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On the Beach

On the Beach

  We are so fortunate having such lovely beaches here in southern New Zealand and the fact that so many of them are so accessible and while I love deserted beaches, for my photos I like to have a human element. I tend to lag behind in my beach walks so I can get...

One

One

  As we've often said, its the softer images that are the easiest to texture, that's not to say that bright ones don't work with textures, but overcast days with soft light are so much easier to work with. This photo was taken on the very last day of 2012,...

end of the line

end of the line

  Today I wanted to show how I produced this textural feast of a picture using both texture panels of Russell Brown's new Pro-panel. Naturally I started off with first texture set 1 or if you have the Taster pack, they are the same textures but in a loose format....

To the Sea

To the Sea

  Skies are difficult things to get right, I normally use a PL filter on my lens to get darker deeper blues at the cost of the foreground being too dark as above, this is where textures come in handy to lift those dark areas, but I also like to pre-process in Nik...

Gentle Annie

Gentle Annie

  I have just returned from a lovely weeks holiday on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. It's one of my favourite areas in this country with it's mountains, temperate rain forests and wonderfully wild and unspoiled beaches. It does get a lot of...

Shell Collectors

Shell Collectors

  I love these low aspect shots as they can add drama to even the most mundane scene! Here's a shot from the winter on a semi-cloudy day, just moving towards a dog walking family and captured them several times with the camera almost touching the sand whilst...

Windmills

Windmills

  Winchelsea is a secluded and hard to get to English channel resort, nestled between its more famous and trendy neighbours of Hastings and Dungeness, so its still delightfully unspoiled. I only came across it after visiting the more cultured hilltop town of Rye,...

Riders

Riders

  Yesterday afternoon I put the Lensbaby Edge 8o on the camera and went for a walk on a  beach little to the south of the city,  a cold front and rain was predicted so I went armed with a jacket only to find it surprisingly warm. The sky was dramatic though, you...

Play

Play

  You can definitely feel winter is on its way  here in southern New Zealand. On the day that this photo was taken the wind was decidedly brisk to say the least. As we walked down the beach  I for one  wished I'd brought a jacket.  When we were almost back to the...

Another Beach

I textured and posted this one to flickr soon after we launched the spring painterly set, I especially loved the effect the impressionist Sisley texture gives here. Often you can get away with using just one texture in processing, but I tend to build up the layers to...