Power Station


A Path to the Sea

One of my favourite kind of shots, industry and nature in the same frame.



King Street



Scarborough Castle visible through the early morning mist.

History Photo Challenge


So I recently asked for some recommendations for Photo editing software and I’ve been playing about with two of them.  I had a image of some tree roots that I took last summer in the forest.  The ground has collapsed and you can see the roots which would nornally have been covered.

To begin with, I tried RawTherrapee which is available here. This is what I came up using it:


The software is free to use but it feels like it’s designed to handle large batches of photos and repeatation of processes.  I had trouble finding things in the UI and I’m just not comfortable with it.  As I understand it, you set up the actions that you want to be performed and then save the image but I couldn’t find where to preview the image before saving it.

So, I moved on to another piece of software that had been recommended which is Corel PaintShop Pro 2019.  I haven’t used Corel for years and years.  I used the same image.  This is what I got out of it:


I managed to greyscale the digital image and do some colouring.  I also managed to resize and crop.  It’s a lot more like Photoshop, which suited me.  The result is more what I had in mind.

PaintShop Pro is not free.  There’s a one off payment of £60 which is about half the price of a PhotoShop annual subscription.  However, there is a 30 day free trial which you can get here.

I haven’t decided if I’m going to buy the software yet but I’m going to be using it for the next 30 days to find out.


Cityscape challenge


Sun Dial