I came across this brave little lad on About.me https://about.me/ricojay and I was moved by his story and thought maybe I could help in some way. Please see the video below. I have decided that I will donate 50% of any profit on the sale of my works on Pixels.com http://leigh-kemp.pixels.com/ to the fund http://www.dreamordonate.nl/2289-rico-jay-for-america
This way you get something nice to hang on your wall, scatter on you sofa, wrap around your i-phone or yourself on a cold night (duvet covers) 🙂 or use to carry your shopping around in etc. and he gets one step closer to his dream.
Please watch the video and visit his website and consider donatiing either directly to his fund or through purchasing one of my work he needs all the help that he can get.
The Rico-Jay fund is now official, please see https://www.gofundme.com/ricojay in English. I just put my money where my mouth is and donated to his http://www.dreamordonate.nl/2289-rico-jay-for-america fund. Please make a donation and help this child. I have been conversing on Twitter with his mum and have some great news, he is in hospital in Holland to receive treatment and can now eat normal food, something that you and I take for granted. Imagine how amazing this must be after 7 1/2 years of not being able to do so!. You can follow him @RicoJayFund on Twitter https://twitter.com/RicoJayFund
According to my WordPress stats report thingy this posting was the most read in 2015. Thank you all and please let’s keep it this way in 2016 and tell your friends about his story and his fund-raising site.At the time of writing (30/12/2015) his fund has raised 22% of the €40, 000 target that he needs to travel to America and receive the specialist medical treatment that he needs. Every donation gets him one step closer to his dream.On his and his parents’ behalf thank you all for your continued kindness and generosity.
Photograph (C) Rico-Jay de Boer
A painterly work of a local church.
A new work today of some boats on the river.
River scene at Twickenham, I’ve been sitting on this work for a couple of days trying to decide if I like it or not. Most probably another work for a virtual dentist’s waiting room. 🙂
Another painterly floral work ,not sure what they are, they look like some sort of Lupin but I’m not that sure about a lot of flowers and I’m happy to stand corrected. 🙂
PS. Now the subject of my latest collaboration with the poet and writer Yvonne White of “Quotes from the dark” :
Soft blushes of color
flood through the fields
changing with the wind
as broken hearts they heal
With every whisper
between fluttering petals
a whole new world of delights
shifts and settles
Soaking up the light
bathing the land in sweet scents
we are reminded of the beauty
as velvet fairies shimmer in decent
-TerriLynn Le Blanc ©2017
Image/photo – by Leigh Kemp
See my “Quotes from the dark” page to see all our previous collaborative works.
One of my all time favorite spots on the River Thames, the weir at Teddington.
As a follow up to my last post I thought I’d post a before and after processing shot of York House. If one is prepared to spend some time in processing one’s images then there’s a lot that one can do. The detail was all there in the original shot it just need bringing out with some time and effort. I used a graduated neutral density filter on the sky to further bring out the sky. I also adjusted the shadow detail a bit.
Straight from camera shot –
Processed shot –
DXO Optics Pro pre-processed and then adjusted to taste using various Topaz and NIK software plugins in Lightroom.
I spend a lot of time processing my shots before I start working with them. My personal favourite RAW importer/processing software is DXO Optics Pro 11 Elite. There’s so much that one can do with a shot to bring out hidden details, sharpness, lighting, reduce high ISO noise etc. with this software and it has the best built in lens and camera body correction profiles of any software I’ve ever used. A few examples, I’ve used my same preset and I’d reduce the colour saturation to taste later in post processing. Original image and then my DXO processed image. I guess that a lot of folks don’t realise that the detail is captured in their images but not necessarily visible in their straight out of camera shots.
PS. I’ve not made any attempt to correct verticals in these shots which one can do with another DXO product called Viewpoint which I use as a plugin in Optics Pro. Nor have I tweaked them further individually. I’ve used the same preset for comparison purposes. These aren’t finished shots but rather a starting point for further processing until I’m happy with the end results.
Two of the beautiful statues in the gardens of York House, Twickenham, well worth a visit and they’re free to view.
In a clearing in the woods you can find the most wonderous things.
Spotted this little girl feeding the squirrels and thought it’d make a nice shot.