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.

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soft Light

finished photo

Flower Photography – backgrounds

sunflower sun-wpSony A6000; Canon Macro 60mm; 10mm extension tube; f/2.8; 1/100 sec; ISO 125

Always trying new things…I discovered creating backgrounds can be very easy with a little thought put behind it and an element of surprise! To create this shot, I picked a large marigold and placed it in my homemade clip holder. I positioned it so that the sunflower that was in the background was just off to the right.  Initially my thought was to pick up a splash of yellow from the sunflower to compliment the marigold. But to my surprise, the extension tube on the macro lens created enough blur that it added an artistic illusion of the sun.

Simple set up shown below.

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