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!


First Blush

Changed to b/w and masked to bring back just a little of the color.  This rosebud has a ways to go, but still means spring is on the way.   Processed in Photoshop Elements 6 with a levels adjustment and a high pass filter.  I only used a touch of color in the masking.

My daffodils are almost all done and freesias will be next to bloom.  The apricot and plum trees are in full bloom.  Hope you all are having a good week!

Camera settings: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, F/11, 1/100 sec., ISO 200, focal length 100 mm.  No flash.


Spring leaves catch a ray of light through the larger tree above in my backyard.  Processed in Photoshop Elements by adjusting levels, burning and a small amount of Orton effect.  Undergrowth highlighted by chance rays of sunshine always intrigue me.  It’s like they are being spotlighted for a reason!

Camera settings: Fujifilm Finepix S700, F/4, 1/180 sec., ISO 64, focal length 6.3 mm.  No flash.


The blossom is really white and I thought the contrast came out a little better in b/w.  I don’t even know what this is as it is a shoot coming from the rootstock of one of our ash trees.  I had very narrow depth of field which can be both good and bad. . . Camera settings: F/5.0, 1/100 sec., ISO 100 and focal length 43 mm.