Archive for the ‘Flowers’ Category

Summer Flowers

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Cone_flower_Impression

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.

Poppy Impression

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Poppy_Impression

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

Orange_flower

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 94 – Morning Glory

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Morning_Glory_CezII

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 91 – Late Bloomer

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Late_Bloomer_VG

I promise the sunflowers are about gone and I am going to have to find some new material. Leaves anyone? This is another one processed in the new Topaz Impression software.  It is supposed to create the look of a Van Gough but that seems a bit arrogant to me.  I just like the image.

Day 88 – Sunflower Impression

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Sunflower_Impression

Here is another example of a photograph processed using Topaz Impression for a painterly look.  So many possibilities.  The only hard part is committing to a look.

Day 86 – Marigold

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Marigold2

The Marigolds just keep blooming and blooming.  This one got the usual treatment in CEP.  It was shot with a closeup filter on my macro lens.

Day 83 – Rose

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Rose2

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 82 – Cone Flower

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Cone_flower

The cone flowers are about done this year but I saw these at the Farmer’s Market the other day. The mix of sun and shade made it a challenge in post processing.  I think I should have darkened the lower left a little more.  Otherwise about as usual, detail, saturation, a little warmth and a spotlight on the main flower.

Day 72 – Sunflower Grunge

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Sunflower_grunge

I found myself in the sunflower patch again yesterday but I wanted to get a little creative for a different kind of look.  So let’s see if I can remember what I did.  First I took it into Color Efex Pro and added a detail extractor, a bleach bypass and a darken/lighten center filter.  Then I added a Polaroid transfer filter.  Still not satisfied I took it into Analog efex pro and grunged it up a bit.  Then I added a texture layer and selected the Color Burn blending mode in photoshop.  Finally, I went back to CEP to add a grungy border to match the look.  I like it but I’m still feeling a little bad about messing up such a pretty flower.