Before and After Challenge – 1st January 2020

Happy New Year Everyone xx   We hope you had a great Xmas and we wish you a happy and prosperous New Year. This month's Before and After photo challenge is a photograph of Llandudno photographed from the pier. DOWNLOAD FOR THIS MONTH'S PHOTO To use the image, which is in raw and jpeg, download … Continue reading Before and After Challenge – 1st January 2020

Before and After Challenge – 1st December 2019

This month's Before and After photo challenge is a photograph of Canary Wharf taken from across the River at North Greenwich. DOWNLOAD FOR THIS MONTH'S PHOTO To use the image, which is in raw and jpeg, download the zip folder and then extract the image contained in the folder. My Edits In Lightroom, I used … Continue reading Before and After Challenge – 1st December 2019

Before and After Challenge – 1st November 2019

This month's Before and After photo challenge is a photograph of Bodiam Castle in East Sussex. DOWNLOAD FOR THIS MONTH'S PHOTO To use the image, which is in raw and jpeg, download the zip folder and then extract the image contained in the folder. My Edits For my edits, I wanted to create a dark … Continue reading Before and After Challenge – 1st November 2019

Before and After Challenge – 1st October 2019

This month's Before and After photo challenge is a panoramic photograph of the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, which I stitched together in Photoshop. DOWNLOAD FOR THIS MONTH'S PHOTO To use the image, which is jpeg, download the zip folder and then extract the image contained in the folder. My Edits I did … Continue reading Before and After Challenge – 1st October 2019

Critiquing your own image

Must be one of the hardest things to do... I know I have found it hard.  Well, let's start at the beginning. You all know I had a hard-drive failure and one of the images I lost was one I processed in Topaz Studio and Luminar of boats at Folkestone Harbour.   As much as … Continue reading Critiquing your own image

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 photo... so what do I do with it?  Of course, at a texture and use … Continue reading The power of texture

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... … Continue reading Apricot Roses

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 has many petals and I did manage to get most of the rose in focus... … Continue reading From Harsh to Delicate

Before and After Monthly Photography Challenge

One of the things I like about Photography is processing an image... I like to see what it looked like before I started to do my edits and what the final image looks like.. so with that in mind I thought I would start hosting a mid monthly photography challenge, where you can send in your … Continue reading Before and After Monthly Photography Challenge

Birling Gap

Sheer Drop

  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 … Continue reading Sheer Drop

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 are astounding. For the above image I wanted to create a dark image... with a … Continue reading Stranger on the Shore

Purple Flower of Quex

The above photograph has been processed in both Lightroom and Photoshop.... and was taken at Quex Park Gardens, near Birchington in Kent on the Isle of Thanet.. back in July of 2015. The gardens are spectacular and the wooded area is lovely to roam around.  As you can see from the photograph on the right … Continue reading Purple Flower of Quex

Hydrangea in Bud

  Normally I never shoot unless absolutely necessary in a ISO higher than 200... the above image was shot with an ISO of 400.. and there was some noise to the photograph.  Initially I thought I might bin it, but decided to play around with some Presets I have from Serge Ramelli - Golden Age … Continue reading Hydrangea in Bud

Surrounded by Bluebells

Today I watched a video that was created by Laura Macky about replacing colours in an image.  And it was one from her expanding horizons tutorials.  I had never thought about using colour range to change parts of an image.   So I thought I would give it a go.  So first of all I did my usual … Continue reading Surrounded by Bluebells

Second attempt of a silhouette

  Well the above is my second attempt at a silhouette photo.  You see I have a Photoshop book that gives you projects to do.. and one of those projects was silhouettes.. I followed the books instructions of finding two photographs to use for the silhouette. My first photograph was on Canary Wharf in London.  … Continue reading Second attempt of a silhouette

Surfer Girl

Tonight I thought I would try something completely different... I wanted to push the limits and process a photo in a totally different style to what I normally do. The first objective was to find a photo to use ... and I chose the above photograph which was taken back in September 2014 at Joss … Continue reading Surfer Girl

Tip Toe Through The Tulips

The above photograph was taken at Merriment Gardens in East Sussex.. earlier this month... as you can see there are a couple of trunks that distracted your eye away from the tulips... so my first job in Lightroom was to clone those out using 'Spot Removal Tool'.  After that I then cropped the image to … Continue reading Tip Toe Through The Tulips

Beautiful in White – Flower

Last year we visited Quex Gardens near Birchington in Kent... and I took this picture of a white flower that was planted within the walled gardens. The exposure was all wrong and it was far too bright and I didn't like the green leaves in the right-hand corner. So today I wondered if I could … Continue reading Beautiful in White – Flower