Swan at Ifield Pond

These images are all of the same swan. His mate was on the far side of the lake sitting on their nest and he had conveniently come alongside the walkway. I always feel slightly guilty that I never take any bread with me because he obviously thinks he’s going to get some …. but I can’t juggle bread as well as the camera. Usually there are other people feeding them, but not today.

I made a huge mistake in not watching out for my shadow falling across him so when I got home I had to delete a lot of the pics. Not only was it my shadow, but the metal mesh at either side of the walkway cast  shadows too. Some of them I was able to rescue with a little bit of ‘cloning’. Anyway  – I still had plenty that I was pleased with and again – I enjoyed making them look a bit different with my PSP and ON1 plugin.

Swan 2

Swan 3

Swan 3

Swan 4



More From the Pond

Skimmimg the Lake

I’ve taken so many photos over at the Pond now so I thought I would get a bit of ‘creativity’ going by using some ON1 effects on these.  Normally I don’t like images to look too unreal/unbelievable, but I think I can get away with these … not to the purists’ taste of course, but I’m all for a bit of experimentation!  How wonderful that our Creator has given us the ability to create from His originals!

The lake

Evening Light

Nature Walk

Please leave any comments or constructive criticisms …. I’ll be posting some swan pictures later today/tomorrow.  Take care,  Eileen


An Apple a Day

An Apple a DayMy favourite subject to photograph is Still Life [ which I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned before] and we had several days of rainy/windy weather which kept me indoors. I’d bought some of these lovely red apples with an image idea in  mind, as well as looking forward to eating them.

I’d seen a still life image somewhere that featured one of the objects with a ribbon tied around it, so I thought I would put a green ribbon around the red apple, the colour being the complementary of red  i.e. opposites on the Colour Wheel.

For those who may be interested , in the Genesis Garden of Eden historical story, it says that Eve took and ate of the fruit of the Tree of knowledge of good and evil. But in the popular telling of it, people usually refer to her eating an apple. I puzzled as to why this was and found out that the ‘olde’ English word for fruit in general was actually appel/ aeppel.  That word gradually came to refer to specifally the fruit we now call an apple.  Mystery solved!


Hit and Miss

For this more abstracty image I placed the apple against a setting of kitchen foil to see what the reflections would do. It looked so obviously tinfoil and not very exciting, so I tried out a few ‘effects’ with my software and came up with this one , it’s called ‘colour blast’ which I thought also made a good title for it.

colour blast

The next pic – as you can see is not an apple!  But I thought I would post it anyway cos it is a Still Life and comes from trees too. I think Autumn is a favourite time among photographers and the glorious landscapes they’ve posted on line are a real treat to view. As I am limited in the scenery I have access to, what better than to use colourful, fallen leaves to get the creative juices flowing ….

Leafy Garland Thank you so much for stopping by  –  please leave any comments , they are always most welcome. I get so few visitors let alone comments that it makes me wonder if there’s anyone out there? [ Ha ha – that isn’t a sympathy seeking statement – just stating the facts]  I’ve long given up puzzling about the mysteries of ‘getting more traffic’ in the world of blogging, but I do thank friends who support and encourage me. It means a lot and much appreciated. [typically family show no interest whatsoever in what their Ma is doing [- another ha ha  or Lol !]  again – not a complaint – things are as they are and that’s ok!  The main thing is that I really enjoy what I’m doing and thank the Lord for my hobbies and for keeping me sane!!

many blessings,  see you soon,  Eileen

Digital Effects

Leaf Encounter

Leaf Encounter

Sometimes we can get so familiar with the things around us – including nature – that they begin to look ordinary and even boring when you’ve seen hundreds of ‘samey’ looking pics. So it’s always a challenge to try to present images in a different way and even taking pics from different points of view can become clichés in the photography world. eg looking up at your subject from a very low pov. [ At my age I couldn’t get down there anyway and even if I did it would need a crane to lift me upright again!]

So, for me, this is where ‘post processing’ comes into its own … in todays digital world companies seem to be falling over themselves to give us more and more instant ‘effects’ to transform our images. So I thought I would post some that I’ve done in ON1 Perfect effects and Topaz Adjust/Impressions.

Weeping Willow2

These ‘effects’ are not to everyone’s taste of course because they transform a photograph into something else entirely – a painting!  As someone who used to paint in oils nearly every day, I was curious to see what my pics would look like after the ‘treatment’.

Actually – there are so many different painting styles and other effects available in these programmes that it can become time consuming to try to find the right one. Your own artistic judgements are necessary as every photo image will need your own decisions. Not every effect will suit every image ….  but it all comes down to personal choice in the end.  It’s always a good feeling though when someone likes the same thing you do!

Boquet of Roses

I especially liked this one because it reminded me of the old glossy photo, post-card type Birthday cards with deckled edges that were around in the 30s-40s [yes – I remember receiving them as a little girl].


This one has just a hint of a painterly effect applied and is less extreme than the previous images. These effects can easily become addictive and I’ve seen so many that seem to follow the latest fad – eg – a more gritty look, especially in ‘Urban/Street photography, or there’s one that really smooths out choppy water in the sea, waterfalls and around rocks. I must confess, I don’t like to see water like that as their choppiness, to me, is their attraction.  When it comes to water in lakes and rivers you can get away with it because it can add to the glass-like quality.

Oh dear – I’m beginning to sound like a bit of an expert, when I’m nothing of the kind – it’s just my personal choices!  Anyway – the professional wisdom is that you should always do as much as you can to get a good shot ‘in camera’ and not use and rely on post processing to correct flaws etc. BUT – there are times when you use simple adjustments to remove unsightly/unavoidable telephone wires etc that spoil and detract from an otherwise good image, or use the crop tool for a better composition. The software programmes for all this is extremely clever …..InterludeAnother thing that can be slightly overdone is the use of a vignette –  I think I’ve struck just the right note her [ forgive the pun!]


This last one is an example of a light instead of dark vignette – also softened image. I recently read a comment somewhere [not here] that light vignettes were very popular in the ’70’s’ and old hat to use today – which only goes to prove what I said previously about photographers having ‘fads’. Personally I think all things are allowed – if it suits the subject – use it!

I rest my case,

Hope ya’ll have a great day, and many thanks for visiting … blessings,  Eileen