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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, […]


Bell Tower

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mouse-over for before view. I’ve recently started using my Lensbaby again, with the Optic 80, ideal for tilt shift effects looking down from the mountains, and frankly a lot lighter to carry! Its also great for capturing a moody, painterly effect. Enhanced by the painterly filters in Topaz Impression and finishing with our Flypaper Textures. […]


Jam

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mouse-over for before view. I have always made my own jam, usually from produce I’ve grown in my garden. As well as knowing exactly what’s gone into the jar, you get the satisfaction of eating something that’s completely home made (well apart from the sugar that is). The above is a jar of blackcurrant jam […]


Canal walkers

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mouse-over for before view. Low winter light with its dramatic long shadows can be fabulous, it can also be very hard to process. Here’s one of several I shot just before Xmas at our Canal du Midi’s head of the UNESCO protected 17th century Five locks, i’ve photographed it many times, in fog, mist and […]


Snow Barn

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mouse-over for before view. Up here in the French Jura again! This year the snow was very late, the resort workers were pulling out their hair for the lack of it. Then only just this weekend it finally arrived heavily enough and has been snowing ever since and now we’re expecting it to continue all […]


Rain in Paradise

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mouse-over for before view. On New Years Eve I visited the Queenstown area for the day, Queenstown being a very scenic and busy tourist town and the arguably the adventure tourism capital of New Zealand. It’s also one of the places to be on New Years Eve and naturally the town was extremely busy! To […]


Forks

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mouse-over for before view. Christmas briefly came early for me! The lens that I had ordered as my Christmas present finally arrived yesterday, and I couldn’t resist a quick play before I put it away, just to check that it worked okay The lens is a fabulous Sony/Zeiss sonnar 55mm f1.8 for my favourite  little […]


Fauvist mist

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mouse-over for before view. Here in the Languedoc, where the fauvist artistic movement made its home we’re blessed with over 300 days of sun, unfortunately many of those days are windy! It’s that same wind that keeps the clouds away and also makes my job as a landscape photographer harder as the light is very […]


Nik Preset 4 Pack Launch

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Click image for full screen view. We’re pleased to launch this summer/autumns final color efex preset pack and get you bang up to date with our basic color balance processing. All our images pictured above are processed with the presets included in this 4th pack. For those new to our Nik Color Pro Presets, you’re […]


Paint it Black!

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mouse-over for before view. My first apartment in London after moving south with a college friend after graduating in the 1980’s was in the Hasidic north London Jewish area of Stamford Hill. Our charming Anglo German landlord and his wife we discovered to our embarrassment as we were hiding our pet cats, were drinking tea […]


Roses

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  Thought it was time for some more roses to brighten up the blog pages. These are my old favourites Cecile Brunner which are looking particularly beautiful in the garden at the moment, I simply added an old open book et voila! In other news Nat from Webucator Photoshop Training has produced a wonderful and […]


Lonesome Bison

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mouse-over for before view. After an unusually warm autumn up here in the French Jura, we were finally blessed with an overnight snow fall and so we drove up early into the nearby ski resort and snapped away until lunch time, passing a bison farm en route and shooting them eating fresh hay, all the […]


On the Road

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mouse-over for before view Having a great time revisiting the Jura region of eastern France, but before the winter snow arrives once again we revisited the retro fire truck I last captured in the spring snow and blogged several months back. But this time I tried a slightly more surreal composition with a dramatic starry […]


Antique Edges 2 launch

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Click on the mosaic for a bigger view Welcome to our Flypaper Textures 5th anniversary launch and our 2nd much requested new set of Edges! This all new derived antique glass plate negative set is slightly different from the first set as we’ve knocked back the brightness to make blending easier, we also decided to […]


Key

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  It’s that busy spring season here in southern NZ  hence the lack of posts here on the blog (Paul has been busy too, slaving away over his scanner ). And with it being spring, you’d have thought I’d be posting more photos of spring flowers and suchlike which are out in abundance at the […]


Spring flower

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  I hope you’re all enjoying the new Pastel Painterly Textures as much as we are? I’m finding its textures particularly easy to use and not just for my usual flowers and still-lifes either, the pastels are working well on landscapes and beaches too! Today’s photo is the first recipe using the new set, I […]


Pastel Painterly Launch

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  After many weeks slaving in the kitchen we finally have this summers new Pastel Painterly Textures in the bag to Launch! Their titles theme is possibly everybody’s favourite, herbs, spices and food, including edible flowers! And what a gorgeous summery painterly set we have, from cool forget-me-nots to Goldilocks who’s finding her Oatmeal textures […]


Spoon

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  It’s extraordinarily warm here in southern New Zealand today. It’s still technically winter and here we are wearing tee-shirts and sandals and with all the windows open….global warming or just a freakish weather pattern? It’s lovely but I’m sure winter will return shortly! Anyway, the photo….it was taken the other day, quickly too I […]


Surreal Luggage Label

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  Just wanted to show this surreal use of the new Luggage Labels overlays, as well as thank Adobe’s Russell Brown and Thomas Ruark for their ingenious new updates to Russell’s Texture Panel to which we contributed ten more Flypaper testers to freshen up the new panel which is freely available to all Photoshop CC 2014 […]


Luggage Label Launch

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Luggage Label Pack One Luggage Label Pack Two Welcome to our latest occasional overlays 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 labels, but get in quickly, the sale will finish on July 27th! Regular texture users will be […]


Remembering Sam

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  First of all, we’ve had a message from Nik regarding the problem some of you were having adding the new presets into Analog 2, they’ve sent me instructions on a fix with screenshots which we can’t figure out how to post here, but we’re happy to forward it to anyone who wants  it, just […]


Fire Truck

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  Without further ado, welcome to our first blog tutorial using the new Fly Nik Anolog Presets! But before I go on, we’d just like to remind you guys that this Analog Preset Pack is for the Nik Analog Pro Plug-in and not for the usual Color Efex Pro. You can download it free from […]


Flypaper Nik Analog Preset Launch

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  Important Note: This pack of  Presets are for the Nik Analog Pro not for  Nik Color Efex. The Analog plugin is free if you have Nik Color Efex. Adding to our best selling first two preset Color Efex packs we now proudly launch our much requested Analog Preset pack! We’ve been quietly making and […]