Riverbed poppies #2 

Riverbed poppies #2

The second treatment of this photo is an old favourite of mine.

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It’s the “convert to B&W, then pop out a colour” approach. This takes more time, and precision than the de-saturated technique, but I think it provides a more pleasing image.

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Riverbed poppies #1

Riverbed poppies #1

This weekend I’m showing two alternative treatments of the same image. 

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For this version, I’ve de-saturated all of the colours except red. This is very easy to do…

But, while it brings the poppies to the fore, I find the other ‘remnants of red’ a bit distracting.

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HDR sunflowers #2

HDR sunflowers #2

I was wondering if I could do anything to improve the image that Google produced from my shots (see yesterday’s entry). I came up with this:

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Simply, I de-saturated the blue and cyan to turn the sky grey. This seems to put more emphasis on the flowers, which I prefer. Of course, I’m a bit biased – so let me know what you think. Which version do you like most?

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HDR sunflowers #1

HDR sunflowers #1

Earlier this week I mentioned that I’ve struggled to get decent photos of these sunflowers.  My efforts to capture their size and height have not succeeded.

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In fact, I deleted all of the files from this particular shoot.

But, I had uploaded them to my computer to view them. And, as a result, Google Photos automatically uploaded them and then produced this HDR version for me. I quite like it, but it’s a complete accident. Maybe, I wasn’t patient enough with my original shots, or lacked the imagination to process them as HDR.

Anyway, I’m happy with what Google has done with them!

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Sunflower 1

Sunflower 1

We’ve grown sunflowers in our garden this year… and I’ve really struggled to get any decent photos of them. I’ve concluded that the best bet is to fill the frame with the flower. Of course, I’m open to other suggestions.

This variety is called ‘Italian White’.

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To keep the eye focussed on the flower, I’ve de-saturated the background to this photo.

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Japanese anemone

Japanese anemone

As the gardening year (or at least, the flowering year) draws to a close here, I’m going to post a few flower photos. This one was taken in Alnwick Garden a few weeks ago.

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There’s nothing special about the processing – the flower speaks for itself.

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