Colin Roberts Landscape  Photography


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Just had this email from Viewbug  

Well Colin Roberts , you must get tired of hearing it, but your photography is incredible. So incredible in fact, that once again one of your images has been hand-picked to be featured on the ViewBug Wall.

This is an honor that most ViewBug members never receive, but it's now happened to you and astounding 3+ times! (Honestly, we stopped counting at three.) .

Congrats on the exceptional image, and thanks for sharing your creativity with the ViewBug community! 


My Mighty Hike

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Well I completed the Cotswolds Way Mighty Hike on Saturday in aid of Macmillan, and what a great day it was. The last 5 months of training in the Cotswolds, Elan Valley , Brecon Beacons ,Cornwall and of course the Forest of Dean payed off on Saturday.

We had a dry start at Hillesley, I started at around 7am in the 1st phase and the weather looked good for the next 3 or so hours, so I knew I could get a fair few miles in before I needed to put waterproofs on, but it was still a bit wet and muddy under foot in places.

I am very pleased with my times and completed it in under 8 hours and averaged 3.31mph or a pace of 17:59 mins per mile and was ranked 22 out of 881.

Thank you to all my sponsors, there is still time to donate to this great charity.


DJI Updates Process For Activating Software And Firmware Updates

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Hi all had this email from DJI on Drone application activation process 

Dear Customers,


DJI will soon introduce a new application activation process for international customers. This new step, to take effect at the end of this week, ensures you will use the correct set of geospatial information and flight functions for your aircraft, as determined by your geographical location and user profile. All existing flight safety limitations, such as geofencing boundaries and altitude limits, remain the same.


Even if you have registered when activating your aircraft upon purchase, you will have to log in once when you update the new version of DJI GO or GO 4 App. If you have forgotten your password since your initial login, you can reset it using a function within the DJI GO and DJI GO 4 apps.


You will need a data connection to the Internet for your smartphone or tablet when you log in, in order to verify the account information and activate the updated software or firmware. If this activation process is not performed, the aircraft will not have access to the correct geospatial information and flight functions for that region, and its operations will be restricted if you update the upcoming firmware: Live camera streaming will be disabled, and flight will be limited to a 50-meter (164-foot) radius up to 30 meters (98 feet) high.


The feature applies to all aircraft (except standalone A3 and N3) that have been upgraded to the latest firmware or when using future versions of the DJI GO and GO 4 apps.


DJI encourages pilots to always follow applicable laws and regulations in the countries where they operate, and provides information about these regulations on its FlySafe website at




Your DJI Team


Lightroom Mobile

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Lightroom mobile is a great way to edit your photos on the move so here's a short overview of a before and after with screen shots  

So here's the before open on my iPad showing the editing panel at the bottom of the screen 

This photography the Graig Goch Dam in the Elan Valley was taken with my DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Drone which was flown within the CAA guidelines and flown safe and responsible from a safe location.


Here's the after  


Here we are showing the editing panel showing some of the basic adjustments on this photo I used the split toning to get the look I wanted 


Adobe Lightroom mobile is available on android as well as ios  

this screen shot shows the library screen on my iPad  


This one is a screen shot from my iPhone just to show the difference between a tablet and a phone  


This  was just a look into Lightroom mobile the one thing which is great is  that you can shoot your photos with this app  in Raw format as well as jpgs and can be synced with Lightroom on your Desktop Computer so you can finish your editing there.

Colin's Cotswold Way Challenge

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I am taking part in the Macmillan Cotswold Way Mighty Hike, this is a 26.4 mile hike along the Cotswold way from Wotton-Under-Edge to Bath on the 22nd July
Although I walk regularly a 26+mile hike is going to be a serious challenge for me.
I have chosen to take part in this to support Macmillan, because they do a fantastic job for all those going though this cruel illness.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity.



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Hi I was contacted by Sleeklens.Com to do a review on there Sky's Overlays Collection which I'm more than happy to do.

In this review I will show the before and after photo and talk about my workflow from the start in Lightroom and then adding the sky overlay in Photoshop with screen shots of how this is done

So here we are in Lightroom so I will show my basic workflow

·         1 open up the shadows and bring down the highlights to suit

·         2 adjust the blacks and whites points

·         3 adjust exposure if needed

·         4 sharpening and noise reduction

·         5 lens correction

Before screen shot in Lightroom

after adjustments in lightroom 

So when your with the photo open up in Photoshop and add the sky overlay on which this review is all about

So here we are in Photoshop with the image open so I go to the folder where  the sky's overlay are kept choose the sky overlay which in this photo I used overlay 45,and drag and drop into Photoshop so it appears over your  photo set the blending mode to multiply ,use the free transform to adjust the sky layer to suit your image and set in place where you want it then add a layer mask and invert it to black to hide the layer then set your foreground colour to white and the with you brush paint back in your sky to how you like it ,if your image has water like this one you repeat this but remember to flip the image add it to it's own layer and place it over the water adjust the opacity to suit for the reflection of the sky .on this image I added one of Sleeklens Actions which was the Daytime to Golden Hour which is included in the collection which I placed above the background copy so it added a bit of a golden hour look so when your happy with your edited save back to Lightroom or to you chosen folder.

Take a look at the before and after photos below

Photo open in Photoshop showing the layers panel open

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Layers panel open here showing the layer masks

The layers panel open again here with the skys overlay added

The final photo finished in lightroom

The finished photo after editing 

The Foel Tower is the starting point of the 73 mile journey of the water from the Elan Valley to Birmingham. It was built in a style which, like many of the other structures of the waterworks scheme, has become known as 'Birmingham Baroque'.
This elegant stone tower houses a system of valves and cylinders which can be raised and lowered hydraulically to draw water off from the reservoir at various depths as required. This water is then directed into the start of the aqueduct, controlled by valves

Overall the Sky's Overlay Collection is very good and would thoroughly recommend it and it will make a big difference to my way of editing in photoshop and its very easy to download use and to install the actions to. I do hope you enjoyed my insight into my workflow and my first Blog review of the Sky's Overlay Collection From Sleekleens.Com   

I would like to say a big thank to  Jane at Sleeklens.Com for sending me the Sky's overlay collection and please follow the links below for more information on What Sleeklens.Com has to offer


framed prints of the Forest of Dean Giants Chair

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I have created some framed prints of the Forest of Dean Giants Chair that I took a week before it was taken down.

They are available in Satin or Canvas in two sizes
• 14”X11” with mount, A4 print. – Price £16
• 12”x10” with mount, 10”x8” print – Price £12

If you are interested please let me know the size and finish you would like, Postage or collection details and Payment details.
Please note P&P will be extra.

see link below


Late Autumn Sunrise in the Cotswolds

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A shot from our trip to coln st Aldwyn in the cotswolds

Won Contest Finalist in Dodho Volume 4 Photo Contest on December, 2014

Late Autumn Sunrise in the Cotswolds

here is the before Screen shot the shot was Edited in lightroom 5 

Here is the After screen shot 

Behind The Len


We were out on a Saturday morning trip to Coln St Aldwyns in the Cotswolds where I went for a walk along the River Coln with my dog prince while my wife went for a run with a local Canicross group


This shot was taken at 09.17am in a water meadow by the river Coln it was such a beautiful morning to in November


It was a natural lighting shot with the sun just coming up over the trees making the willow tree look like a silhouette


I shot with a Nikon D7000 with a Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 EX DC HSM lens this was a handheld shot This was shot at 1/1000 sec at f9 and ISO at 100 at 17mm


Was just was along the water meadow and turned around and looked back and saw this shot so had to take it the sun and the clouds looked just right with the mist over the meadow and river.


This shot was taken in Raw and edited in Lightroom 5 with the White balance set to shade adjust the whites and blacks ,opened up th shadows an brought down the highlights and ajusted the exposure then added a graduated filter to the top and bottom,with some Dodge and burn with the adjustment brush. Image was sharpened with some noise reduction and masking ,with some minor adjustments in the HSL panel And to finsh with some post-crop vignetting

In my camera bag

On a normal day I take in my backpack would be my Nikon 80-400mm f4.5-5.6D VR ED and a Nikon 18-105mm f3.5-5.6 VR ED and a Tamron 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 AF XR DI 11 Some ND Filters, polarising filter ,wireless and Cable Remote control, microfibre cleaning cloths and blower and my tripod.


Just go out early morning or in the evening just before sunset and just look for the shot and enjoy it ,take you time to compose the shot and try to get the shot right in the camera, ie exposure and Aperture and shoot with your tripod if you have it with you and may be shoot it between f9 to f16 to keep it Sharp and keep the ISO low if you can.


A Quick insight to my workflow in Lightroom5 at the Purton Hulks

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Here’s some screen shots of my workflow in Lightroom 5 this is the before shot without adjustments

The unedited image

This is the edited photo with ajustments

1, Exposure Open up the shadows and bring down the Highlight’s

2,Boost the Exposure

3, Set the white and Black points

4,Desaturate the photo so it becomes B & W

5, Adjustment brush to add extra exposure 

6,Graduated filter on the sky

Here,s the finished image


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We are pleased to confirm that Colin Roberts is our official photographer on race day! Thank you to everyone else who has offered to take photos. Colin was the natural and obvious choice for this as he has spent many a Sunday morning coming along to our training runs and taking brilliant photos of us in action. He has also taken great photos at races where Forest of Dean Canicrossers have taken part.