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Flowers For Valentine’s Day – Part Two

Flowers For Valentine’s Day – Part Two

I’ll finish up the set of flowers for Valentine’s Day. Normally I like to break these things up but my schedule has been hectic and these are already edited and ready to go so I’m going with it. This set is actually when I first started to shoot the US Botanic Garden Conservatory. When I bring stuff into Photoshop it goes from the last photo I brought in to the first. So I work backwards. I was too lazy to…

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Flowers For Valentine’s Day – Part One

Flowers For Valentine’s Day – Part One

I had a request for flowers. It turns out I had recently shot some while I went on an adventure to the US Botanic Garden Conservatory. The entire reason I went to Botanic Garden Conservatory was to test out a couple lenses, a camera, and a flash I own. I had purchased a Sigma 24-70 2.8 and I had a Sigma 50mm macro to test. So I put them on a recently acquired Sony A7ii along with a Newer Flash…

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Summer Blossoms

Summer Blossoms

Not feeling in the mood to edit a landscape I went ahead and fell back to something I can edit in my sleep and without a lot of thought – flowers. I shot these while walking to work and figured I might as well edit them. I am going to do a few series in the upcoming days and I might as well get used to multiple edits, not the flowers require a whole lot of time or effort from…

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Struggling

Struggling

This is some piece of art that is installed at the National Harbor. It’s mainly used as a play area for kids as they climb all over it and play in the sand that was installed to hold the statue. When I took this shot the park police had closed it down for the night so I was able to get a clear shot of the statue without lots of kids running around. Not sure how I feel about the…

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Drips and Drops

Drips and Drops

It’s been raining here in the Washington DC area the last few days. The usual thunderstorms as the weather tries to figure out what the hell it wants to do. Since I walk to and from work and have a camera I figured why not shoot some of the drops I see when I am walking in. Plus it gives me an excuse of not to rush in and sit in my office for a bit longer. All these images…

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Details In Abstract – Part 1

Details In Abstract – Part 1

When I originally went to the US Botanic Gardens I went to shoot the leaves and other interesting non-flower bits. I knew it would be in monochrome and in an abstract type way. When you shoot monochrome you bring out the features that often aren’t visible in color. Post processing these images was done as usual. Moved them into Photoshop and went from there. I really tried to highlight the features of each image to and let it speak for…

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Monochromatic Blooms

Monochromatic Blooms

I didn’t want to use flowers in the title. Blooms sounds more artful? Plus some people will find what I did sacrilege because I took perfectly good looking flowers from color to monochromatic. The reason for the monochromatic conversion was that there was something wrong with the images in color. With the conversion to monochrome you get a lot more detail out of the flower and you see the underlying patterns that color tends to obscure. I tried to keep…

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Secret Garden – Part 5

Secret Garden – Part 5

Wrapping up the flower photos for those post To be honest after editing this many flower images in one post it wore me out. I am not a fan of similar edits unless its a paying job and even then I could live without them. There is a monotony about a similar style that makes you want to just give it over with. So if the images start to degrade assume its just me having enough of looking at flowers….

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Secret Garden – Part 4

Secret Garden – Part 4

Flower warning in effect. The next two days will be nothing but flowers as I finished the edits. I don’t think I will ever do that many flowers in one sitting again. That was torture on a grand scale. I do like how the flash worked to really allow me to get the details out of the flowers. While not always perfect I was able to achieve a decent shutter speed and have light. I also think not using a…

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Secret Garden – Part 3

Secret Garden – Part 3

Another round of flower photos! I would write about them more but I honestly don’t remember them much as I edited them all last week to have everything ready for posting. I did this so that when I returned from Costa Rica I didn’t have to rush an edit job. I’ll return to more normal editing tomorrow now that I am home on my larger screens and usual editing tools. Enjoy!

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