A rose for today.
After last night’s dinner, we drove downtown, parked and took a short walk through an older neighborhood. As we strolled along, we couldn’t help but notice the beautiful flowers in many gardens. The sun was starting to set, so I took a few shots in the pretty light. A nice way to spend an hour!
Our yellow iris bloomed Mother’s Day weekend. When I photographed these swaying in the late afternoon winds, the sun shining on the bushes in the background created colored bokeh, reminding me of a disco ball (or Christmas lights).
The window light seems to have created a spotlight effect on the table in this hydrangea still life- as well as a bit of a refracted image of the grandfather clock which was behind.
Painterly effects added with Topaz Impression
Below is another image edited with LAB Color. This was a more complicated edit involving the same steps as before with the addition of an equalize adjustment. Then the image was taken into Topaz Studio where some painterly adjustments were added to part of the image (mostly the petals). Definitely a fun project!
A week ago at our camera club we watched a Harold Davis video on flower photography, and editing with LAB color in Photoshop was mentioned. I had watched many of his videos several years ago and had been inspired to buy a lightbox, which I use often when I shoot flowers. But I had not played with LAB color since that time. So I was inspired to try this editing technique once more with photos I had already taken. Basically, I used color channels to invert colors and blend modes to apply to the regular image. This is definitely not my usual style, but it was fun to do.
I love echinacea!. I keep the flowers in a jar long after their petals are faded and withered- they still hold their appeal for me. Maybe because I’m a little faded and wilted myself! There is a beauty in aging. . . right?
Just a little editing fun in Topaz Impression with an Alaska petunia. . .
One of the pleasures of visiting our Alaska family is seeing their amazing garden! There is a greenhouse full of seedlings, and next to it is a huge terraced vegetable garden. A deck surrounds the house, and the railings are decorated with flower boxes. In front there are more flower beds as well as rhubarb, strawberries and raspberries. And TREES of course!
This photo shows some of the petunias growing in a flower box on a front railing.
My little AAUW photo group is meeting this week, and the topic is reflections. Each month we send 4-6 photos to the leader, and then they are displayed on a large screen in a room at the library. Later they are on the website for AAUW Prescott. I got a few photos together for the topic, but also decided to do some still life photography emphasizing reflections.
Here’s one with my baby cup! I tried to shine it up, but ended up having to rely on the dining room table for the reflection.
All that’s left of my hydrangeas. Trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear as they say. . .
A dahlia macro
Dahlias from the Farmer’s Market!
A cheery sight at the Alaska Botanical Garden in Anchorage: