Shell Abstracts

A few pics of my adventures into my  shell macro world :

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Technically, getting the focus right in macro is always a bit tricky [ I’m still learning what my lens can do]  and I know that really patient photographers do ‘focus stacking’ – taking many shots with different focal points and then merging them into one whole with everything sharp. However – I haven’t got that sort of concentration , not to mention the acquired back-ache from sitting too long at pc plus  I’m useless with Layers. But, on the other hand, I’m quite happy to have one spot in the image sharp[ish] with the softer areas leaving  a bit ‘mystery’. Normally, to get everything in focus I would use a higher f number but when using my macro lens – the higher the number, the more temperamental the camera gets.  Well- that’s the end of my excuses folks….

Hope to see you again tomorrow …. Eileen

 


Green and Red

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Leafy Layers

It’s marvelous how God has designed and inbuilt every species of life with stored information in the genes/DNA to pass on its characteristics to future generations. This has enabled breeders of the Heuchera plant to produce a wonderful variety of leaves and I have several in my garden. They have also crossed Heucheras with Tiarellas and produced the ‘Heucherella’ which is a very pretty smaller plant. Now, in our technological age, it seems anything is possible and a great benefit – as long as it’s kept within the boundaries that God has graciously set for us.

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Simply Red

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Smoothie

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Petalscape

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Redscape

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Green and Red

See ya’ll again soon I hope DV   Eileen

 


Creative Macro

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Yellow Haze

Thought I would get a bit more ‘arty’ this time and go for a softer look. This is the centre of a yellow tulip.

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I Got the Blues

Same image – different colour. I use a prog called ON1 sometimes and the title of this is taken from one of their effects.

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Shades of Yellow

Back to normal tulip colour for this one.

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Variations

I hope I’m not flogging the water drops on petals to death here! But I do enjoy playing around with them as you never know what gems you’ll end up with ….

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Shades of Lilac

I really liked the colour of this one  ….

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Variations 2

The weather is supposed to get really good this week so I’ll be visiting the Ifield Pond again. I went last week in bright sunshine and forgot to adjust the exposure number on my camera – which spells disaster when photographing swans as their pure whiteness gets blown out and un-rescuable [if there is such a word?] Plus – I wore sunglasses and I ended up not knowing what I was viewing while trying to juggle specs and camera – daft ‘apeth! The swans have 6 babies now and I did get some adequate shots of them, but overall I was disappointed and disgusted with myself…. I hope I can learn from my mistakes though.

till next time,   Eileen

 

 


Macro Spree

Softly Lilac

I’m really excited to have a new macro lens for my new camera! So – I went on an indoor macro spree.  I’d bought some fluffy feathers from a craft shop and tried spraying some water drops on them. This took a bit of time in itself as the water flattened the feathers down somewhat. It’s marvelous how the droplets stay put and God created feathers, skin etc to be waterproof!

Airy-Fairy

Purple

Purple Haze

Deep Purple

Purple Drop

Another post will follow showing less ‘abstracty’ pics …. see you soon   Eileen


Paper Play

 

 

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It was a very rainy day yesterday, so I decided to play around with some sheets of white printing paper. It was an idea I picked up from one of my many photography books.  The paper is stapled at strategic  points to get the required rhythmic patterns .  I then used my Paintshop Pro to soften this one.

blush

This one I had fun with using a plug-in called Virtual Photogapher. The effect is called ‘blush’.  Although it’s a one-click job you can also use a slider [ or in my case Paintshop] to further adjust.

dreamy

 

And lastly – this effect is called dreamy.