I must admit I was quite shocked to see how many months have gone by since I last posted here – so now I must catch up and will start with some Hawthorn blossom.
I went over to the Pond last week , but it was very cold and very lean pickings for any water birds etc. The saving grace were lots of blossoms on the many Hawthorn trees around. They were actually all white but I fancied doing something different with them and discovered a set of ‘Retro’ effects in my PSP that I haven’t used before. I was pleased with the lovely pink colours and that it harmonised the background colours too….
I bought myself some tulips – I love their sculptural qualities and strong colours. The black background suited them very well I thought.
Other tools I haven’t really used are the Dodge and the Smudge Brushes. I really enjoyed using them to get these blending , softening effects.
I will endeavour to post again soon. blessings, Eileen
I love the sculptural quality of tulips because they make such clean, simple images … you can’t go wrong really, can you? I find this type of flower lends itself well to using a black background. Removing a petal allowed the stamen etc to be photographed from the front instead of from above.
One of the challenges of photography is to present something that is a common and favourite subject for photographers in a fresh way – otherwise it can be a case of ‘if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all’. As with all ‘Art’ – in the end it’s all about Ideas.
Could have been a little bit sharper, but I quite liked the softer look – a bit more dreamy perhaps ….
That’s all for now folks, see you again soon I hope. Your ‘likes’ and comments are always very appreciated, Eileen
I always look forward to receiving flowers on special occasions for obvious reasons. Roses, of course, are a classic subject for photographing against a black background, so here are my offerings ….
Please feel free to leave a comment or constructive criticism – it’s always nice to hear other people’s take on things. till next time, Eileen
Hope you enjoy looking – I had a lovely time photographing them and getting a bit ‘artistic’ too.
see you again soon dv Eileen
I’d set up a still life with a Dandelion clock in a small pot and took a few shots, then I had to leave it to attend to other things. When I came back, the card I’d used as a back-drop had fallen on top of my set-up so I thought that was that!
However – it wasn’t completely demolished, just a broken stem, so I decided it would add interest to the image. Here are a couple of shots before the near disaster happened …..
I tried a variation by transferring the dandelion to a similar pot, this time coloured blue/green …. this made a lot of the seeds scatter all over the place , so I did a little bit of re-arranging.
I bought myself a huge bunch of Daffodils and enjoyed myself taking photos of them. As ya’ll know by now – I like to ‘enhance’ my shots in Paintshop Pro. This allows me to bring a bit more creativity into what can be just another run -of- the- mill subject … I hope you like the results. I’m really grateful for this modern technology that allows me to share something that I would otherwise just tuck away in an album somewhere. Ha ha – it’s a substitute for plying someone in my home with all those snaps that you have to be polite about! Bye for now, Eileen
What I love about Sedums is the way rain drops collect and stay put on the leaves – so convenient for taking photographs. The plant has fleshy, succulent stems and leaves and as it’s clump-forming it makes it very easy to control and also to propagate. I found out by accident that if a stem breaks off you can just stick it in the ground and it will grow into another plant …. even better – you can give them to your friends [if they want them].
So, after the downpour the other day, I saw the sedum covered in bright droplets, looking like little jewels with the sun shining on them. My photos don’t really do justice to what I saw as they can’t completely capture the beauty of God’s creation. Just shows you though what marvelous inbuilt lenses He gave us !
In spite of the monochrome colouring, the sculptural quality of the plant makes it really interesting [at least, to me] and it wasn’t until I uploaded the pics to my laptop that I saw the ‘debris’ in the close up shots of the single raindrops.
Then I had a go at isolating a green droplet against a black and white leaf and stems. I love my Paintshop Pro software! Always found it easier to fathom out than Photoshop – cheaper to buy too….
Bye for now – you are very welcome to comment by clicking the ‘comments’ word at the end of the opening paragraph info. Eileen