St George’s Church .. Iraq

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


1879 by AppleCrypt
1879, a photo by AppleCrypt on Flickr.

This image was taken in 2007 by somebody that knew nothing of photography (probably still doesn't!) but was eager to snap away a zillion times in this outstanding place.

Yup, I shot this. The place is a favourite of ours - Tombstone in southern Arizona, USA.

I've processed it to look really old.. like it was taken during the days of Ed Schieffelin.

What a venture this was - a great place with dusty streets, floor boarded sidewalks and cowboys walking around. Haha this is a guys perfect dream place (even girls in the saloon). Loved it here.

Must - go - back - someday !!!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


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

Taken in one of my favourite places during our 2009 road trip - Bastrop, Texas.

A real small-town feel here in this old downtown region and it was so lovely too. Great weather, nice shops and good to walk these beautiful streets. Like a modern day wild west town!

I was playing in a photography app using the sketch feature and liked the results... it was cool but nothing that I'd really end up posting to flickr. Then I thought to myself, why not apply it as a filter in photoshop and see what happens. Looks all wintery now!

I like the fx and I hope you do too :-)

Monday, November 18, 2013


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

Any Texans out there in West Texas, pretty close to Del Rio? I would love to know if this tourist attraction / movie set of John Wayne's The Alamo is still up & running.

It was a wonderfully unique experience to walk around this western style town. Just like something outta the movies? Sure was - and is - as many movies and tv shows have been made here. (but see my flickr page for some links)

Processed to look old and crusty deliberately for your pleasure. I love to play!

Sunday, November 17, 2013


H2O by AppleCrypt
H2O, a photo by AppleCrypt on Flickr.

An old image from 2007 and one I fiddled about with in photoshop eons ago now .. but I only just found it tonight. I was about to scrap it and re-process tonight but then i figured why not save myself a load of time and upload this?

I would like to think I could photoshop this far better today then I did back ... whenever I edited this!! I'm sure I could actually - but - I still like this as is. So it's on flickr right now for all to laugh at....err I mean enjoy!

IF anyone reading this is ever in this part of New Mexico then I would strongly advice a visit to White Sands. It's an awesome place - looks like the north pole but in blistering hear (even in April when we was there).

Been twice + love it here.
Bring water with you!


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

Saturday, November 16, 2013

life on the ranch

life on the ranch by AppleCrypt
life on the ranch, a photo by AppleCrypt on Flickr.

A scene from the old wild west .... Fort Davis in West Texas. Taken back in 2009.

Friday, November 15, 2013

West Texas

West Texas by AppleCrypt
West Texas, a photo by AppleCrypt on Flickr.

I'm no professional photographer ... but I am 100x better today then I was when I first started to find an interest in cameras back around 2008/9.

This image was a point+clicker taken in 2009 - Terlingua, West Texas. Of course, I'd give anything to test out what I've learned about photography so far and see the kind of picture I could now take.

But .... that ain't gonna happen anytime soon (£££) .... So I'll have to make do and tart up some old pics!

So, here is a part of West Texas that I hope somebody somewhere likes! I do :^)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


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

Continuing on with my resurrection of my old pictures .... here is a shot from Terlingua taken back in 2009.

This is a famous Texas ghost town that is based right besides the beautiful Big Bend National (and State) Park in West Texas.

I loved exploring here in the scorching heat. A fascinating ghost town that covers a large area of Terlingua - I sure hope to go back one day and taken lots of better pics!

Better get saving . . . .

Monday, November 11, 2013


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

My latest piece of photography on Flickr ...

It seems to be a hit judging by the kind comments there. Hmm now I'm wondering if I should mention that the colours and sunlight are all fake and something I manually created in Apple Aperture and then Snap Art 3.

Sure the scene itself is nice but the world always looks better after a little post processing :^)

All created on my Apple iMac.

Sunday, November 10, 2013


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

I shot this back in August..

No idea for an identification but it is beautiful and I love it’s colours. Taken in Lancashire, England.

Saturday, November 9, 2013


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

My latest flickr upload - taken at the reservoir in Roddlesworth (Lancashire, England) a few weeks ago.

Post processing done in Apple Aperture and then some funky fx produced in Snap Art 3.

All made on my iMac ... what else? :^)

Friday, November 8, 2013


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

Learning to use Alien Skin's Snap Art 3 is proving to be so enjoyable. What an amazing piece of Mac software this is.

Extra post processing was done, as usual, in Apple Aperture. Just to complete the image...

FWIW, I did use Photoshop also. But only to remove the boring sky with a little texture layer...

Thursday, November 7, 2013


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

Somedays you'll come up against all kinds of problems & daft hurdles that life throws at ya.... Still, this day, I certainly didn't expect four grumpy sheep lol

They didn't move and made us walk around them. Very odd as they're supposed to be so timid lol

Still, made a lovely shot to painterly - up !!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

thru a ropy view

thru a ropy view by AppleCrypt
thru a ropy view, a photo by AppleCrypt on Flickr.

My latest flickr upload today. Taken through a farming gate that's literally held together by rope! The views are of the lovely English countryside in Lancashire and it's a lovely place to walk.

Geo-Tagged in flickr for all interested :-)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


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

For this image I used Alien Skin Snap Art for the basic painterly feel but later felt like it was too much... so I layered it with the original in Photoshop to achieve the results you see.

I enjoy fiddling in Mac apps like Alien Skin, Topaz, Photoshop and of course Aperture! All good fun :-)

Monday, November 4, 2013

river roddlesworth

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

My latest Flickr upload was shot in Roddlesworth woods in Lancashire, England. It's actually part of the West Pennine Moors area and is a great place to go for a good walk.

This was shot on a lovely September day with lots of sunshine and blue skies. Something you're not gonna see much of in November (in England!!)

I processed this very simply using Aperture for basic tweaks like White Balance, contrast, vibrancy, etc.. Then I exported it into Photoshop where I applied a painterly layer as a multiply layer style.

I kinda like the shadows... nice scene!

Saturday, November 2, 2013


gotcha! by AppleCrypt
gotcha!, a photo by AppleCrypt on Flickr.

I shot this "macro" pic of an Hoverfly a few weeks back outside the cafe in Tockholes. In fact, I got quite a few food snaps here in this big plant pot lol

Just a good day for taking pics....

Friday, November 1, 2013

parbold hall

parbold hall by AppleCrypt
parbold hall, a photo by AppleCrypt on Flickr.

I shot this image yesterday using my iPhone and it's default camera app (set to the instant filter). Cropped it in Aperture on my Mac and added a little extra Definition ....

It's taken south of Parbold Hall, looking northwards across the rural landscape. Awesome place for great walks here.

I love Lancashire, England.


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

I love Hipstamatic on iPhone

....and I love old abandoned buildings too! lol