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Advent Calendar

This is for anyone who does not have an Advent calendar. Please feel free to print this out. It’s in A4 ratio 1:1.4142. This Obelisk from Egypt pre-dates Christmas by quite a few years but at least its...

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Exploding Sun

This is the north shore of Rutland Water. I overexposed to get the sun to look like this. This type of shot is easier to do on a camera phone or compact camera with a live view LCD. The problem with...

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Arboretum World

This is the Arboretum in Nottingham, UK. To create a planet like this you need to capture a 360 degree panorama. For the best results use a wide angle lens and a tripod. To create the planet you will...

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New Year

Happy New Year 2011. This was taken at the Ferry Meadows firework display in the UK. The glowing effect is made by first raterizing the text. This changes it from a vector to pixels. Once in pixels you...

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Nile Skyline

This is the Nile skyline in Egypt. To create some extra sparkle you can use a high pass layer set to hard light blend mode. Sharpening also works well to make the lights stand out. It works best if you...

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Spice Bowls

This is Indigo Dye and Powdered spices in Aswan Market, Egypt. If you recognise the powders please leave a comment so I can give more accurate keywords. In most cases stock agencies discourage too much...

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Jerash Arches

This is Jerash in Jordan. The ancient Roman race track once used by chariots played host to BBC’s Top Gear in their 2010 Christmas special through the Middle East. The sky is blended in from this image...

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Red Squirrel

I have never been lucky enough to see a Red Squirrel in the UK. The closest I could get was to disguise one of our common grey squirrels. I used liquify to change the shape of the face and lengthen the...

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Above Luxor

This was taken from a balloon above Luxor in Egypt. Split Toning was used to create a number of layers. They were then blended back together using a varying opacity and blend modes.

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Crocus Spot

We went for a walk in Rutland today. Karen spotted these Crocuses outside a cottage. I have used Orton Effect and Desaturation layers in an attempt to make the flowers stand out of the busy background.

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Liberation Square

This is Tahrir Square in Egypt. This part of Cairo saw the start of the Pro Democracy marches which ended Hosni Mubarak’s reign and started a chain reaction which is now sweeping across North Africa...

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Jelly Ear

We went for a walk today and Karen spotted this Jew’s Ear Fungus in a small patch of trees. It was taken around midday on a cloudy day in the shade. These are all factors which make it the bluest that...

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Luxor Sunrise

This sunrise was taken on a balloon flight over the west bank of the Nile near Luxor in Egypt. In order to compensate for the cameras White Balance Guess a colour balance layer was used to bring back...

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Austrian Clouds

These are the Austrian Alps. It was taken on a family holiday in 2008. I used Camera RAW to do the heavy lifting then once in Photoshop I used masks to selectively adjust the colours in different areas...

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Hawthorn Blossom

This is the Hawthorn Blossom at the end of our garden in the UK. I tried to get the focal plane through the Stamen but is in front of the petals. To emphasize the anther at the tips I needed to...

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Big Moon

The moon is the closest it has been to us for 20 years. 14% bigger and 30% brighter than normal apparently. Time to dust off the telephoto lens and try to capture as much detail as possible. Although...

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Spring Bud

The first signs of spring at the end of our garden in the UK. I’m not sure what this is a bud of but it could be this Hawthorn Bush I shot last summer. I used a macro lens to shot this small subject....

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100th Photoblog

This is the 100th post since this photoblog took on its present form. It may be a cheat to use the last 99 images to make this post but I wanted to look back and review the work so far. Techniques...

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Nile Boats

This was shot on the Nile in Egypt. Instead of using Split Toning Actions in Photoshop I used the split toning in Camera RAW. The advantage of this method is it gives you a lot of flexibility over the...

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First Bluebells

The first Blue Bells have started. This shot was taken 3 days ago in Barnsdale Wood Rultand, England, UK.

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