On the roadside at Loch Lomond

Our holiday last year to Scotland was a little marred by my hip pain and lack of mobility.  I would have loved to walk the Highlands and go off the beaten track a little, just to photograph the amazing scenery.  But unfortunately that was…

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Blue Rose

Blue Rose of Belmont House and Gardens

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…

Shadows

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Shadows

As many of you may have gathered by now I am an avid Lightroom User and if I can do all of my processing in Lightroom I will.  Have WordPress excelled themselves?  You bet they have, but I will get…

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…

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…

WordPress Photo Challenge – Tiny

  It has been ages since I have entered the WordPress Photo Challenge... so I decided to enter this tiny little flower into this weeks theme called Tiny.

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 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…

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From pink to blue…

On our visit to Great Comp Garden.. within the gardens was these pretty pink flowers... with petals that looked so delicate.  Anyway I processed the photograph in Lightroom and then decided to do another edit.. only this time I lowered the Vibrance,…

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…

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…

Twirl Effect

Monochrome Madness – MM:3-28

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…

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…

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Rocks

First of all my sincere apologies to Cee for not taking part in her photo challenges lately, time has been of the essence and life got in the way.  Anyway, her challenge this week is about Rocks and I just…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Monochrome Madness – MM3-9

  It is time for Monochrome Madness hosted by Leanne Cole again... and this week's picture was taken at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, on our way back to the car park... I just love how the fence seems to go…

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 28 – Glorious

Hugh's weekly Photo Challenge this week is all about 'Glorious'.  Glorious can mean visual or sound... and I have picked two photos for this challenge.  The first being of wildflowers standing proud in the countryside on a glorious summer day…