Took me a while to get this one right.  I used my tripod and a remote shutter release to capture these cherry tomatoes.  Overhead kitchen light, window light and flash were all used in this photo.   Processed in Photoshop Elements, the photo was cropped and a high pass filter applied.

Camera settings: Canon T1i, F/5, 1/60 sec., ISO 400, focal length 39 mm.  Flash fired.


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.


Had a tough time with this one.  I used my light box but with only a strong overhead light and camera flash.  After about 40 tries, I got this one.  I used white Karo syrup to make the strawberry “juice” and added a little crushed  berry.  I wanted to add a little red food coloring to the syrup but couldn’t find mine.  AArrgh!.  Anyway, I just adjusted levels on the final and added an outline.

Camera settings: F/ 5.6, 1/60 sec., ISO 400, focal length 47 mm, flash fired.


Saw this old roadster in Cambria, CA.  Though I would love to drive it, too. . . I think it is pretty masculine!   I think of most things as pretty much gender neutral, but this does look like a man’s car.  I cropped the original, adjusted levels and sharpness.  I used a white soft brush on a separate layer to take out distracting cars, street, etc.  I then applied Topaz Simplify watercolor.  Burning brought back the rich color and framework of the windshield.

A big Hummer or pickup might be more masculine, but I figured most men would have liked to have seen this car under the Christmas tree!   Have a great day, everyone!