Blue Iris Watercolor


The garden is filled with blooming irises.  I used a watercolor effect on this photo.  I watched a video on YouTube by TopazLabs.  I usually use a Topaz Simplify preset and then adjust to my liking on a painting effect.  This time I used only the sliders to gain the look I wanted.  You can watch the video at:  It is very short and easy to follow.  The important points were: stick to the simplify sliders, stay away from the details and feature boost sliders and adjust the edge strength.  I rather like the result and didn’t dodge or burn this photo.  Hope you like it!


Dutch Iris

Blue Dutch iris in my yard.  Processed in Photoshop Elements 6 with a high pass filter and burned.  Have a great Easter week everyone!!Camera settings: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, F/8, 1/100 sec., ISO 640, focal length 100 mm.  No flash.

Blue Leaf

Processed in Photoshop Elements with the Difference Blending Mode.  Adjusted for levels and sharpness.  Some cloning was done and finally framed.  I liked the way the grass added so much texture to the smoothness of the leaf.

Camera settings: Canon T1i, F/5.6, 1/60 sec., ISO 400, focal length 49 mm.  No flash.


My hobby tools on my kitchen table.  I adjusted levels, applied Mr. Contrast by Flaming Pear and burned.  Just accident that all were blue, but I actually paid attention! 🙂  We’ll have to have a discussion on dodging and burning sometime as it is one of my very favorite tools.  Hope you are all having a good week!

Camera settings: F/4, 1/60 sec., ISO 400, focal length 18 mm. Flash fired.

Narcissus In Blue

Took this one Sunday.  Thought it interesting that all three were at the same stage of bloom.  Processing consisted of one orig, orig. b/w, orig b/w sketch with lowered opacity and a dark blue Overlay.

Camera settings: F/8.0, 1/250 sec., ISO 1600, focal length 250 mm.

Here’s the untouched original: