Film Review – Star Trek The Edge of Darkness

edge of darknessThese are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Now before you all get worried.. no I haven’t turned into a Sci-Fi Trekkie… who is about to go to the next convention dressed as Uhura.. dressed in a skimpy little red number. Continue reading

Whitstable Castle

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There we were back in the summer, visiting Whitstable… and we didn’t even realise it had a Castle… talk about knowing your local area.. I am afraid not in our case.

And the only reason we found that Whitstable had a Castle was because we were looking for road signs for the sea front.. and I spied the Castle sign. Continue reading

Rose and bud..

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Rose and bud..

The above picture was taken at Chartwell back in 2012. I just loved the way the raindrops stayed on that one petal.

Below is the original monochrome picture

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And the textures I used are:

Texture A

Texture A

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Texture B

I converted Texture A to grayscale and then added that as one layer.. then I rotated the image 90º and added it as another layer.  I then added Texture B as another layer.  I then played around with the various blending modes and the opacity of each layer until I reached the desired effect.

Applying texture to pictures gives a photograph a whole new dimension.  Wouldn’t yo u agree?

Morden Hall Park

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Morden Hall Park

The above picture was taken at Morden Hall Park, in London.  Firstly I processed the photo to black and white

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Then in Photoshop I added a layer (multiply) with this texture

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And then added another layer with the same texture only this time I used the layer type as Normal and reduced the opacity to 40%.

I like both versions, the black and white.. but I do think the textured version of the photo gives it that old photo type of look.

Penshurst Place

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Penshurst Place

The above picture was taken at Penshurst Place in Kent.  First of all I did most of the processing in Lightroom.. then added a Filter from the Topaz Adjust plug-in.  Once I was happy with that, I then decided to add a texture…

The texture I used was again from Wallpaperforbackgrounds.com called texture-8.

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Within Photoshop I then changed the contrast and brightness until I achieved the desired effect.

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Once I was happy I then used it as a multiply layer texture and lowered the opacity.