Isolated peony

Isolated peony

This week I’m going to post some ‘alternative’ treatments of flowers (and leaves).

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I’ve noticed some photographers using this approach for flower photos. So, I’ve given it a whirl with this peony.

I don’t think I’ll repeat this isolated approach. For me, the lack of context detracts from the image.

Or, maybe I’m doing it wrong?

(See my Flickr site for similar images – if you’re interested.)


Abstract blossom #2

Abstract blossom #2

While I was attracted to this bundle of petals (as I described yesterday), it’s one of the rare occasions when I could see the post-processed image before I took the shot.

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Instinctively, I thought that it would work in monochrome, with some petals picked out through a layer mask.

I like it, I’d love to know what you think.

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

Urania reflections – variation #2

Urania reflections – variation #2

Having converted this image to black and white, I felt that it had something to offer.

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So, given my limited Photoshop skills, I added a layer mask to bring the colour through on the reflection only. I really like this version. Then, I confused myself by reversing the idea.

Now I don’t know which version I prefer. Any thoughts?

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

Urania reflections – variation #1

Urania reflections – variation #1

I’ve decided to use an image that I posted earlier this week for my weekend ‘processing variations’.

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This is a simple conversion to black and white. While the reflection is still evident, I find the image is a bit flat and lifeless. But I had a feeling that there was something to be extracted from the monochrome treatment. So I gave it another go… which you’ll see tomorrow.


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

Southbank in motion

Southbank in motion

Continuing the theme of motion blur that emerged on our recent visit to London…

This one is taken on the Southbank at approximately 8 p.m. There were plenty of people around to create movement and energy. I used a five second exposure, so I’m grateful to the people to the right of the image for sitting still!

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I seem to be going through a monochrome phase in my post processing preferences. If you want to see the colour or the simple black and white versions, check out my Flickr page.


Borough High Street reflections #1

Sometimes my eye catches something, and I know that I want to capture it. The first thing that grabbed my attention in this image was the reflection of Southwark cathedral.

But I felt that there was more to the shot than that. As I stood considering what was missing, I became aware of the bus approaching. Beyond a vague notion of the ‘rule of thirds’, I wasn’t sure what to do with it. As luck would have it, the bus stopped in the bottom right of my viewfinder! Ideally, I’d have liked it a few feet further back – to get more red in shot and to cover the letters ‘ST’. But i like what I got anyway.

Vienna’s museum quarter #2

Vienna’s museum quarter #2

This version of yesterday’s image uses the relatively simple technique of de-saturating specific colours to create an almost monochrome effect. If you’ve followed any of my work, you’ll know that this is one of my favourite approaches. In this case, I’m not entirely convinced that it improves the image. What do you think?

Spring in Perth #1

Spring in Perth #1

For me, there is something joyous about crocuses. Maybe it’s because they bring the first vibrant colour to the spring garden. Maybe it’s the way that they open themselves to whatever, limited sun we get at this time of year.

Here in Perth, there is always a wonderful display of crocuses at the South Inch. Thousands of them line the edge of the park – greeting you as you enter and luring passers-by.

So, I went there to take some photos. And I was disappointed with the results. My intention was to capture the whole scene, rather than zooming in to individual flowers (resisting the macro temptation).

This is the best of a bad lot. This shot is not too impressive and I almost discarded it. But then I thought, ‘What if I give it a different treatment in processing?’ Well, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see that image.

I’ve added some other shots… to bring some joy into your day.