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.
f/32; 1/15 sec.; ISO-100; 42mm
This photo was taken in San Francisco down by the pier. The reflections in the water were perfect that day to try some camera movement shots.
f/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.
“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” Maya Angelou.
“A flower blossoms for its own joy.” Oscar Wilde
Sony 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.