Photo Manipulation Practice


Hello everyone or anyone.  (Click here for my most recent Flickr photo)

Recently, I have been practicing a lot of landscape photo manipulation in Photoshop (Elements). It can be quite time consuming when erasing or changing every little piece of evidence that it has been edited.

Below you can see the original photo and the one I uploaded to Flickr after I edited it. I am quite pleased with the results, although there are still improvments to be made. (Click to view larger)



Here are two more photos that I spent quite a while on. I really liked to original photo, yet it was still fairly boring and I decided to attempt to improve it. I’m not entirely pleased with the final results, the colours seemed a bit off. But I think it is beyond my skill level at the moment.




Via Ferrata


Via Ferrata is a term that originates from Italy, literally meaning “road of iron”. In the French Alps and National Park of Ecrins, they were very popular. Basically, metal bars are attached into mountain sides, cliffs or gorges to create safe climbing routes. You are attached by a harness and rope to the cord alongside the bars, so it’s not possible to fall to your death! Instead, you might fall a few metres and suffer some rope burns or bruises.

Fortunately, I did not fall but my muscles were definitely strained on some parts with my entire body weight resting on my arms. The one we did was quite vertical and not exactly suited for me as a first time. And although I did not enjoy the climbing itself, reaching the top was a great accomplishment and even more so once I had seen the fantastic views – all around!

Please see the photo below for the view I experienced once I had reached the top of the climb. (Click to view larger and in full)

Below are two more photos showing me doing a very simple Via Ferrata. Not the same one I was reffering to in the above text.

Alpine Insects


During my trip to the Alps, there were many insects, much more than I’m used to. The sound of crickets were constant throughout the whole trip and could be heard from quite a large distance away.

This one, in particular, I found amoung the plants on the side of the path. I noticed it only had one large jumping leg as if it had been injured. It was laying eggs into the ground and moving it’s leg while doing so.

I took a lot of insect photos while in France, many of them won’t be uploaded to Flickr so I will share some here. (Click on them for a larger image, and then once more for the original size)




Hello all!

First of all, thank you for coming to my blog and taking the time to read this. I’ll be impressed if you even get this far! Leave a comment to let me know.

Click here to view my Flickr page and see my photos. Thanks.

My name is Michael, I’m 17 and from England. I have an interest in Photography and therefore decided to start up a blog to share some of my photos that I don’t upload on Flickr.

In my next posts, I plan to write about my trip to the Alps with some new photos.

That’s all for now, but I hope you can come back soon!