Textured Kilbride

 Textured Kilbride

1/2 f/11 ISO 100 E-30 OLYMPUS 12-60mm Lens 12 mm

For quite a while no I’ve been looking at other photographers blending textures into their shots, being impressed by the results and making a mental note that someday I’ll have to have a go at that.

Well today was the day I had my first go, I thought that this image might be suitable to try with so I downloaded some free textures from the internet and let loose in Photoshop trying various combinations of blend modes and opacities.
I’m not sure now that the textures I picked were the most suitable but as with everything else with photography and post processing you have to climb that steep learning curve….

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Church in the snow

 Church in the snow

1/10 f/10 ISO 200 E-30 OLYMPUS 12-60mm Lens 23 mm

Another shot from the cold snap of December 2010, this is the Church of Ireland church in Rathangan which has a lovely position in the town, high on the hill near the Rath, with the snow and the trees it makes a picturesque scene.

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To the Citadel Wall

 To the Citadel Wall

f/8 ISO 100 E-30 OLYMPUS 12-60mm Lens 17 mm

The Citadel above Victoria ( Rabat) on the island of Gozo is an impressive sight from the outside rearing up over the surrounding countryside, you might imagine that the access from inside to the walls might be bigger than a few passages like this, but I suppose the inhabitants were confident that they had plenty of time to arrange their defences.

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Morning Sky

 Morning SkyAs photographers we are all used to the days when despite all our planning we arrive at our destination just in time to see the clouds roll in and ruin the shoot we had planned, so the other morning it was great to see some high cloud arrive right on time, just as the sun rose and give us this fine display.

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Morning in Kilbride

 Morning in Kilbride

Last Sunday morning I headed off early (for me anyway) to Manor Kilbride in Co Wicklow to try to catch the last of the Autumn colour, I knew that I wasn’t going to be there at the best time for the light but I had other commitments later on in the day so I had to make the best of it.
One consolation was that I had the place pretty much to myself which doesn’t happen too often this time of the year, it always seems to be busy with a mix of photographers and the general public getting in each others way.

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Winters Chill

 Winters Chill

It’s almost exactly a year since the coldest spell of weather I cam remember hit Kildare and the rest of Ireland, at first the snow and the well subzero temperatures were something of a novelty but as the month wore on most of us were looking forward to a return to normality.

It was spectacular while it lasted though

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Looking Up

 Looking Up 

I’ve finally bitten the bullet and moved all this blog over to WordPress, I started this project using Pixelpost which has served me well but unfortunately the team behind it has had to move on to other things and as a consequence development has halted and the forum on their site isn’t really active any more, I was afraid that some day I’d try to upload something and it wouldn’t work and I’d be offline for ages so I’ve bitten the bullet and thanks to WordPress, the Suffusion theme, the folks at eleventwentysix.com who wrote a plugin which allowed me to export all the old posts and comments from my old pixelpost install and loads of help for Google I’m up and running with almost no down time.

The photo is for a little project I’m doing for our local Photo Club, it seemed appropiate to post something “looking up” as the first new post with the new install just gone live

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The Watchtower

 The Watchtower 

The coast of malta has these towers every few miles, a result I suppose of being a small Island surrounded by hostile forces.

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Last Light

20111114235958 last light Last Light
Last light on the final day of our stay in Malta, it had been a beautiful day with hardly a cloud in the sky and I suppose I was hoping for a few to appear over the horizon just as the sun set but it wasn\’t to be.

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Last Light


Last Light
Last light on the final day of our stay in Malta, it had been a beautiful day with hardly a cloud in the sky and I suppose I was hoping for a few to appear over the horizon just as the sun set but it wasn't to be.

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