Apple Blossom Macro


More fruit blossoms!  This is an apple blossom from our Fuji apple tree.  I shot this with my 100mm lens and it was hand held.  Settings were: f/5, 1/1000 sec., ISO 100.  Just adjusted levels and added a round of Topaz Detail.  Hope you are having a great weekend!


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.

Dark Rose

I took more rose photos today.  It rained last night and the roses were nice and fresh!  This one was taken with my zoom lens and cropped tight.  First, I used a high pass filter to sharpen.  Then, I used the Topaz plug-in, Adjust.  This setting is called Dark and I adjusted it to lighten it slightly.  It made it kind of dark and moody.  Hope you are having a nice weekend, everyone!  Processed in Photoshop Elements 6.

Camera settings: Canon Rebel EOS T1i, F/5.6, 1/320 sec., ISO 200,  focal length 250 mm.  No flash.

Pink Clown

I loved this shot but it was so busy with background clutter.  I used Topaz ReMask to separate the clown from the background and then lowered the opacity of the background.  I added a pink gradient and a light floral texture to complete the photo.  Processed in Photoshop Elements 6, the photo was treated with Topaz Simplify cartoon adjusted.  I added a fine line to the cartoon and increased the saturation.  Hope you like it!!

Camera settings: Fujifilm FinePix S700, F/5, 1/240 sec., ISO 64, focal length 6.3 mm.  No flash.