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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2iD3exhrXw 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!
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.
Green shoots come up through the leaf litter in my yard. I’ll have daffodils by next week. This photo was treated with an 80% opacity Topaz Adjust over original. Then the photo was burned and finished. All processed in Photoshop Elements 6.
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!
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.