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The power of texture

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…

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Photoshop – Layer Blending Modes

One of the things that frightened the death out of me in Photoshop was blending modes… and how to use them… For ages I couldn’t get to grips with what they did until I read this blog post called Photoshop…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Canary Wharf at Night

The above image was created by stacking 5 different exposed shots and then aligning the images and by using stack mode of median, before processing in Lightroom.

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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…

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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…

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One Photo Focus – September – Balclutha

  Well it is that time of the month again when we get the chance to edit a photograph in the One Photo Focus Challenge hosted by Stacy Fischer. A challenge that I love doing… especially when you see the…

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Friday Quick Tip – Photoshop – Dodge and Burn

Yesterday I mentioned this tip and how I had used it… and boy was I glad Matt Kloskowski did this tip… because it made dodging and burning in Photoshop a whole lot easier.  

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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…

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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…

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Friday Quick Tip – Photoshop – Perfect Font

For years I have been scrolling through fonts in Photoshop and this tip is absolutely brilliant….  It should also work in Photoshop Elements as well.     Thanks to Matt Kloskowski xx

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Friday Quick Tip – Photoshop – Changing Opacity

Here is a very useful tip from Matt Kloskowski for quickly changing the opacity of a layer….

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Friday Quick Tip – Photoshop – Using Colour

Sheffield Park Gardens

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…

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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…

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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…

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Monochrome Madness – MM 3-12 – High

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..

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Hever Castle Lake

Hever Castle Lake

    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…

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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…

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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…

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26 Weeks Letter Challenge: ‘L’ – Lupin

  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…

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26 Weeks Letter Challenge – Letter K

  Lori’s challenge for the 26 Weeks Letter Challenge was a hard one.. this week.  I wanted to play along but was getting really stumped at what images I had with objects in that started with the letter ‘K’.  I was just…

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Stranger on the Shore

  On Friday we went to Seven Sister and Birling Gap in East Sussex… I have to say the drive down there was beautiful as we headed through the Kent and East Sussex countryside… and the views from Birling Gap…

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