Blog en-us (C) ( Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:31:00 GMT Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:31:00 GMT Blog 90 120 Falcon This is another bird that I saw at the Snow Goose Festival in Chico, CA. I assume it is a brown Falcon. Since there were so many people at this exhibit, I used a texture for the background to block them out. 


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Northern Pintail Duck This past weekend, I went to the Snow Goose Festival in Chico, CA. While I was there, I took photos of many different ducks, including the Northern Pintail Duck shown in this photo.

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Dahlias I finally found some dahlias at a nursery. I don't know why, but I am having a difficult time finding them in my area. This is a photo of a dahlia with a  gradient background. If you click on the image, you'll see one with a textured background. I couldn't decide which background I preferred. I also tried a plain white background as well as another gradient background that you can see in my Flower Gallery.

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The Classic Rose I found this lovely rose yesterday and just had to share a photo. I photographed it twice, and you can see both images by clicking on the image on the right.

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The Classical Iris I decided to photograph an Iris since I had never photographed one before. I tried different backgrounds from textured, pure white and gradient. I can't decide which one I like best. You can see al three by clicking on the photo on the right.

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Yellow Rose I took two photos of this rose.  One photo is more of a yellow or gold color and the other one is more of a orange color.  I couldn't decide which color I liked more. You can see both versions by clicking on the photo on the right. It is the same rose, processed differently.

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Dahlias with Background I tried adding a colorful background to this pair of Dahlias. I had originally photographed them with a white background on my led light pad. I liked it, but I thought that a colorful background would be nice for a change.


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Greeting Cards I've been making some photo greeting cards with my flower photos.  This is one example. The photos can be placed on the front of a card and personalized with a message to match the occasion.

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Dahlias I've been looking for some Dahlias all summer and finally found some yesterday at Home Depot. I took this photo against my led light pad and used just a slight amount of Topaz Impression.

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The Popular Daisy I took two photos of this daisy, but couldn't decide on which background I liked best, so I decided to post them both. I processed the photo using the blur filter in Photoshop on the background and just a very small amount of Topaz Impression. I added a texture to the photo on the right. If you want to see both photos, just click on the photo on the right.

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Red and Yellow Daisy I've been searching for some dahlias to photograph, but they seem to be scarce in my area, so I decided to use this daisy. I usually choose much larger daisies, but I thought that the coloring of this daisy was particularly striking.

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Another Gerbera Daisy Daisies are plentiful this time of year, and I love to photograph them.  It's difficult to take a bad image of a daisy, after all.  Anyway, I just added two photos of the same Gerbera Daisy to my flowers page because I just couldn't decide which one I liked best.  One example is on the right.  To see both images, just click on the daisy.

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The Gerbera Daisy The Gerbera Daisy has got to be the easiest flower to photograph. The large petals and the central disk florets differ in all the variations, but all are quite beautiful.  This is my latest Gerbera Daisy photo.

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The Osteospermum I found some osteospermum flowers on my walk yesterday.  I tried to photograph and process them a little differently from my usual process.  Here are two examples.  I'm not sure if I like them.  The first one has a gradient background, and the second one has a painterly background.  Click on the image to see both versions.


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White Ranunculus I have discovered the beauty of the Ranunculus flower.  I have previously added a red, yellow and a pink ranunculus to my collection. The latest addition is a white Ranunculus.  I'm hoping to get some more blooms from the plants I bought, so I can practice taking more photos.

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The Ranunculus Flower I found some Ranunculus plants at Home Depot, and since I had never photographed them before, I bought a few to experiment with.  This is a picture of a pink one.  I also photographed a red and yellow flower.  They almost look like roses when they are in full bloom.

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Yellow Chrysanthemum for New Year With an auspicious meaning for Chinese New Year, the Chrysanthemum symbolises perfection, optimism and joy. This is one of the photos that I took. It was focus stacked with 25 images in Helicon Focus and enhanced with Topaz Glow at a very low opacity.

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Pink Transvaal Daisy I haven't done much photography during the holiday season, but I was given some daisies as a gift and this is one of them.  I love daisies and the color pink so I am naturally drawn to them.  In addition, there doesn't seem to be too much variety of flowers to choose from during the winter months.

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Pink Gerbera Daisy I took two photos of this daisy and processed them differently.  I tried to leave one as natural as possible, but I wanted a more artistic look for the other version. Both were focused stacked with Helicon Focus.  I have the artistic version to the right of this post. If you click on it, you'll see version 2, which I think looks more natural.

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Pink Victory Rose I found this little rose plant at the grocery store.  The tag on it said it was a Victory Rose. I looked it up and found that the Victory rose is a hybrid tea rose that blooms continuously all summer with big, double, perfectly-formed blooms with a wonderful fragrance.

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