Tiny Dancers

Milkweed seeds pirouette on the breath of a chilly Autumn day….

Milkweed Seeds, E53, Crop, Sat-53T+25; Watermark       Afternoon Yard Walk, Sept 27 087 (3)

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Leaf Lace

This got tracked into the house on someone’s shoe and I nearly tossed it back outside. Until I took a closer look. And, well…one thing led to another, as it customarily does with me. Stunning example of nature’s artistry. I am always fascinated by what remains once the glorious color fades.

R FAcing, Invertm Watermark       Leaf Lace AUG 11 2014 001

I used an inversion technique for this image. Thanks for looking!

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Every photographer is drawn to certain types of subjects. Flowers is a broad category, and I find them endlessly fascinating–the variety and the shape of the petals, the colors. Equally fascinating is what remains when the flowers are finished blooming; there is a poignancy to spent blooms that has me returning to capture their unique beauty, time after time.

Untitled, Watermark      Before the Storm June 3 2014 014

Thanks for stopping by–and if the images moves you, leave me some love. 🙂

Peony II, Salvaging A Shot

It happens to every photographer–a shot that is almost perfect, except….

I’m a perfectionist, and I can get hung up on those exceptions. When I started taking photos there were a lot of images that I deemed unusable. Along the way, I picked up some useful tricks, and now, if I don’t like an image, it’s usually because the composition is off. Another thing I can get hung up on. The two photos in this post are an example of what I’m talking about.

The first one is almost perfect, except (there’s that word again!)…

Do you see it? Right in the foreground, there’s a leaf that’s blurry. Grrrr!! I like the rest of the shot but…what can I do about that leaf? What has been seen can’t be unseen; when I look at this shot, my eyes go straight to that leaf.

In the second shot, I applied a focal softening filter, then repeated it. It makes more of the background blurry so I don’t immediately see the flaw. It’s still there….I just camouflaged it, ending up with a shot I like, 100%.

Moral of the story: don’t be so quick to discard those less-than-ideal images; as you grow more comfortable with and confident in your editing skills, you’ll find yourself returning to them again, seeing them with new eyes.

L Facing Back View, E31, Crop; SatAdj X2     Post Rain II  June 2 2014 021

L Facing Back View, E37, Crop; SatAdj X2; FS X2+Ort, Watermark        Post Rain II  June 2 2014 021