The Waterfowl Of Kensington Palace

Nice day for a paddle about the pond.
April 2006

As I constantly trawl through the archives for anything that might be a bit of fun to re-process, I occasionally come across something that I worked on back during the dark ages that inspires something new. And old- thus explaining the old-school #Photoshop border.

My original processing of this was so long ago, I couldn't begin to tell you what-all went into it. There was a little #Lightroom5 in this rendition, but mostly the border is new.

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Sliding By The Ness

A ship passes in the . . . day.

On the day in April 2006 that we visited the radio transmitters at Orford Ness, a ship was passing northward just offshore in the English Channel.

This photo was machine washed and tumble dried in #PhotoshopCC , #TopazDenoise3 , #TopazDetail5 and #TopazSimplify4 with some additional adjustment layers.

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Orford Ness Lighthouse

Orford, Suffolk, UK

I took, shall we say, a troubled photo. Underexposed, grainy, full of chroma noise. Yet I kind of liked it and always wished I had done a better job of it.

In the intervening years since the original JPEG capture (D'Oh!) #Photoshop , #Lightroom and various plugins have added marvelous capacity for rescuing what would otherwise be binned photos. I don't know about you, but I depend on that added capacity quite a bit.

This picture was run through Lightroom 5, then passed over to Photoshop CC as a smart object before applying #TopazDenoise , #TopazDetail5 and #TopazSimplify , in that order.

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Giant Goose Pagoda

Hazy day in Xian.

I posted a photo of a garden gazebo/pagoda the other day that is located in the grounds of this structure. This is probably by far my best shot of it, but that ain't saying much, I'm sure.

This photo was captured on Easter Sunday 2009, after after brief unscheduled visit to a Catholic church (, and I think before lunch. It might have been after lunch.

There's some #TopazDenoise3 , #TopazDetail5 and a bit of other adjustments in this, all required to rescue a noisy photo from oblivion.

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Memories of China

An all-too-brief tour adventure.

A few days ago I posted a version of this photo, that when I saw it online, something just didn't seem right about it. After staring at it a bit I realized that I hadn't straightened it up. The pagoda was leaning just enough to be off-putting. So I deleted that post and now present a slightly altered version. Straight, at least, if not otherwise better!

I was inspired to dive into my #China catalogue from 2009 after seeing a post by +Hervé BRY featuring photos from two trips to China that he had taken.

I participated with a tour group sponsored by the Oakland (California) Chamber of Commerce that spent a week or so in China in April 2009. I came home calling it The Tourist Death March because of the daily pace we kept. Actually it wasn't as bad as that sounds, but I would have liked to spend more time at most of the places we visited. Next time, eh?

This is in the grounds of the #GiantGoosePagoda in #Xian , but it is not the Giant Goose Pagoda itself. I'm not sure if I can come up with a decent photo of the Giant Goose Pagoda. The time constraints of being part of a bus tour means that you have limited time to come up with interesting compositions, so you get what you get and work with it.

#Travel #China #Xian #GiantGoosePagoda