Return Of The Flora

Been awhile since I did any flowers so I figure I would do some using the new editing process along with my tried and true flower process. These shots were taken on on various days and places which is why the light shifts so much. Still, I am very pleased with how well these turned out as I can now control the color when I add a tone curve much better and I have a more consistent and lifelike result.

Enjoy.

Return of the Flora

Return of the Flora

Return of the Flora

Return of the Flora

Return of the Flora

Return of the Flora

Blue Meets Green

Now that the football season is over (soccer to you godless heathens) I now have mornings to myself to get some shooting in. So I snuck off the Meadowlark Gardens just as it opened and paid my $5 entrance fee and in I went. I just wanted to wander and not worry about shooting anything with a purpose so I just had my Panasonic GX7 along with 3 lenses, the 45mm 1.8 (90mm eq), 12mm 2.0 (24mm eq) and the 60mm 2.8 Macro (12omm eq) with me. Sounds like a lot but considering I can bring an arsenal with me of cameras and lenses this all fit in my tiny Domke bag.

Normally I’m really lazy about switching lenses but considering I am planning an extended adventure later this year and not really wanting to take my arsenal with me I figured I might as well train myself that lens switching isn’t evil and as I crested the hill I saw this magnificent view and knew I had to put the 12mm on. Happy I did.

Just ran it through a couple filters. Was going to do a few layer masks but was happy with the green and blues really coming out. Then did a few more tweaks and was happy with it all. It’s not HDR which is what I have been doing most of my landscapes in but I really like the color and the contrasts.

Enjoy.

Blue Meets Green

 

Waiting for Summer

I have been shooting color for the last few days but I love some black and white and I love the Sony A58 as an amazing camera.  I shot this bench on a whim and then did some fiddling around in Nik Tools to get what I wanted out of it.  I am learning to edit in color first then do the final in black and white to get richer darks out of it.  For all the baseball fans out there I know the season has started, but this bench still has the empty feel of waiting for the boys of summer to come along and play.

Waiting for Summer
Sony A58, 18mm, ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/200

Remnants of Summer

The parental units like the nature stuff and I cut my teeth photographing flowers until I could take a picture of a flower in my sleep.  I learned how to edit pics with flowers because they have so much color in them you learn to adjust color and contrast.  These are just some throw aways I snapped while out walking from dropping my car off at the shop for some new tires.

Black Eye Susan Flower

PinK eyed Susan