You all know that my favourite subjects to photograph tend to be flowers and things I find out of doors. And that’s what this week is all about.
I took those pictures and plugged them into Photoshop. With almost all of them I toyed with the contrast and brightness balance. I think I ended up with some truly beautiful pictures, and one strange one. First though…
We were driving from The Boyfriend’s house to mine, heading south-east. Glancing in the side view mirror, I noticed the sunset reflected on the car like it had been painted there. I was too slow in getting the camera out in order to take a picture, however. One sweeping curve in the road and the imagery was gone. Silly me. However, it was still in the sky and I had a fantastic view. So I picked up my phone and took the picture running… er… riding. This is a picture taken doing 100 (or so) km per hour. All I did here was crop the image a little and do an auto-contrast on it. Then I left it alone.
As for the rest: flowers, all of them. Like I said, I think they came out beautifully. With all of them, except the first one which is left with a simple auto-contrast to show you the original image, the contrast has been changed. Drastically in some cases.
First up we have a Dalmatian Rose. I found it at a big box hardware store named Rona while I was shopping for barbeques. My camera was set on -0.5 exposure and the daylight setting, 800 ISO. It happens to be the only picture I remember the settings for. *laughs*
This next one is the high contrast version. I think it’s pretty but a little surreal and harsh at the same time. It’s a strange little flower. It can’t help but look the way it does.
Next we have the Dinnerplate Hibiscus. It’s a beautiful and so called because its bloom is the size of a dinner plate. The blooms only last a day or two but the plant is prolific at producing them. The red is striking all on its own and really, even though I upped the contrast to some +25-30 and dimmed the brightness slightly, it’s hard to tell I did anything at all.
I have two more lilies for you, since goldi’s garden is full of a wide variety. The first is a Pink Oriental Lily. I removed the colour and upped the contrast while pulling the brightness down a little. To me it’s beautiful and fascinating. It’s almost film noir. A little more tweaking and it could be the poster for a creepy psychological thriller about murder on the Oriental Express. Who says lotus flowers and the Chinese zodiac have to be the only symbols of the Orient? 😉
The last picture is of a White Asiatic Lily. It is breathtaking the way it came out. Again, I toyed with the brightness/contrast until I was happy with it. It’s a gorgeous flower to begin with but this treatment of it stepped it up a notch. The Boyfriend suggested it could be the base of a book cover. Not one of mine, at least not at this point, but I think he’s right.
I am out of here, boys and girls. I have much more work to do, including writing another blog for you all, (which will be posted tomorrow). I have news to share!
I think next week I’m going to try for a different subject. Not sure yet what though.
Have a great day.