Thursday Doors – Log Cabin

Log Cabin at Emmetts Gardens in Kent. Camera: Canon EOS 1100DLens: Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 ISF/Number: f/7.1ISO: 100 Focal Distance: 40 mmShutter Speed: 1/10 secSoftware: Adobe Lightroom CC Posted as Part of Dan's Thursday Doors Photography Challenge.

One Word Sunday – Restoration

In 2015 a huge fire ripped through the main house at Clandon Park in Surrey.  And they are still restoring the main house to its former glory.  You can view the fire damage on the National Trust Website. We visited Clandon Park back in 2012. And the marble hall which was badly damaged by the … Continue reading One Word Sunday – Restoration

Mid-Week Monochrome – MWM -10 – Stately Homes

We are both members of the National Trust.. and one of the places I used to love visiting was Wakehurst Place.  However, they have now decided that car parking at Wakehurst would become hugely expensive with extortionate prices.  So we don't visit there anymore. National Trust Members - Cars: £2 for the first hour, £5 … Continue reading Mid-Week Monochrome – MWM -10 – Stately Homes

Flower of the day – 31st October 2018

For today's Flower of the Day hosted by Cee Neuner, I thought I would process this hydrangea bloom that was starting to go into full bloom.  This hydrangea was planted at Sheffield Park Gardens in East Sussex which is owned and maintained by the National Trust.

City Sonnet – October 17th 2018 – Landscape

On our way to North Yorkshire, we stopped off at a place called Nostell, which is owned and maintained by the National Trust.  And I thought this image was perfect for City Sonnet's October Photography Challenge for today called Landscape.

Canterbury Cathedral

A Photo a Week Challenge: Gilded

Well, I can't believe it is Thursday already and time for Nancy Merrill's Photo a Week.  And the theme for this week is Gilded.   However, this week's challenge was not as brain-raking as the previous weeks have been at times, simply because I remembered that we visited Canterbury Cathedral and I remembered that one … Continue reading A Photo a Week Challenge: Gilded

Mid-Week Monochrome – MWM 4

It is time for Mid-Week Monochrome again, and this time for my submission I thought I would post a monochrome photo of Smallhythe Place in Tenterden, Kent.  The processing of this photograph was done in ON1 Raw 2018.5 and consisted of creating a Black and White aged Preset.  I then added a border and a … Continue reading Mid-Week Monochrome – MWM 4

The Lake at West Green

Another photo I found when culling, was this one from West Green Gardens in Hampshire.  A property and gardens which is owned and leased out by the National Trust.  On the day we visited, they were preparing for a special occasion.. hence the marquees.   The day to day running of West Green gardens is … Continue reading The Lake at West Green


A photo a week challenge – The fruits of your labour

We are both members of the National Trust, and we love to travel around and see the many stately homes, gardens and ruins the National Trust has to offer.   On our recent trip to North Yorkshire, we visited Fountains Abbey, photographed above. Anyway the challenge for this week's A photo a week, hosted by … Continue reading A photo a week challenge – The fruits of your labour

Mid-Week Monochrome – MWM 2

It is time for Mid-Week Monochrome again and I thought I would process another image we took way back in 2012 when we first started on our photography challenge.  It is a photograph of the main house at Bateman's House which is owned and maintained by the National Trust.  And of course, it was the … Continue reading Mid-Week Monochrome – MWM 2

Flower of the Day – 16th August 2018

My entry for Cee's flower of the day, is these beautiful bluebells.   At the time when these bluebells were out, I was beginning to suffer from arthritis in my hips and couldn't bend down to photograph them.  So I gave orders to the other half to kneel down and take the shot.  So pleased … Continue reading Flower of the Day – 16th August 2018

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 this photograph of some red flowers and wanted to see if I could create a … Continue reading Creating Watercolour Effect Photography

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

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

Monochrome Madness – 3-5

This week I set up a reminder to enter Leanne Cole's weekly photograph challenge of Monochrome Madness.  It is a weekly theme where you can submit a monochrome photograph and Leanne will host it on her blog.  My picture for this week is from Nymans in West Sussex....