect anything less from me at times. One meaning of Evanescent is: soon passing out [...]
Well the revamping of the blog is going well and I am thoroughly enjoying reworking all photographs. Well with time spare on my hands I now have the opportunity to enter this week's photo challenge called Reflecting. Reflections are everywhere and the reflections that I love mostly are the reflections in water... Whether it be [...]
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 Effect to Photos and I used a photograph of a gate that was taken at Eltham [...]
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 downloading it and trying it on some of our photographs. After I processed a couple [...]
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 photo... so what do I do with it? Of course, at a texture and use [...]
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 [...]
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 layer Select Brush Tool Choose Colour Paint over areas with colour Set blending mode to [...]
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 [...]
It is Monochrome Madness time again and the theme for this week is High... and I thought I would add this little squirrel who was sitting high in the tree... Again many thanks to Leanne for hosting these photography weeks..
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... [...]
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.
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 [...]
Well here I am sitting here tonight with two pooches all uptight because they can hear the storms in the distance... looks like I won't be going to bed yet 😀 😀 so I thought I would process this beautiful flower which was growing in the World Gardens, which is within the grounds of Lullingstone Castle in Kent. [...]
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 there were some distractions and I knew I wanted to remove them. So I did [...]
This weeks photography challenge from WordPress is Curve. The above photograph was taken at Queen's House in Greenwich.. and is a photograph of the spiral staircase.
This week's letter for Lori's Photo Letter Challenge is the letter 'L'. Originally I was going to post a photograph of a lake.. but then as I was going through my collections I found this Lupin. I didn't like the background on the original photo... so using Photoshop I changed the background to a graduated [...]
For Hugh's weekly challenge I thought I would post three pictures taken at Chiddingstone Castle in Kent.. The theme was 'Vintage' and there is nothing quite like vintage than an old castle, with its stately rooms. Within this formal sitting room just by the fireside was a table that had this wonderful bone [...]
God I am getting good at this remembering to send Leanne of Leanne Cole Photography a picture for Monochrome Madness. The above picture was taken at Folkestone Harbour in Kent. And I've even managed to get the date right 😀 😀 Normally I am posting a day ahead of when Leanne does her post. 😀 [...]
Tongues and Tails Essay This week’s Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge (CB&W) topic is Tongues and Tails. For the 'tongues' part of the challenge I have to post a picture of my late dog Bo... who went to Rainbow Bridge in July 2012... still sadly missed. And for the 'tails' part... this is a [...]
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 composition classes, but unless you want to give someone a headache or a queasy stomach, [...]
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 I would enter the above photograph which was taken at Bodiam Castle overlooking the fields [...]
The above image is the final image which was mainly processed in Lightroom... however I did go to Photoshop to remove some elements of the photograph which I found distracting. The picture on the right is the one straight out of camera... I started off by adding a Preset by Serge Ramelli called 'B&W: Complexed [...]
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 in Photomatix and once the photograph was re-imported back to Lightroom I then adjusted the [...]
One of the very first places we visited when we started to take up photography was Bodiam Castle in East Sussex. It is a lovely place to visit and the steam train leaves Bodiam for Tenterden very regular... so whilst visiting Bodiam you can also have a nice train ride. When processing a photo, I [...]
A few weeks ago I watched a video about how to create a sunset glow in Photoshop and thought I would give it a try. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cc9-iQBMSI Even though I didn't go as extreme as the video showed me how to... I added two little glows one on the left hand side of the bridge and [...]
In response to The Daily Post's weekly photo challenge: "Express Yourself." I was just about to take Dumplings photo and she decided to stick her tongue out... talk about express yourself about my photography. 😀 😀
In response to The Daily Post's weekly photo challenge: "Rule of Thirds." Frosted New Shoots
As part of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture, I have used the above picture as the texture of the brickwork gives a nice backdrop to this sole yellow flower amongst a mass of purple flowers.