Red

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.

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Hibiscus

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.

Luscious

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.

Masculine

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!