Fly Edges

Grunge Hydrangea

I reprocessed this image for Mary's article over at the Digital Photography School,  to help illustrate how using different textures on the same image can  completely change the feel of a photo, it's one of the things textures are so useful for. The earlier version is...

Blueberry

First of all I thought  I'd tell you about the Photoshop texture blending scripts created by our friends over at Digital Outback Photo,  they're pretty easy to use and great for the photographer in a hurry! I do have a blueberry bush in my garden but this year for...

Wilted

A few days ago I took delivery of a Lensbaby composer lens, it's something I have had my eyes on for ages but spurred on by Paul's photos taken using his, I decided to take the plunge. I've loved it so far and it's hardly been off the camera though I'm still coming to...

Cone Flower

These cone flowers or echinacea are such beautiful photographic subjects with their bold spiky centres and pretty colours. This is a white form that grows at  my local Botanic Garden. I do have a plant of my own which I notice is just coming into flower for the first...

Grunge flowers

Just to show that I don't just do pale soft flowers and also to show how textures (and toning) can change the entire feel of an image.  Our fly edges work well on black and white images especially if you want to portray a gritty "early photography" look. I started by...

National Grid

This was taken when I visited the lovely hot pools resort village of Hanmer Springs NZ, last weekend. Just over the hill from town the countryside becomes much wilder and  very picturesque with largely unspoiled tussock land and snowy mountains -that is  apart from...

Sunday Stroll

I've got lots of photos like this with distant people walking on the beach, at one stage I'd have wanted an completely deserted beach but now I seek out opportunities like this.  Luckily our beaches down here are often all but deserted, especially at this time of the...

In the corner of a French field

This French farm stone mazet or finca was leaning in an alarming way, anybody who's seen the leaning tower of Pisa would instantly get the idea! So, I corrected it by slightly pinching the ground with the CS warp. These structures were lived in by poor Mediterranean...

Grunge Bluebell

It's midwinter here in New Zealand so this one is from last spring -I'm counting the days (or maybe months) till they're in flower again, in fact I'm looking forward to having any flowers in the garden. There are some weeds still flowering (must be why weeds are so...

Butterflies

Last week when the sun finally came out after several days of rain I paid a visit to my favourite plant at the local botanic gardens, as I've mentioned before the plant has been pruned more heavily this year so I have to stretch to find any of these dried beauties to...