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On the River at Cockermouth

There has been a lot of hype about the price increase for Adobe Software.  By luck, here in the UK, you can still get the Photography Package for £9.98.  How long that will last I really don’t know!  But the…

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Boats at Dungeness

On a cold winter’s morn, we set out for Dungeness to photograph the boats that sit on the shore. I liked the above image but it was too cluttered for me  What with the black box, little dinghy and the…

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Just Playing Around with Photoshop and a Sidmouth Coastline Image

Way before we decided to take up photography, back in 2011, we visited Sidmouth on a windy day.  Anyway this image was taken of the waves crashing over the rocks. There is something about it I like.. so I decided…

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Photoshop – Saving as a PSD

When working in Photoshop, and adding elements to an image and different layers adjustments, like texture and moon’s/skies etc, when saving the image I always save it as a PSD.  I never flatten or merge the layers before saving. I…

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Channel Masks and an Autumn Photo

Today I watched a great tutorial from Matt Kloskowski and as a novice Photoshop user, I’ve never really played around with Channel Masks.  Well, to be honest, I didn’t have much of a clue until I watched this video and…

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Another twirling project

I’ve been asked how I twirl an image.. The instructions below are courtesy of Julie Powell, a fine art photographer whose work I truly admire. Please take some time to look at her work.. it is truly inspirational and beautiful….

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The pattern within a pattern

  I decided to twirl the above flowers in Photoshop.  And once I did the initial twirling, I created new stamped layers and then flipped them horizontally and vertically, until I got this twirl effect. It was only when I…

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Playing around – Just for fun

It is winter here in the South East of England and with that comes the closure of many gardens and stately homes.  So for images it is delving into the archives and places we have visited during the years. Well…

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Content aware fill

One of the new powerful features in Photoshop is the Content-Aware Fill tool.  In this video, Julianne Kost explains its concept and what it can do. I wanted to take the content-aware tool a little further. As you can see…

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Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens

Way, way back before we officially took up photography we went on a holiday to Dorset.  And during our holiday we visited Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens.  As we strolled around the gardens we came across this little wooden structure. The above…

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A photo a week challenge – Whimsical

Whimsical Meaning 1. spontaneously fanciful or playful So for Nancy Merrill’s challenge of being whimsical, I thought I would take the playful route of playing with photos in Photoshop. Using the Orb method a blue hydrangea that I used today…

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Han Solo Returns

Well, tonight was movie night in our house… so with 3D Specs on, Solo in 3D graced our screen. Now don’t ask me what happened in the film, cos I ain’t got a clue… Except that there is only one…

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Photo Challenge – Work of Art

For the Weekly Prompts photography challenge called Work of Art, I thought I would use a floral image given a photoshop oil paint effect.  Have a good weekend everyone xx

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Moonlight Composite

One of the tasks that I’ve set myself to learn is composite work.  Yes, I add textures to images, but I’ve never in Photoshop taken two images and then used different elements from each image to create another. In this…

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Flower of the day – 13th September 2018 – In the pink

For today’s Flower of the Day hosted by Cee and Becky’s Square – In the Pink I thought I would create a piece of artwork in photoshop. To the original photograph, I have added a paint effect and texture to…

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On the beach

Today I decided to use a photograph of an image we took which was just a holiday snap and before we even decided to take up photography as a hobby. I wanted to see how far I could process them…

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Penshurst Place

Carrying on from Matt’s Luminosity Colouring in Photoshop… I thought I would try this technique on a set of images which I turned into a panoramic shot of Penshurst Place.  Oh boy, can you play around with the colours, using…

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The Lake at Bedgebury

The lake opposite the visitor centre at Bedgebury Pinetum near Goudhurst in Kent.  This photo was made up of a set of images to create a panoramic view of the lake, and was processed in Photoshop and Lightroom.

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Playing around with a Dahlia

On one of our trips to the many gardens we visit, Pashley Manor in East Sussex, in this case; I came across this vibrant dahlia with the grounds.  I liked the image and decided to give it an oil paint…

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Lightroom CC on laptop/desktop

Oil Paint of Ashehank Woods

  I have been a stark advocate of Lightroom Classic, and would use Lightroom Mobile now and again on my phone or tablet.  But when it came to processing a photograph in Lightroom CC on my desktop or laptop… well…

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Using several editing programs on an image.

  If you are a Creative Cloud subscriber like myself then you automatically get Photoshop with the Photography Plan. For some Photoshop is rather daunting and people sometimes want to steer clear of it.. and at times I feel that…

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Scale WordPress Photo Challenge

Scale is the topic for the Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge for the Week beginning the 11th October 2017, and I have only just got around to processing a photograph for this particular challenge. As I said in my previous post…

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Glow WordPress Photo Challenge

My God I can’t believe it is over a month since I posted to this blog and participated in a WordPress Photo Challenge. Anyway one of the challenges I have missed is called Glow.  Now for me the meaning of…

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Windows WordPress Photo Challenge

It is Wednesday evening and a new WordPress Photo Challenge called Windows has just been set.  And to be perfectly honest the weather is dank and miserable here and my garden is not in a very good state at the…

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Windows WordPress Photo Challenge

It is Wednesday evening and a new WordPress Photo Challenge called Windows has just been set.  And to be perfectly honest the weather is dank and miserable here and my garden is not in a very good state at the…

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Lightroom -v- Photoshop -v- Photomatix for Interior HDR Shots

Now if I can stay within one program to do all my processing.. I am one happy bunny.  Simply because a) my computer is not very good at handling loads of photo-editing programs all at one time and b) it…

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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…

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Working on old images and using Twitter

Over the last couple of days, I have shared more of our photography to Twitter, Viewbug and 500px.  All in all it is rather time-consuming.  I’ve been a member of these sites for a few years, especially Twitter.  So I…

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Creating Watercolour Effect Photography

On Sunday we took a trip to Sissinghurst Castle… in Kent.  Albeit under protest at the last controversy surrounding the outing of a squire as being gay, which I didn’t approve of.  Anyway, we decided to go and I shot…

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Friday Quick Tip – Lightroom to Photoshop – Smart Object

Well the weekend is nearly upon us and hopefully the weather will be good to us. And gives us photographers, both professional and amateur, good weather to go out and shoot our images. For this week’s Friday Quick Tip I…

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