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 contrast I have a much more control over the contrast. I also don’t get massive color shifts like before either.

To add effect I just use localized dodge and burn to get the right light on the flower and I get a much smoother transition from flower to background. In all, they are much better images now than before.

Enjoy.

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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 I was just wandering around sticking my camera near flowers and calling it a photographic.

Nothing fancy going editing wise. It’s a flower and sometimes some bee’s. Typical dodge and burn and called it done.

Enjoy.

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Facing the Sun

I shot this picture last year sometime while testing out a new lens. When I originally edited ti I wasn’t thrilled with the final outcome and having another year editing and more tools at my disposal I went back and did it again. The hills in the distance are the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The location was Oatlands Historical House and Gardens located in Leesburg, VA. It’s worth a trip for the stuff around the main building. You can take a guided tour if you want or just wander through the gardens and check out the landscapes.

Enjoy.

Sitting Into the Sun