35×35 Slingback!

DSC_9273Just trippin!

Oh, and a technical side if you create time-lapses in lightroom… Stop, watch this and save hours and hours, honestly.

This is my first effort of a time-lapse using photoshop

I am converted!

Manual 365/346 You Ain’t Gona Break It!

blended-3-editTodays’ shot is actually 21 shots taken in Lulworth Cove this morning using a tripod and then blended together in Photoshop to get the long exposure effect on the waves, the Wet Plate look was added afterwards using The Googles Nik Collection Analog Efex2 (free plugin for LightRoom and Photoshop)

My tip for today, utilise the information and tools that are out there. If you’ve had an idea about a particular method or subject there will be a video on Youtube or a Podcast covering the subject and giving you, normally free of charge, all of the information you need to make something great.

I am a huge listener of Podcasts and can highly recommend the following:

The Petapixle Podcast  Hosted by the one and only Sharky James, (this guy is a legend, follow him on Instagram @lensshark) The podcast covers all the latest news in the photography world.

TWIP (This Week In Photo) The Behemoth of the photography world, if there’s a style of photography out there then there’s someone in the TWIP network podcasting about it. The main show is hosted by Fredrick Van Johnson and while covering all recent news tends to be more conversational and longer than Mr Sharkys offerings.

And then there’s the Improve Photography Network another huge offering of many different podcasts, the IP network tend to be more practical advice and work throughs to help you improve your own skills! (The clue is in the name!)

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As for Youtube, take a look at this link, they’re all here...

Peace Peeps! x

Manual 365/297 In My World…

… We have Ice in the Autumn.glassOk, a little jiggery pokery in today’s main shot but we’ll be lucky to get ice over the winter let alone in the autumn so a little bit of editing (I’ll detail what I’ve done below) hopefully will be forgiven.

When I got up this morning the sky was crystal clear, unfortunately, the higher the sun got  the thicker the clouds became and by the time I got into the gardens it was pretty much the same as yesterday so rather waiting in the same place I just carried on walking and pulled in tight.DSC_9598.jpgdsc_9569It’s still a glorious walk whatever the weather.

Right, techy bit for the main shot; 10 one second exposures, edited and the stacked in photoshop, mean tool applied to get the motion of the long exposure, unfortunately there was some movement in the trees and artifacts and aberrations from the different shots in the building and rope beside the path so I save the long exposure shot and then opened that, together with the first of the single shots as layers in Photoshop, added a layer mask and the painted through the original shot to add clarity to the trees then saved it back into lightroom and used the brush tool to reduce the dehaze and up the exposure on the water to give it the ice effect… Go me eh? ;O)

Peace Peeps! x


Manual 365/286 I Did A Photoshop!

Well, this is a bit different, normally, I would have got my shot, done the necessary post in Lightroom (All my shots have at least some editing due to shooting solely in RAW format) and then sat for an hour or two staring at the keyboard wondering what the hell to write. Well, tonight’s a little different.

dsc_7894-editI’ve actually ventured into Photoshop without the aid of a Youtube video and made a picture! (Cue the balloons and trumpets please…) I’ve stacked 102 quarter of a second exposures (that took up the normal keyboard staring 2 hours)  which eventually equated to a 25 and a half second exposure of the clouds and moon above Mere Down this evening into one image, the moon was blurred so I imported the blurred image and one of the 102 back into Photoshop as layers, created a layer mask on one of the originals and painted the sharp moon through. Not one of my best shots but believe me, it’s a milestone!

One of the 102dsc_7894And you’d be surprised how far the Moon moves in less than half a minute!mean

Peace Peeps!x

Manual 365/85 Just A Mere Panoramic

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My first effort at merging photos using Photoshop. A composition of 4 photos taken from the top of Mere Down this afternoon. The camera does have a built in easy panorama function but merging all four RAW files brings in so much more detail and that detail is bought across into the Jpeg conversion. Most of my exports are around the 9-10mb this one tops 33mb! I have bought down and added some blue to the sky in Lightroom.

You can see the photo in more detail on my Flickr feed

Bit brief and techy today. Soz!

Peace Peeps! x



Manual 365/51 Mud Sucks… And So Do Grey Skies

A lot more years ago than I care to mention I used to kit myself out in daps and shorts and meet up with my mates down The Meads to go River Walking. The aim was to get into the river at point A and not get out of the river until point somewhere down there… I do remember it was always frickin’ freezing, sometimes the water was only up to our ankles. Other times we had to swim. The mud on the river bed was always thick, sucking and stinking! But it didn’t matter. Along the river there was a waterfall where, I would guess, in days gone by, there was some pump house or the like that used to supply the local farms. This has long gone but the falls are still there. So, in the bright sun of this morning I decided to make my way down there to get some long exposure shots.

By the time I managed to scale a few fences and slop through some very soggy fields the sun had disappeared and dull, featureless grey skies had taken over. And to top it off, the waterfall had become so overgrown with bracken the only thing that gave it away was the roar of falling water. Disappointed I turned for home.

I love where I live, always have and always will but sometimes, winter sucks!

And all I got was muddy boots!


That said, on the way back I did stop to get a few shots off and to be honest they weren’t the best.

I do know with long exposures you shut everything down, Aperture High f/36 (Small), ISO 100 and I’d even adjusted my exposure compensation to  -5 but even at a one second shutter speed my picture was very exposed.


I don’t know if different cameras could handle this but I was a tad  disappointed. Lightroom cleared it up somewhat and the Spot Removal tool worked quite well on the barbed wire so not a totally wasted day.


I have also revisited a few of my earlier shots today too and tried to make them a little more atmospheric using LR.

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And I feel the need just to mention that my picture got a shout out and a Pick on Tony and Chelsea Northrups’ weekly live YouTube broadcast (My shots’ at 1:02.7) These guys have been a massive influence and their videos are informative and extremely easy to watch and I’ve even got their book; Stunning Digital Photography and it’s a great reference source and contains loads of videos too…

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Peace Peeps!

Manual 365/31 Durdle Door Don’t Do Quidditch…

Wow, what an interesting day, firstly, up early and down to Swanage to watch rain and fog and mist and grey… Turning left on the way out and heading up across the Matravers wasn’t much better, visibility was down to about 20m. Kudo’s to the numerous cyclists I passed, it was not pleasant!

It did improve as I started heading across the ranges to Lulworth Cove but Numb Nuts here forgot change for parking so decided, what with the keen parking attendant stalking about, to keep heading West and towards Durdle Door (What a great name) But alas, the car parking charges were the same but no attendant. I decided to push my luck and parked up, I then had to push myself through the gale that was coming off the sea to get this shot.


I would have ventured further but it was really quite blowy and I knew I’d get a ticket if I stayed parked much longer.

I’m going to put this on the “Revisit” list but not in the summer when it’s packed. I’ll keep an eye on the weather forecast and wait for a cold crisp day.

I have now got Adobe, Lightroom and Photoshop (A little bit of tweaking was done on the picture above) and I must admit I’m a little worried that I’ll start to rely on Post Production. To date, all of my pictures have been “as shot” and the overall majority apart from a tweak or two in the basic editor that comes with most PC’s.

That said I’ve used Lightroom today on one of my older photos to go from this:

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To this:

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And that’s just after watching one Introduction To Light Room video on youtube. it’s an amazing tool! But I will not let it take over my life, that much anyway!

One other shot today:

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Locations for today are Durdle Door and Wareham Ranges (access across to the ranges can be limited when they’re blowing things up)

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