I took a quick little walk around my neighborhood today and found some lovely Kansas Blooms. Everything is starting to change into lovely shades of Pink, Purple and green. Energized! I shot these with my Lensbaby Composer and the Edge80 optic. The edits were simply a quick white balance check, contrast and some enhancements with MCP Inspire actions. I love how subtle and customisable these actions can be. Just a quick post today as I am heading out for a meet up with my Kansas City Shoot and Share group this evening. I hope to share some photos and stories with you tomorrow 🙂
I was utterly bored today and decied to take some photos of spoons. Shot with my D800 and Lensbaby, I crumbled up some dried flowers and went to work. These were edited with VSCO Porta 800+, MCP Inspire Actions and then topped off with some textures from 2 Lil’ Owls Studio. I think I am going to do more of these studies since it’s too damn cold to go outside. I can’t wait for Spring!
I spotted these dried roses on my work table and was smitten by the colors so of course I had to take some photos. I ran the Simple Cream, GeorgiaPeach and Silk Blend actions from MCP along with some of her Mood Ring overlays that were also included in this set. Love the subtle matte tones these actions can create. I then added some linen textures from 2 Lil’ Owls Studio to gove the images a vintage feel. It’s always a good day when I have time to play in my studio. Click on the images to see them in my shop!
I wanted to experiment with different planes of focus in today’s images. Usually I focus on the foreground to get that lovely shallow depth of field as in this first image. I was working with shifting the focus to the middle of the plane as you can see in the second image. The red flower is in focus and the foreground is not. I like how your eye shifts through the plane to find the focus. It’s a technique I am going to play around with to see what results I can achieve. Don’t forget about my BOGO sale running through the end of the month.
We are in full Summer and everything is bleached out. Shot with the Lensbaby Composer, I wanted to process these to reflect the way it feels outside so I used the Whipped Cream action from the fabulous Nelly Nero. This action gives a bleached out look to photos and adds a slight green tint as well. She offers these actions absolutely free. I LOVE free! Back tomorrow with some more Lensbaby images.
I have been hunkered down in my house for two days not really wanting to take photos and really not feeling very creative. Yesterday I began a new collage and while working on that the idea to make some diptych‘s of my Winter photos popped into my head. I have made many diptych’s in the past and enjoy combining images to make a new concept. So I searched through my flickr page to find images to combine. The starkness of these to images worked well and the yellow tones combined with the blue tints in the trees are nice together. Even though both photos had already been processed I wondered, now that they are combined together what running another Photoshop action would do. Mostly I wanted to play around with the new actions, Luxe II, that I bought from the Florabella Collection. The effect was quite subtle but I like it. I made four of these and you can see the rest on my flickr page or in my shop.
I took this photo yesterday during the snowstorm. These red leaves really stood out against the stark white blanket of snow. When I looked at the preview on my camera and this image didn’t really look that exciting. However, after tweaking it in Photoshop it has a certain depth and movement. Currently I am trying to decide upon five images for the QuintEssential Art Show on Final Fridays. I will share more information as the date nears.
I have been neglecting my blog. I hit a wall and really had nothing to say. I have set up a Posterous blog that I simply post images, with or without text, and then it post to all of my social sites. That’s it! Easy peasy. I am still going to post here a few days a week, when I have something to say, but not daily. I will be posting daily images on my Posterous blog and flickr if you want to take a look.
I was surfing the net last night and came across and article on how to make a Reverse Macro lens with a 50mm lens. I could have bought a reversal ring for around $10 but where is the fun in that? I decided I would try it. After all I had some spare parts lying around and I am nothing but frugal. The making of the ring was the easy part. Figuring out how to get the best light for the shot was a bit more challenging. I still have some experimenting to do, however, after about 45 bad shots I started to get some really interesting images. If you are interested in this project, I made a tutorial on my exploits. As always you can view more images on my Flickr page. Also, the awesome developers at WordPress have implemented a ‘Like’ button at the bottom of this post. If you don’t want to comment just click a quick like instead 🙂