Flypaper Textures


2015 black friday sale


Hi everyone! Now is your chance to catch up with all the missing texture packs from your collection at rock bottom prices with our Black Friday‘s 25% off all products SALE! Simply enter the code Greenfly on purchase to receive the discount. But hurry, the sale will finish on the 1st of December. Head on […]

Cliff Cottages

Clif Cottages after

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

otel after

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

Cracks Mosiac

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


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


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


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

Seed cracks after

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


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 from […]

Distressed Painterly Launch

Distressed button  mosaic

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


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

Canal after

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 […]



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

Bell Tower after

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. […]



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

boat after

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

Snow Barn after

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


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 after

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

river mist after

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


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!

Oh for a living wage after

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 […]



  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

Bison after 2

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 […]