Flower of the Day – 2nd August

My contribution for Flower of the Day hosted by Cee Neuner.

Flower of the Day – 1st August

Today's flower of the day which is hosted by Cee Neuner is one of the first photographs we ever took as amateur photographers, way back in 2012.  I can't believe that it has been over 6 years since that photograph was taken... and we still love our hobby. Have a good day everyone...

Silence WordPress Photo Challenge

There is nothing like snow... and here in the South East of England we occasionally see the odd flurry but we never have what I would call real snowfall.  Snowfall where places are blanketed from edge to edge with deep, white and crisp snow.  The theme for this week's challenge is Silence. And silence to … Continue reading Silence WordPress Photo Challenge

Growth WordPress Photo Challenge

Well last year just seemed to fly by... and our photography took a back seat... now we are in 2018 and we are determined to get our photography back on track.  So for me with the WordPress Photo Challenge the topic of Growth has two meanings for me. Firstly growing our photography portfolio and getting … Continue reading Growth WordPress Photo Challenge

Satisfaction WordPress Photo Challenge

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 … Continue reading Satisfaction WordPress Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge Surprise

Another week and another challenge and this week's photo challenge set by WordPress is called Surprise.  Of course there was nothing like a surprise cow who wanted to make friends and taste my lens.  Within the grounds of Hole Park near Rolvenden was a field with a herd of cows in it. As we strolled … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge Surprise

Dahlia

Pom Pom Dahlia from Lullingstone – Oil Paint Effect

  To create the above photograph, I started out in Lightroom.  To the dahlia I cropped the image and then did a few minor edits to the image.  Over-processing the image at this point was one thing I didn't want to do, as I knew I would be giving it an Oil Paint Effect in … Continue reading Pom Pom Dahlia from Lullingstone – Oil Paint Effect

Iron Gate

The Iron Gate at Eltham Court Palace

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 … Continue reading The Iron Gate at Eltham Court Palace

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 24mm Pancake Lens and an extension tube for my camera... plus Topaz Impression plug-in. As … Continue reading Santa was sure good

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 downloading it and trying it on some of our photographs. After I processed a couple … Continue reading The great debate… Photograph or Digital Art?

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

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 challenge. For this challenge I decided to do two photographs.. the photograph above is looking through a … Continue reading Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Looking Through a Window

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 could bring it back in Lightroom and Photoshop... I did use my 'Deep and Moody' Preset … Continue reading Buttercup colour flowers

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 was protruding through the main  flower.   When I had finished creating my black and … Continue reading A hint of colour

Sheffield Park Gardens

Friday Quick Tip – Photoshop – Using Colour

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 … Continue reading Friday Quick Tip – Photoshop – Using Colour

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 Lightroom, I have been posting quite a bit to 500px.  In fact I have now … Continue reading My first week on Social Media…

Scotney Castle

One Photo Focus – July

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 is it so, so hard at times to become inspirational when you are trying to edit your … Continue reading One Photo Focus – July

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