Pink Tulip

I love this pastel pink tulip that has surprised me by returning this spring!  Processed in Photoshop Elements 6.  I used the lasso tool to choose just the blossom and ran a pale pink gradient on it to punch it up ever so slightly.   Then I ran a layer of Topaz Simplify cartoon (custom setting) and layered it on top with a Screen blending mode at 35% Opacity.   Some slight burning was done and the outline added.  Have a great day!

Camera settings: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, F/8, 1/400 sec., ISO 100, focal length 100 mm.  No flash.

Bottle Bush

Shooting in late afternoon light (about 4:00 pm), I captured this bottle bush blossom for today’s photo.   Processed in Photoshop Elements 6 with levels adjustment, desaturated and several kinds of brushes added.   Just a touch of whimsy for the day after Thanksgiving!  Hope you all had a great day.

Camera settings: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, F/4.5, 1/50 sec., ISO 100, focal length 37 mm.  No flash.

Dusk – Light

Taken again about 8:00 pm.  This is a pink butterfly bush blossom.  On this photo I did a little something different in post processing.  This was processed in Photoshop Elements by adjusting levels, applying Topaz Simplify Harsh Painting adjusted and applied as Overlay over original.  I then burned the result.  I love evening light.

Camera settings: Canon T1i, F/6.3, 1/50 sec., ISO 400, focal length 53 mm.  No flash.

Pomegranate Blossom

Our little pomegranate tree has lots of blossoms this year.  They are so bright and cheery!  This was processed in Photoshop Elements by adjusting levels, burning and using a high pass filter.Camera settings: Canon T1i, F/5.6, 1/100 sec., ISO 400, focal length 250 mm.  No flash.

Hibiscus

First hibiscus blossom of the year!  Found it hiding amongst the lemon balm.  Processing in Photoshop Elements by adjusting levels, burning, and adding a 50% opacity layer of Topaz cartoon adjusted.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by Tammy’s Blogger of the Month article on the Virtual Photowalk 2010 home page.  I really appreciate all of you!!

Camera settings: Canon T1i, F/5, 1/30 sec., ISO 200, focal length 41 mm.  No flash.

Complex

Nothing can be as complex or simple as nature.  Here is the center of an amaryllis blossom.  Complex in structure but simple in design.  Processed in Photoshop Elements by sharpening, adjusting levels and using a High Pass filter.  Finally, I ran it through Topaz DeNoise.    Have a great weekend everyone!

Camera settings: Fujifilm S700, F/3.5, 1/70 sec., ISO 200, focal length 6.3 mm.   No flash.