Allium

Allium

Coming home after a post-dinner walk, I noticed the way the light was catching the allium in our garden. So I grabbed my camera and took a few shots.

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No planning, no setup, just grab, point, click. Sometimes I need to trust my instinct and not over-think things.

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)

Echinacea (macro)

Echinacea (macro)

There’s something surreal about close-up images.

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I’m fascinated by the tiny details that are revealed – like the yellow pollen on the stamens (if that’s the correct term), and the web between two spikes.

I use extension tunes to get this close. They’re relatively inexpensive, but quite effective.

 

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Hydrangea #2

Hydrangea #2

So I was wondering how I could improve on the simple, elegant beauty of this hydrangea.

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I converted it to black and white. I quite liked that. Then I thought I’d try using a layer mask to bring through the green and pink of the florets in the centre of the flower. Immediately it seemed to emphasise the larger white elements of this complex plant.

 

I guess that’s one of the joys of digital photography – try it and see.

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)