Nature’s Secrets

While out taking photos of my daffodils, I noticed some new buds on my rose bush.  I found this composition kind of interesting because of the spider web and the tiny bird feathers caught in it.  It seemed to lend itself to a b/w treatment.  Back lighting helped me out once again.  Processed in Photoshop Elements 6 with adjusted levels and burning and dodging.

Camera settings: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, F/9, 1/60 sec., ISO 100, focal length 250 mm.  No flash.

Graphic Cat

I took a photo of Cody and pushed it to get this graphic result.  In Photoshop Elements 6, I used a sketch filter and tweaked the settings to get the exposure that I liked.  I burned out distracting background lighting.  The eyes were done on several layers.  The blue was applied, then the layer multiplied, lowered opacity and a hint of erasure.  I made a whisker brush and added a couple of whiskers to the left side.   Hope you like it!

Camera settings: Canon Rebel EOS T1i, F/5.6, 1/60 sec., ISO 400, focal length 55 mm.  Flash fired.

Sara’s Hands

My daughter’s hands.  Processed in Photoshop Elements by changing to b/w, using high pass filter and burning.  I used the new macro lens.  With 100 mm you don’t have to get so close as with a regular 50 mm and it’s kind of nice to have that extra room to work in.  This was a hand held shot and I adjusted white balance for the living room overhead light.

Camera settings: Canon T1i, F/3.5, 1/20 sec., ISO 3200, focal length 100 mm.  No flash.