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Vintage Boots

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mouse-over for before view. Something a bit different from me this time! You see,  every few weeks a group I am a member of over on Flickr runs a fun photo challenge where you’re given three elements and have to create a new photo, it’s in the Utata group for anyone interested and the challenge […]


Late Roses

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mouse-over for before view. These are almost the last roses of the season and what a wonderful summer and autumn it’s been here too with sunny days, mild temperatures and not as much rain as usual. Winter has arrived today though as has the rain! Roll on spring! This has very simple processing and the […]


Dungeon

mouse-over for before view. Sometimes whilst searching for textures I’ll also fall upon a shot I can use and what a great day that is! Here we were in a village in a very deep gorge that’s known for its champagne type sparkling wine. Being in a deep gorge on a cloudy winter’s day it […]


Garden Barrow

mouse-over for before view. Another from our French farmhouse garden, thought I’d try out my old lensbaby Optic 80 lens for a change. The rusty old wheelbarrow was left by the previous old lady owner. In the background are felled tree branches I’ve been trimming from all the old overgrown trees. The wheelbarrow helps ground […]


Horse track into mist

mouse-over for before view. Great to be back to almost normal after moving house a few weeks back. We’re now in a rural area, away from the mountains and near the famous river Soane which is but a few fields away. We’ve moved to a 300 year old half timbered farmhouse with a large treed […]


Pink Rose

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mouse-over for before view. I was hunting for something to process the other day when I came across this rose image. It’s a nice enough photo untextured but with the addition of just one texture the mood and look have been changed completely.  I could have added softer textures and used a different blending mode […]


Cup of blues

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mouse-over for before view. It’s no secret that I love my blue hydrangeas, unfortunately I have trouble growing them, they all seem to revert to pink unless I sprinkle Aluminium Sulphate around the plant and I’m hopeless at remembering to do this, the result, pink hydrangeas this year! So while I was out on one […]


Road to Carcassonne

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mouse-over for before view. Welcome to the first blog with the new Ethereal Textures used! They say all roads lead to Rome, well this one more so as its a typical Roman road that leads from Carcassonne to Rome. I just shot this quick view on my Iphone from the roundabout at Capestang, it was […]


Ethereal Painterly Launch

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Welcome to the launch of our first Textures Pack of the year with our Ethereal Painterly Textures! This packs launch coincides with a rare planetary alignment going on right now and so its theme perfectly matches our Ethereal textures names! We have found 50 heavenly bodied names to perfectly describe our soft, smokey ethereal textures. […]


Pretty

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mouse-over for before view. It’s been a while since we’ve had some floral prettiness here on the blog!  This was taken in our New Zealand spring a few months back. The flowers grow over the fence just down the hill from where I live and I couldn’t resist picking a sprig while passing, I’ve no […]


Catlins

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mouse-over for before view. During the recent summer holidays we paid a visit to the Catlins, a beautiful unspoilt coastal area to the south of Dunedin. The day we visited it wasn’t very summery, but looking on the bright side, the overcast showery conditions did lead to wonderfully moody photos, the kind that are so […]


the vacancy

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mouse-over for before view. Welcome to our first blog of 2016, here’s to hoping you, our Dear reader, had a good Xmas and New Year? 🙂 Just going through my old external hard drives and came across this Eastbourne shoot I’ve dipped into many times and was even lucky enough to sell a few, the […]


Cliff Cottages

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mouse-over for before view. Just came across this image that I’ve so far never processed, I think I tried before but couldn’t balance out the heavy bottom part properly, though some would perhaps say I still haven’t! However, this time I had Nik Color Pro to help out rebalance and I created a new preset […]


Hotel Concorde

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Welcome to the first Cracks blog, with a bit of a graphical bent, because over the last weekend I found myself both homeless and then booked into this Hotel courtesy of our local Mayor of Beziers, M. Robert Menard who met us outside the house and was both charming and sympathetic after a huge fire […]


Fine Cracks Pack Launch

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We’ve had a crazy time crackle glazing this summer and here with the autumnal fruits of our labours we’d like to present a first ever Fine Cracks Pack! This set was made following on from our Distressed Painterly set, a natural progression to more or less round off where we started, we wanted much finer, […]


Winter Rose

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It’s been a while..sorry! Blame holidays and suchlike. You’ll be pleased to know spring is finally starting to spring here in southern New Zealand (though it doesn’t feel much like it today)! There’s not a great deal in flower in my garden yet, but the Hellebores more commonly called winter roses are in flower, they […]


Feather Light

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mouse-over for before view. I got a new macro lens for my lovely little SonyA7 a couple of weeks and I can definitely say that it’s money well spent! It’s a Sony 90mm F2.8 and the results are beautifully clear and sharp and it has wonderful bokeh. I’m looking forward to having more time to […]


Summer Sale and Preset Launch

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click for bigger view. Welcome to our latest Preset release and Summer Sale!   First the Sale, simply enter the code Summer and you’ll receive a 20% discount on anything in-store including these new presets, but get in quickly, the sale will finish on July 26th! This 5th pack of 40 Fly Nik Color presets are […]


Lacewing Texture with Misty seed heads

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mouse-over for before view. I shot this very early one misty morning back in the autumn with my new Iphone 6 plus. It’s a view looking back towards my girlfriends house up in the French Jura which is surrounded by mature pine trees. Would have been great if a light was on in the top […]


Hydrangea Blue

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mouse-over for before view. Not another hydrangea I hear you saying 🙂 I’m of the opinion that you can never have too many! They’re such photogenic flowers especially my favourite blue variety. This was textured with a mix of old and new Flypapers, one texture came from our ever popular Summer painterly pack and one […]


Distressed Painterly Launch

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Click mosaic for full screen view. Although delayed by server problems, at last, our first new textures set launch of 2015! Always wanting to give that bit more with each new Flypaper pack, for this new Distressed Painterly pack, think Shabby Chic!:-) Think of it as a kind of two-part pack with traditional grunge painterly […]


New pears

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mouse-over for before view. Sorry about our long absence here on the blog, we do have a good excuse though, we’re excited to announce we’re busily working on a wonderful  new pack!! You’ll be pleased to know it’s almost ready for launch so keep an eye out for the “mailer” with the details and if […]


Annecy Canal

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mouse-over for before view. Just back from eastern France, where we visited Annecy, the ancient lakeside mountain town on the Swiss border which, coincidently, during my time as a freelance Getty curator, whilst selecting mostly French imagery, I was delighted to finally visit the actual location of the famous Palais de l’Isle canal prison that […]


Blue

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mouse-over for before view. You’ll be pleased to know that the Hydrangea that I planted last season has remained blue! So I’m happy! I’m now hoping the bush will grow a bit bigger now and have a mass of flowers to brighten a fairly bland corner of my garden. While we’re on the hydrangea subject, […]