Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bright Zinnias with Texture

My best "green thumb" success this summer was the crop of Cut and Come Again zinnias...seeds planted in late spring (after the frost).  The colors are so vibrant!   I played around with my 50mm macro lens, trying to capture the color and texture of individual flowers.   For these two, I then added Pixel Dust Photo Art's "Drips of Rainbow" texture so it looks as if the flowers were photographed through rain-covered glass.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Project 52 2014 #35

I am fortunate to live at the foot of the Blue Mountains in NE Oregon; we make the trip "over the mountains' fairly frequently for the purpose of shopping (or for me, photographing dogwood trees in the spring).  This past weekend, a cold front had moved through, bringing some thunderstorms and rain.  The clouds were amazing, and the sunset beautiful.   I took this photo at a "viewpoint" along the mountain highway, and I'm joining with Kent Weakley's Project 52 and Sweet Shot Tuesday.  

Texture Tuesday {Clouds and Wind Turbines}

Each Monday night, I post two photos---one for my Project 52 and one for Texture Tuesday.  This week, my choices are both landscapes, generally rare choices for me.   This photo for Kim's Texture Tuesday was shot from the window of a moving car with a 70-250 mm lens when my husband and I were returning from a day across the Washington border in the SE corner of that state.  Thunderstorms had been building up all around, and the clouds were absolutely beautiful.   Add to the clouds a "wind farm" in the distance, with those gigantic turbines that now dot so many of the dry hills of Oregon and Washington. (Click to enlarge image.)

ISO 400    f/11   1/800    70mm
Edited with Topaz Detail and kk_storm texture

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hydrangea #2

I'll continue to work with the one hydrangea flower head to see what I can do with it.

Edited with RadLab and pdpa Notes de Provence

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hydrangea #1

I read that cutting hydrangeas might negatively affect their blooming the next season; I've had this hydrangea bush for several years and it's finally looking great!  However, I cut one blossom today so I can do a series of photos with it as the subject.

Edited with Kim Klassen's kkflow and PicMonkey, with a drop shadow frame in Picasa