St George’s Church .. Iraq

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

country walks

country walks by AppleCrypt
country walks, a photo by AppleCrypt on Flickr.

Looks like there's quite a few tools and plugins available for Photoshop that create that lovely digital painterly look and feel. I've seen one that does lovely watercolour - like fx to your photographs (the name escapes me atm!)

So... what do you do when you're poor and cannot afford these juicy plugins for PS? (and by PS I really me PSE v9) lol

Well, you get to work and create your own! Or try....I'm no Photoshopper expert but I do enjoy having a play with filters and textures in layers.

Here is the first of a small run of painterly images I've created. The next is more textured and the one after will be a more oil-like painting..... as and when I get chance to upload :)

Any comments or tips on this topic gratefully appreciated!

Monday, October 28, 2013

last light

last light by AppleCrypt
last light, a photo by AppleCrypt on Flickr.

It's not that often I get chance to be let out my dungeon by the mistress of pain! Especially during sunset as I might just turn into a monster or something? (lol or am I just a Dad with so little time to spare?)

But..... when i do .... I take my camera :-)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

St Andrew's Church

St Andrew's Church by AppleCrypt
St Andrew's Church, a photo by AppleCrypt on Flickr.

Here is St Andrew's Church in the lovely little country village of Dacre in Cumbria, England. I humble iPhone capture that's been tinkered with in photoshop to look like a painting.

After the painterly fx where applied I added a little texture (that is mainly visible it the boring sky areas). It gives it a more canvas-like feel...

I advise everyone interested in either the church or our tiny English villages to stop by here. Fascinating place with equally fascinating history.

Geo-Tagged in flickr.....

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


roddlesworth by AppleCrypt
roddlesworth, a photo by AppleCrypt on Flickr.

Roddlesworth in Lancashire, England.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

blue ridge mountains of.. england!

Everyone takes a bad shot now and then, right? Right??? Okay.... so what do you do when that happens?

Have a play in photoshop and try to rescue your botched shot. Sometimes it works....?

Comments welcome!


kettlewell by AppleCrypt
kettlewell, a photo by AppleCrypt on Flickr.

I love taking pics ... but I love to play with them in Aperture and Photoshop just as much. Especially to make something look old and crusty! Like it's been found in an attic chest after a few generations passings......

Saturday, October 19, 2013

zub zub

zub zub by AppleCrypt
zub zub, a photo by AppleCrypt on Flickr.

Zub Zub ... Grrrrr STAY STILL!!!!!

.... snap... snap ... .... snap... snap ... .... snap... snap ... .... snap... snap ... .... snap... snap ... .... snap... snap ... .... snap... snap ... GOTCHA!!!

Thursday, October 17, 2013


tonight by AppleCrypt
tonight, a photo by AppleCrypt on Flickr.

Who needs an SLR when you've got a spanky iPhone in your pocket? I love my iPhone 5 with iOS 7.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


fall by AppleCrypt
fall, a photo by AppleCrypt on Flickr.

Sometimes the easiest and simplest of shots are the best. Stand under a tree and click... great stuff!

Taken on an iPhone 5 using iOS 7.

Friday, October 11, 2013


smithy by AppleCrypt
smithy, a photo by AppleCrypt on Flickr.

This shot of Smithhills Hall was taken back in Feb. One of my earlier attempts at panoramic photography using the beautiful iPhone 5.

It was very cold this day and I hope to go back again soon as it was a lovely place to visit.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


home by AppleCrypt
home, a photo by AppleCrypt on Flickr.

My latest flickr picture uploaded today. I shot this one in the Roddlesworth area of the Pennine Moors in Lancashire, England.

Looks like a really nice home that deserved the vintage treatment. Shot in Hipstamatic and then helped along a little more with Instagram. All done on the iPhone 5. iOS7.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

paint by numbers

paint by numbers by AppleCrypt
paint by numbers, a photo by AppleCrypt on Flickr.

Please see the flickr page for this image as it's got a link to a YouTube video that helps Photoshop noobs (like me!) turn their photos into paintings.

Anyone know other ways using Photoshop Elements? I'm on Mac. Thanks!