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Middle aged and surrounded by loving friends and family. People who don't sit in judgement and people who care. Well most of the time they do.... Happy to be part of the independent thinking group and a person who refuses to follow others like proverbial sheep. As the saying goes... If you're allergic to bullcrap, drama, head games, liars, & fake people, keep the sneeze going.........I can't wait to see who does all of this next!!!

Cottage

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Taken by Bren Ryan

One of the places, we love to visit is Penshurst Place… within the grounds of Penshurst Place is this cottage.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan – Canon EOS 600D, f/7/1, 1/60 sec ISO 100

The cottage is secluded yet easily viewed from the main paths… and it stands next door to the main house.  If you stand facing those three flower tubs and turn left you can see the main house.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan – Canon EOS…

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Up for Discussion – The Golden Ratio

A great explanation to the Golden Rule… and easily understandable.

Up for Discussion – The Golden Ratio

A great explanation to the Golden Rule… and easily understandable.

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This dog climbs trees…

When our beloved dog Bo was alive and when he was young… my friend and I were sitting in my garden having a nice cuppa, when all of a sudden Bo spotted a bird in one of our shrubs and tried to climb the tree.

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Ladies the burning question….

Ladies the burning question….

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Thousands-of-women-join-hairy-legs-movementTo shave or not to shave? That is the burning question.  Do you take to the Veet those legs, pick up the razor or opt for an appointment at the local waxing salon? Or do you just let those hairs grow?

I was reading an article today in the Daily Mirror about the thousands of women who have plummeted for letting the hairs on their legs grow.

These ladies are sharing the hairy leg photos on a blog…

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The Great Hall

Taken by Ashley Ryan
Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan, Canon EOS 1100D, f/3.5, 1/30 sec, ISO 3200.

At Tonbridge Castle

The above photograph was one of the very first photographs we took back in 2012. The reason I have posted it is simply because I want to point out one of the things we would do today if we were to take the shot again.  And that is we would have taken it from a height so we looked down on the Great Hall.  And…

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How I Process of Photo

How I Process of Photo

Taken by Ashley Ryan

I have never done this before so please abide with me… as this is my first attempt to show people how I process a photo.

Here is my original photo..

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As you can see it is pretty bland and uninspiring.

Down House - Lens CorrectionBefore I do anything with the photo, the first thing I do in Lighgtroom is scroll down to the Lens Correction panel, and check the boxes Enable Profile Correction and Remove Chromatic Aberration and…

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We live in Kent and in a built up area… plenty of houses, masses of parked cars and not a field in sight.  Yes, we do have historic Rochester to capture… but there are only so many photographs you can take of your local area… before you get totally fed up.

Our dream, in years to come, is to retire somewhere other than this area of Kent… we want to move away from city life and have a total change of scenery.

But the dilemma is this…. do we choose seaside or country side?

Seaside

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan – Canon EOS 1100D, f/9, 1/200 sec, ISO 100

Yes even when the skies are grey and gloomy, there is something about the seaside that makes you all happy.  I could spend hours watching the boats on the water… and as I love watching storms, there would be nothing more spectacular than watching the storms at sea.

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Taken by Ashley Ryan – f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO 200

The picture to the left was taken at St Leonard’s near Hastings in West Sussex, in October just as the weather forecasters were telling us all to batten down the hatches.  On the Saturday before the storms were due to arrive in earnest, and just as the pressure we changing, already the waves were pounding the shores.

The seaside changes from season to season… and when the rough stormy weather arrives the photographic shots you can get are truly amazing.  (Remember though don’t put yourself in danger, as you will be putting those who are tasked with rescuing you, also in danger).   But so does the countryside…

Countryside

But the countryside also have spectacular views to die for… from quaint remote villages,  village greens with their ponds, and churches, you are never spoilt for choice as to what to photograph.

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan – Canon EOS 600D, f/7.1, 1/200 sec, ISO 100

Like the seaside, the summer brings the start of the rape seed oil that is in abundance in the fields of Kent.  And if you are lucky you can even get a shot of a windmill, or two.

Taken by Ashley Ryan - Canon EOS 1100D, f/6.3, 1/100 sec, ISO 100

Taken by Ashley Ryan – Canon EOS 1100D, f/6.3, 1/100 sec, ISO 100

And then there is those cold winter months… when the snow is laid on those fields and you have Christmas Card winter scenes… Trying to get to these places is difficult as the country roads are not cleared for days, but if you lived in a country village,  and dressed in decent wellies and warm clothing there would be no stopping you; capturing those fantastic snowy scenes.

Oh what a difficult decision to have to make…. do you, when the day arrives, retire to the countryside or the seaside?

Countryside… Seaside… Countryside… Seaside… We live in Kent and in a built up area… plenty of houses, masses of parked cars and not a field in sight.  
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Vibrant Lavender

Taken at Penshurst Place, Near Tonbridge in Kent on Saturday 12th July 2014. What I love about this picture is the vibrancy of those lavender bushes…

Vibrant Lavender

Taken at Penshurst Place, Near Tonbridge in Kent on Saturday 12th July 2014. What I love about this picture is the vibrancy of those lavender bushes…

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Bring in the women…

Bring in the women…

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David Cameron laughingSo today is the day…when the hatchet will fall.  Yes that man in Number 10 is having a cabinet reshuffle.

Speculation is rife as to who will get which job… but we do know that William Hague will no longer be Foreign Secretary and he is not standing for re-election next year at the General Election.  I knew there was good news to this reshuffle. :D

So what does the reshuffle have in store for us……

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Hand in Hand

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Photography and a disability

003_flowerswing_thanks4First of all I would like to thank Leanne Cole for doing an introduction post on her blog about our photographs.  It is a deep honour for us and never in a million years did we ever think a leading professional photographer like Leanne would think our pictures were worthy of a post on her blog… Thank you Leanne xx  And I would also like to thank the people who through…

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