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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 Remnants – Part 2

Summer Remnants – Part 2

I’ll finish up the last of the flowers for this post. Everyone seems to love my flower photos. Me? I could pass. Interesting thing about editing these images is that before I would just crank the contrast on a flower image. Then I would boost the saturation and and the blacks and call it done. I also had weird bokeh effects that really drew the attention away from the flower. Now that I use a tone curve adjustment to add…

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Summer Remnants – Part One

Summer Remnants – Part One

I really have no idea why I am going through my back catalogue other than I can. It’s not like I am not sitting on tons of unedited images that I have recently shot. I just am generally shocked on the stuff I never edited for one reason or another. These are from Oatlands Plantation when I visited out there which is now 3 years ago. I was still shooting micro 4/3 cameras and wasn’t fully into landscapes yet. So…

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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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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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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 2

Secret Garden – Part 2

With a break from flowers with some architectural stuff I feel I can attempt some more flowers! So I return to my secret garden or the US National Botanical Gardens. Considering I was stuck behind a Chinese tour group with photo permits for tripods I guess its not that secret. I have encountered Chinese tour groups before in Thailand and they are serious about their gear. I was genuinely impressed by the tripod permits they had. They are not that…

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