Secret Garden – Part 2

With a break from flowers with some architectural stuff I feel I can attempt some more flowers! So I return to my secret garden or the US National Botanical Gardens. Considering I was stuck behind a Chinese tour group with photo permits for tripods I guess its not that secret. I have encountered Chinese tour groups before in Thailand and they are serious about their gear. I was genuinely impressed by the tripod permits they had. They are not that easy to get and they take planning.

I’m not sure how I feel about this batch. This is where I started to have some flash issues and I was fighting with the flash and camera to get the look I was going for. One of the problem was the LCD was showing me some funky colors but when I loaded them in Lightroom things looked normal. Even still you can tell I used flash. I am far from a flash guru. I’m not afraid of flash I just don’t use it often enough.

Usual round of editing in Lightroom and Photoshop. I will say that in all my years of shooting flowers this is the best detailed batch I have ever gotten. It has held up to the sharpening color correction well. So there is something to using flash. Maybe one day I’ll get ambition and do focus stacking.

Enjoy.

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Venture Forth The Flowers

When I was in Florida I didn’t shoot many flower shots. The wind was usually blowing which makes shooting them extremely difficult. I was also focused on landscapes as well and not doing much macro work. These two shots are about the best I got but I like them.

Enjoy.

Flowers

Flowers

Small Things

No real idea why I titled it this way but I did. Still having home renovations done and don’t feel like embarking on a series. So enjoy the small things.

Small Things

Small Things

Last of the Flower Bits

This is it for the backlog of flowers. Plus I can’t handle them anymore. Hope you enjoyed the floral run. It’s time to move on to a new project.

Enjoy.

Last of the Flower Bits

Last of the Flower Bits

Last of the Flower Bits

Last of the Flower Bits

Last of the Flower Bits

More Flower Bits

Still clearing out backlog. I think tomorrow will be the end run on the flowers. I’m kinda tired of editing them. So enjoy the remnants of flowers.

More Flower Bits

More Flower Bits

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More Flower Bits

More Flower Bits

More Flower Bits

Dark Leaf

If you are a lover of all things nature in color look away now. I have enough in my archives to make you happy. If you love abstract photography mixed with moody black and white stuff then scroll down.

I would say that it was Metallica’s Ride The Lighting that I was listening to when I edited these images that made them dark and moody but I had every intention of editing these in black and white when I shot them. The simple leaf left alone isn’t that exciting. It’s green. We all know that. Turn the image into black and white and play with the lights and shadows and you get something more. There is another side of a leaf that you just don’t see until you remove the color. It becomes something more and less mundane. Least that is the effect I was shooting for.

Hope you enjoy.

Dark Leaf

Dark Leaf

Dark Leaf

Dark Leaf

Dark Leaf

Dark Leaf

Dark Leaf

 

Anthurium Andraeanum

The Anthurium Andraeanum or also known as the Flamingo Lily. For those of you in doubt I linked to it. I didn’t want to title the post weeds with turgid bit (yes I’m emotionally thirteen with a large vocabulary). Thats about all I know about these things.

I could pontificate some more but you come here to look at the images.

Enjoy

Anthurium Andraeanum

Anthurium Andraeanum

Anthurium Andraeanum

Anthurium Andraeanum

Anthurium Andraeanum

Anthurium Andraeanum

Anthurium Andraeanum

 

A Single Rose

I’m guessing this is a rose. My own botanical classification calls it a pink weed. Some may take umbrage at that but I go with what I know.

This is actually 4 rose pictures combined to make one super rose picture. Think of it as the Voltron of rose pictures or something. Plus, I’m feeling lazy and not really in the mood to edit another 6 or 7 flower pictures so 4 into 1 makes it seem like I did something productive when it took me all of 5 minutes to do this. Gotta love Photoshop Actions!

Enjoy!

A Single Rose