Flower Photography – Just Go With It!

One can’t control the change in weather, but one can control the shoot! The day this photograph was taken started out sunny, warm with no breeze. Quickly it turned incredibly windy. I was all set to pack it in when I decided to just go with it! Knowing that the odds were very slim of capturing a completely sharp image, or any decent image for that matter. I set the shutter speed to 1/320 sec. to compensate for the flower’s movement by the wind. Then I watched the flower petals rise and sway, picked a focal point, and had some fun!

Flower Photography – Editing in Topaz Studio 2

Recently my photography focus has been on shooting flowers and creatively altering them. I discovered a very fun program called Topaz Studio 2. Thought I would share. It allows you to use a variety of tools to artistically create with presets, filters, and textures. Here are a couple of samples of the first two images I edited in the program. It also works as a plugin for Luminar, Photoshop, and Photoshop Elements.

Photography – Garden Fountain – Lensbaby

Bubbles-sWe have this fountain that lights up on our patio. So last night around dusk I decided to try my Sol 45 Lensbaby lens on my Sony a6000. So far I have only used it for flower photography. The lens faired pretty well under the light conditions and was able to capture the bubbles while keeping the water streams smooth.

Photography – Impressionism – Abstract

Floral Mushroom-sf/5.6; 1/100 sec; ISO-800; 60mm

The Chicago Botanic Gardens offered an abstract photography class so I decided to enroll. Discovered that the best take away from this class was it pushed me to think outside the “box”. The above photo is a flower placed on a tree trunk mushroom ledge. With a little camera movement when the shot was taken, this was the result.

Photo Editing – Adding Texture with Oil Paint Filter

processed photoProcessed Photo – no filter

Many times when I am finished processing a photo, to make it pop I add a little bit of texture. In my opinion, the best way for me to do this is to use the Oil Paint filter in Photoshop. It can be found in the menu bar under Filter; Stylize. After texture has been added the settings can be changed in the side menu bar to Screen or Soft light, etc. along with the Opacity to achieve the desired effect. Shown below. Very fun to experiment with! If you are looking to add texture to just a part of the photo a mask can be added to the oil paint layer to brush out the effect in different parts of the photo.

oil paint

soft Light

finished photo