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.


It seems I have so many yellow flowers right now.  (Sorry, Ron!)  So here is another iris that is a new one this year.  This was processed in Photoshop Elements with Topaz Simplify buz sim adjusted.

Camera settings: F/4, 1/1000 sec., ISO 100, focal length 27 mm.  No flash.


Four yellow Dutch iris.  Processed in Photoshop Elements with color sketch from OnOne Photo Essentials 3 and a 35% sketch filter on Overlay.

Camera settings: F/5.6, 1/320 sec., ISO 400, focal length 55 mm.  No flash.


Another of my new irises.  I had to take this shot at an angle as the recent rains had knocked it down.  Photo taken in early evening with overcast skies.  Processed in Elements 6 with High Pass and dodged and burned.

Camera settings: F/ 5.6, 1/800 sec., ISO 800, focal length 55 mm.  No flash.

Orange Iris

A new iris that I ordered last fall.  I photographed it about 6:30 pm to get evening light which works so well on warm colors.  Processed with two layers of texture.  Did some partial erasing on the texturing.  Dodged and burned.

Camera settings: F/8, 1/160 sec., ISO 200, focal length 74 mm.  No flash.