Archive for the ‘Macro’ 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.

Autumn Leaves

Saturday, November 15th, 2014


I had to take another trip to Lithia Park this week and it was still stunning though perhaps past peak. I wanted to share a macro image in contrast to last week’s landscape though I again had many beautiful images of both genres to choose from. Beautiful as these leaves were they were a little dirty and scuffed around the edges so it seemed appropriate to give them an impressionistic treatment. This served to soften many of the flaws. Before Topaz Impression I also put it into Nik Color Efex pro for detail and a center light.  I also did some work with the spot healing brush and content aware fill to eliminate some distractions.


Saturday, November 1st, 2014


I have been up to my ears in unpacking and feathering my new nest this week.  So, I came up empty on the image of the week front. So, this morning I decided to put everything else on hold and go for a camera walk. I had in mind an old barn I had seen not far from my house but it turned out to be too far from the path for a good shot. But not far away I spotted this beautiful old oak tree in the midst of changing for autumn and clinging to a few acorns. I slapped on my 500D closeup lens (thank you Charles Needle for that tip) and went to town. There were several good options but I thought this one did the best job of capturing the essence of fall acorn-ness. In post I cropped some to reduce bright sky on the edges, then took it in to NIK color efex pro for the usual treatments: detail, saturation, highlight on the acorn.  Back in Photoshop I cropped and darkened the corners just a bit more.

Autumn Leaf

Saturday, October 25th, 2014


Another week of moving with little time for photography.  I did pause for a few minutes to photograph this beautiful leaf.  I like the color of the moss it was sitting on but the detail was just too distracting so I ended up adding a texture to soften the background.  I think I could have spent more time on it but the boxes are calling to be unpacked.

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 98 – Vitus Vinifera

Saturday, October 4th, 2014


I took a little drive through the Applegate wine country this week hoping to get a chance to photograph some grapes.  This image or something similar has been in my mind every since I was in Italy and too sick to get off the bus when we stopped at a vinyard.  I’m hoping there will be many more like it in the next few years. In post processing I did the usual routine in CEP then took it into Topaz Impression for a light painterly treatment.

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 93 – Lock

Monday, September 29th, 2014


I’m still having fun processing earlier images in Topaz Impression. this is a lock on the side of a barn door out in the orchard country.

Day 92 – Leaf

Sunday, September 28th, 2014


Here’s another leaf.  I processed this one in the usual way in Nik CEP, then I added a texture from the French Kiss Collection and did some blending and masking.  Finally, I took it into Topaz Impression where I selected the Cave Dweller II preset and did some tweaking. I’m not completely happy with it but the problem was that I shot the leaf on the grass where it lay and the grass made it hard to do a good job with the masking.  So, lesson learned, in my next round of leaf images I will lift them out of the grass for a cleaner look.