Photography

Inside the Doge's Palace, Venice     #Venice #Costsaver #Trafalgar

    This is the next part of my (long overdue) series on my Trafalgar Costsaver European Cavalcade tour. In my last post I spoke about the courtyard of the Doge’s Palace. Now we are entering the building itself. The path from the courtyard and into the Doge’s Palace is via a spectacular sixteenth century staircase – Scala d’Oro (“golden staircase). You can see my daughter Rhiannon sitting on the steps smirking at silly

Loving Lake Lucerne (plus a great little shop in Picton)

Hi all, Today’s post is two stories. The first is set today, during a little drive to a New South Wales’ town called Picton where I found a marvellous little “collectables” shop. Then back to Switzerland in September. Armour Collectables in Picton Obviously the name of this shop got my attention straight away. Two things that I love: armour and collectables. Alas I saw no armour in it. This said,

Colour splashed flower in Photoshop

Short post today as I have not really been home much. Here is a photo of a flower from my visit to Warwick Castle that I subsequently “colour splashed”. I only learnt that term today, though I have seen plenty of people do it. I just did not know that it had a name. All I did was randomly pick one of my flower pictures and then: In Photoshop duplicate it

Ascending Mount Stanserhorn

About two centuries before Christ was born people settled the Nidwalden valley. I’m guessing that they were Celts, the so-called Helvetians, based upon vague memories of some of my university studies done in the 1980s. One such place they settled became known as Stans, and I am guessing that from this settlement the mountain known as Stanserhorn got its name. Our tour guide got us out and into the coach

A quick photo opportunity at the Rhine Falls

Imagine a place where in winter, every 10 seconds, water the equivalent to an Olympic size swimming pool rushes down a waterfall. Well, that place is the Rhine Falls near the town of Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland. These are reputedly the largest plain falls in Europe. The coach for our tour (Trafalgar’s Costsaver ‘European Cavalcade”) dropped us off here. (OK – it may seem that I’m giving them lots of free advertising,

Playing with Photoshop and a Black Forest photo

For no apparent reason I found myself doodling with Lightroom and Photoshop while processing my Black Forest photos. I guess I’ve had a few things on my mind recently.  Anyway, I thought I would share. They are not good, but what the heck, it gives you an insight into me. :) Original photo: It felt like it could be something more. So I made it into a black and white image

The Tower of London - inside and experiments in post-processing

Today I share some of my photos from inside the Tower of London, and also my thoughts on how I post-processed them. Now one thing that you need to understand is that I am not a photographic expert. I’m also not a post-processing expert. Or even a particularly good hobbyist photographer. I’ve been using this European trip to try to teach myself something about DLSRs. So don’t get your hopes

The Tower of London - outside

So we caught the Tube to Tower Hill to see the Tower of London. The day was grey and I felt myself wondering whether I should have brought umbrellas. I also realised that my previous day’s photos of public monuments and the such was fairly sub-par. On this grey day I needed to lift my game! Naturally the use of the expression “lift my game” then went on to totally

Warwick Castle and demonstrating the golden hours

Summary In today’s post I will look at Warwick Castle as a tourist destination, a place where history is recreated, and also provide a practical example of the Golden or Magic Hours that photographers prize. Beware, you have to endure me talking about my relationship with this place. So proceed with caution. Warwick – location Warwick is a town towards the centre of England, and therefore is fairly easy to reach.

Witley Court and the joys of English Heritage

This post has three main topics: the benefits of joining local heritage groups Witley Court is a great place for photography the family that photographs together has fun together I like to plan things ahead. Nicole finds this very annoying – restrictive even. But it’s what I do. So when we decided to go to the UK I also decided to investigate membership of something like English Heritage or the National Trust.

Cameras I took travelling & photo editing software once home

Today’s post is not about my adventures as such, but about what camera equipment I took with me and then how I turned my very amateurish shots into something a little better. But first… I stumbled upon this competition to win a Leica M-P Digital Rangefinder Camera Safari Set! Valued at $10,000. From what I can tell from the terms and conditions it is an international competition. So have a

Writing, a photographic experiment with RAW and Premio Dardos Award

Hi everyone, My family and I have spent the last few days at my sister-in-law’s place looking after her four lads while she and her husband were down in Melbourne. Hence no posts from me. Today’s post will look at the writing/editing that I did there and also at a photographic experiment of mine. Given that I am no great photographer, I beg your indulgence. I need to get better

Vivid - Sydney's Festival of Lights photographed with Camera FV-5 app

My wife really wanted to take my daughter into the city and show her Vivid – that’s the name given to Sydney’s Festival of Lights. I joined in after work, taking with me my Samsung Galaxy S5 with the app called “Camera FV-5”. Thought I might put the latter through its paces at night. The evening was exactly as I expected – lots of crowds and jostling and stumbling intermixed with