Archive for the ‘Gardens’ Category

Summer Flowers

Saturday, November 29th, 2014


It’s that time of year when it is hard to find a good weather window to go out and shoot and the over 5000 images I have in my files from this year are nagging at me.  So, this week I started the process of sifting through and deleting those with no redeeming value and processing those with potential. This shot from North Mountain Park back in August benefited from a little cropping and an impressionist filter from Topaz Impression.

Van Gough meets Lithia Park

Saturday, November 8th, 2014


I thought that being in the throes of moving I had completely missed fall color this year but a post from a fellow photographer alerted me to the fact that Lithia Park in Ashland was still putting on a pretty good show. It was hard to pick an image of the week there was so much color and inspiration just in the Japanese Garden.  But I liked this impressionistic treatment from Topaz Impression using a Van Gough look. My self criticism here is that I probably should have had the bench further to the left so it is not looking out of the image.  On the other had that may just give it a different dynamic.

Poppy Impression

Saturday, October 18th, 2014


Well, photography has been about the furthest thing from my mind this week as I have been busy closing on my new house and working out all the last minute bugs.  So, I had to pull something out of the archives to process at the last minute. This poppy was shot in April at the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens. It was a little too scruffy around the edges to work as a straight photograph but with the Cezanne II treatment in Topaz Impression it looks pretty good.

Day 96 – Orange Flower

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014


Not sure if this is a marigold or what but I tried to get a little different perspective on it.  Did the usual processing in CEP.

Day 95 – Milkweed seeds

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014


On my camera walk in North Mountain Park the other day I found bunches of milkweed seeds.  I may have to go back with the big girl camera as it was hard to get the degree of sharpness required for these beauties with the little one. Standard processing and yes I forced myself to forgo the Topaz Impression treatment.

Day 94 – Morning Glory

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014


I took a stroll in the park yesterday and found some amazingly beautiful Morning Glories.  Still fascinated with Topaz Impression.  This one got the Cezanne treatment

Day 89 – Birdhouse

Thursday, September 25th, 2014


I’m still having fun with the Topaz Impression software.  Which is good because it has been pouring rain for two days so I was going to have to revisit old images anyway. This one uses one of the “Van Gough” presets.

Day 83 – Rose

Friday, September 19th, 2014


I saw this rose blooming in my Mother’s yard and had to take its picture. Something about a fall blooming rose touches my heart.  This one got just a little detail, saturation and warmth. But the darken lighten center really made the image by giving it depth and drama.

Day 73 – Apple

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014


Some of the Apple trees in my parents garden are older than me. But they just keep on producing.  This one got about the usual post processing but there was also a texture involved.

Day 65 – Cherry Tomatoes

Monday, September 1st, 2014


The garden is waning but the cherry tomatoes and green peppers are still going strong.  Have to love the color wheel opposites in this one and it doesn’t even look like Christmas. Post processing about as usual except no brilliance/warmth needed.