Sandy P Photos: Blog http://www.sandyp.com/blog en-us (C) Sandy P Photos sandy@sandyp.com (Sandy P Photos) Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:05:00 GMT Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:05:00 GMT http://www.sandyp.com/img/s7/v168/u749110900-o9781907-50.jpg Sandy P Photos: Blog http://www.sandyp.com/blog 90 120 Yellow Chrysanthemum for New Year http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/1/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.

Yellow MumYellow Mum

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sandy@sandyp.com (Sandy P Photos) SonyA7RII Sonyalpha chrysanthemum flower macro mum yellow http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/1/yellow-chrysanthemum-for-new-year Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:01:09 GMT
Pink Transvaal Daisy http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/1/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.

Pink Transvaal DaisyPink Transvaal Daisy

 

 

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sandy@sandyp.com (Sandy P Photos) Gerbera Pink SonyA7RII Sonyalpha Transvaal daisy close-up daisy flower macro http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2017/1/pink-transvaal-daisy Sun, 08 Jan 2017 02:26:30 GMT
Pink Gerbera Daisy http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/12/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.

Pink Gerbera Daisy IIPink Gerbera Daisy II

Pink Gerbera DaisyPink Gerbera Daisy

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sandy@sandyp.com (Sandy P Photos) Gerbera SonyA7RII Sonyalpha Topaz Glow Topaz Software artistic daisy flower macro pink http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/12/pink-gerbera-daisy Sun, 18 Dec 2016 20:51:52 GMT
Pink Victory Rose http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/11/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.

Pink Victory RosePink Victory Rose

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sandy@sandyp.com (Sandy P Photos) SonyA7RII Sonyalpha Topaz software Victory Rose flower macro pastel pink rose rose http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/11/pink-victory-rose Thu, 17 Nov 2016 01:57:07 GMT
Chrysanthemum for Fall http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/10/chrysanthemum-for-fall Chrysanthemums always remind me of Fall.  I found an orange and yellow bunch of mums yesterday at Trader Joe's, and couldn't resist adding them next to my front door as a reminder of the season.

Orange and Yellow MumOrange and Yellow Mum

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sandy@sandyp.com (Sandy P Photos) Fall SonyA7RII Sonyalpha Topaz Glow chrysanthemum flower macro mum http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/10/chrysanthemum-for-fall Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:03:41 GMT
Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan) http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/10/rudbeckia-black-eyed-susan I'm always trying to find flowers that I haven't photographed before, so I bought a potted Rudbeckia yesterday.  It is commonly known as a Black-eyed Susan and is the Maryland state flower.  Anyway, I love the gold petals and the dark center. If you click on the image or "Read the Full Post", you can see a closer photo of the seed head.

Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan)Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan)

Rudbeckia Central DiscRudbeckia Central DiscRudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan)

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sandy@sandyp.com (Sandy P Photos) SonyA7RII Sonyalpha Topaz software black-eyed susan flower macro nature rudbeckia http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/10/rudbeckia-black-eyed-susan Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:36:00 GMT
Pink Chrysanthemum http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/10/pink-chrysanthemum I purchased a bunch of chrysanthemums recently and this is an example taken with my macro lens and stacked with 14 images in Helicon Focus.  I also used Topaz Impression at a low opacity.

Pink ChrysanthemumPink Chrysanthemum

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sandy@sandyp.com (Sandy P Photos) Helicon Focus SonyA7RII Sonyalpha Topaz Impression artistic chrysanthemum flower macro mum pink mum http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/10/pink-chrysanthemum Sun, 02 Oct 2016 19:25:10 GMT
Orange Fire Lily http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/9/orange-fire-lily I took a photo of a Fire Lily on a white background with no post processing, except for focus stacking.  It was a stacked with 26 images in Helicon Focus. I then decided to add a gradient background.  Although I like both, I think I like the gradient best. Here is the photo with the gradient, and if you click on it, you'll see both images.

Fire Lily with GradientFire Lily with Gradient

Orange Fire LilyOrange Fire Lily

 

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sandy@sandyp.com (Sandy P Photos) Helicon Focus SonyA7RII Sonyalpha fire lily lily macro orange lily http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/9/orange-fire-lily Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:41:12 GMT
The Beautiful Dahlia http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/9/the-beautiful-dahlia I love Dahlias!  They are so beautiful with their great diversity of blooms. Also, it's hard to take a bad photograph of a Dahlia. This one was processed with a minimal amount of Topaz Glow. I also used Helicon Focus to combine 42 images into one so that I could get as sharp an image as possible.

DahliaDahlia

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sandy@sandyp.com (Sandy P Photos) Dahlia Focus Glow Helicon SonyA7RII SonyA7Rii Sonyalpha Topaz dahlia flower macro http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/9/the-beautiful-dahlia Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:06:30 GMT
Orange Rose http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/8/orange-rose I bought this rose at Trader Joe's in a bouquet of eight yesterday.  They had so many different colors and all for $3.99.  I also got a pink one.  It's hard to pick with so many to choose from. I took this photo with my SonyA7RII and processed it with a minimal amount of Topaz Impression to give it some texture, although very faint.  I like my flowers to look somewhat realistic and not over-processed.

"High Sheriff" Rose"High Sheriff" Rose

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sandy@sandyp.com (Sandy P Photos) SonyA7RII Sonyalpha Topaz Impression flower macro orange rose rose http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/8/orange-rose Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:12:24 GMT
Pink Daisy http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/8/pink-daisy I'm trying the "painterly effect" with this pink daisy with the petals in softer focus. I used Topaz Impression to give it an ethereal or delicate look.

Pale Pink DaisyPale Pink Daisy

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sandy@sandyp.com (Sandy P Photos) Gerbera SonyA7RII Sonyalpha Topaz Impression artistic daisy macro painterly pink daisy http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/8/pink-daisy Tue, 16 Aug 2016 22:36:28 GMT
Pink and White Mum http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/8/pink-and-white-mum I think this mum is one of the prettiest ones that I've found. I post processed it using a minimal amount of the Topaz Impression software.

Pink and White MumPink and White MumPink and White Mum

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sandy@sandyp.com (Sandy P Photos) Helicon Focus Pink and white mum SonyA7RII Sonyalpha Topaz Impression chrysanthemum flower macro http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/8/pink-and-white-mum Sun, 14 Aug 2016 00:30:37 GMT
Golden Sunflower http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/8/golden-sunflower I found some gorgeous Sunflowers yesterday that I couldn't resist.  This variety of sunflower is called "ProCut Gold Sunflower" due primarily to its deep  golden petals. I've posted a couple pictures, which you can see by clicking on the photo on the right or by clicking on "Read the Full Post".

SunflowerSunflower

Sunflower PetalsSunflower Petals

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sandy@sandyp.com (Sandy P Photos) Helicon Focus SonyA7RII Sonyalpha Sunflower Topaz Glow flower macro http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/8/golden-sunflower Tue, 09 Aug 2016 01:22:09 GMT
Multi-Colored Dahlia http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/8/multi-colored-dahlia I found another Dahlia at Trader Joe's yesterday.  I think that they are one of the most beautiful flowers because of their vibrant colors.  I used just a small amount of Topaz Glow in post processing.

Multi-Colored DahliaMulti-Colored Dahlia

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sandy@sandyp.com (Sandy P Photos) Dahlia Helicon Focus SonyA7RII Sonyalpha Topaz Glow flower macro http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/8/multi-colored-dahlia Sun, 07 Aug 2016 21:05:12 GMT
Gerbera Daisy Close-up http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/8/gerbera-daisy-close-up I always seem to gravitate towards Gerbera Daisies.  Here is another example. There are so many colors and variations in the petals.  Also, they are unusually large, which makes them easier to photograph up close.

Gerbera Daisy Close-upGerbera Daisy Close-up

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sandy@sandyp.com (Sandy P Photos) Gerbera Daisy SonyA7RII Sonyalpha Topaz Glow daisy flower macro http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/8/gerbera-daisy-close-up Tue, 02 Aug 2016 04:23:17 GMT
Hisbiscus http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/7/hisbiscus I just posted two images of the Hisbiscus.  One with a texture and another one with texture plus a vignette.  After watching Kathleen Clemons yesterday on CreativeLive, I decided to add the vignette with Nik Software. Click on the image on the right to see both photos or by clicking "Read the Full Post".  If you have time, let me know your preference.

Hibiscus with VignetteHibiscus with Vignette

HibiscusHibiscus

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sandy@sandyp.com (Sandy P Photos) Hibiscus SonyA7RII Sonyalpha Topaz Glow flower macro plant http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/7/hisbiscus Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:59:39 GMT
Pink Tulip With Texture http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/6/tulip-with-texture I'm experimenting again with texture.  I had this tulip originally with a white background, and I decided to add some texture.  The texture is mine, but the French script is from FrenchKiss textures. If you click on the photo, you can see the full image.

Pink Tulip With TexturePink Tulip With Texture

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sandy@sandyp.com (Sandy P Photos) FrenchKiss Textures SonyA7RII Sonyalpha macro texture tulip http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/6/tulip-with-texture Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:24:16 GMT
Fire Lily With Texture http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/6/fire-lily-with-texture I'm experimenting with adding texture to my images again.  It's more difficult for me than I had thought it would be.  Here is an example.  I used the Saffron Fields texture from FrenchKiss Textures. 

Fire Lily with TextureFire Lily with Texture

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sandy@sandyp.com (Sandy P Photos) Fire Lily Saffron Fields from FrenchKiss Textures. SonyA7RII Sonyalpha Topaz software flower lily macro texture http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/6/fire-lily-with-texture Sat, 25 Jun 2016 16:00:19 GMT
Phalaenopsis Orchid Cascade http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/6/phalaenopsis-orchid-cascade This is one of my orchids. I actually grew it!  The last few buds have yet to open, but I wanted to photograph it before the first one dropped off. To see the full cascade, click on the picture or "Read the Full Post".

Phalaenopsis Orchid CascadePhalaenopsis Orchid Cascade

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sandy@sandyp.com (Sandy P Photos) Phalaenopsis Orchid Cascade SonyA7RII Sonyalpha Topaz Impression flower macro orchid http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/6/phalaenopsis-orchid-cascade Tue, 21 Jun 2016 22:54:17 GMT
I Love Daisies http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/6/i-love-daisies Daisies are one of my favorite flowers due to their various colors and sizes.  I found this one yesterday. I used the Topaz Glow in post processing at a very low opacity to give it a bit more texture.

Pink Gerbera DaisyPink Gerbera Daisy

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sandy@sandyp.com (Sandy P Photos) Gerbera Daisy SonyA7RII Sonyalpha Topaz Glow daisy macro http://www.sandyp.com/blog/2016/6/i-love-daisies Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:07:29 GMT