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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Flower Photography – Getting Creative

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              “Lily or a rose never pretends, and its beauty is that it is what it is.”                        Jiddu Krishnamurti

Can’t count the number of times I have taken photos of lilies, nor the number of times it was like any other photo out there. Soooo, today I decided to get creative and focus on parts of the lily that photographically are not that common. This is what I came up with. These photos were shot with a Sony A6000 using a Canon 60mm Macro Lens. f/2.8; 160 sec; 60mm.

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Flower Photography – Lensbaby

Clamatis-lensbabyLensbaby Sol 45 with 16mm extension tube  – Sony A6000 – f/6.3; ISO 250; 1/400 sec.

“Expectation is everything. Every day can be your day, if you expect it to be.”               Bob Moawad

Thought I would try taking some more photographs with the Lensbaby Sol 45. This time I added a 16mm extension tube. It seemed to work really well. It was a little windy today so I set the shutter speed to 1/400 of a second and was surprised at how sharp the focal point was given the wind.

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