Daffodil

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So nice to see the daffodils blooming everywhere. I found this one in front of the nature center at North Mountain Park in Ashland. I love the pop of color added by the grape hyacinths!

I probably should have shot to include the whole stem but image this fat old woman with a tripod on her knees trying to see through the viewfinder at an odd angle and worried about getting run over. You do what you can. I still think it is a pleasing image.

In post I adjusted the exposure a little, added detail and just a little saturation and darkened the corners to give the daffodil center stage.

Floats

Floats

I still have lots of images to process from my North Carolina trip but I liked this one for its lines and colors. Lots of shrimp boats in the harbors and lots of ways to portray them artistically. Post processing involved opening up the shadows and adding saturation and sharpening.

Surfer

Surfer

I stopped by Wrightsville Beach near Wilmington, N.C. yesterday and there were hundreds of surfers in wet suits. Not to many of them were actually getting up but the fellow did pretty well. I was challenged to photograph them as the sun was behind them. Then I thought to get up on the pier and had a great view from there. I added saturation and denoised this one and then sharpened it.

Bicyclette

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I’ve been working on digital art this week. The weather has not been too cooperative for getting out to photograph. I’m getting better at blending and adding water color edges. The photo is from Santa Fe. I just felt like giving it a French name.

So, the technique here, in Photoshop, is to mask out the entire image then stamp it back in with water color brushes using white on the mask. I also applied a blending mode which is how the wall behind the bicycle got blended into the background. Looking at it now I think maybe I should have expanded the image a little toward the upper left.

Crocuses

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Finally, some flowers to photograph! I love these little guys for their dogged determination in appearing in February before all the other flowers and marking the hope that spring cannot be far away. I used by 180mm macro lens on these and was lucky that they were still hanging on to a few raindrops from the day before.

Rooflines

Rooflines

I have been dragging my feet on posting an image of the week because I didn’t have anything new I really liked. I kept going back to so barn photos I captured this week and trying different processing and finally came up with this one of a barn I love with lots of crazy intersecting rooflines treated in Topaz impressions with a Van Gough preset with opacity reduced a little to let more detail through.

Paddleboats

Paddleboats

I was working on a web gallery of my Cuba images yesterday and came across this one that I hadn’t done anything with. I loved the colors of the paddle boats and the water but they were a little dirty and grungy so I decided to try a painterly treatment in Topaz Impression which I love. I also cropped in quite a bit to get rid of distractions in the background and make it all about the bands of color.