Filtered flowers

Well, after yesterdays protest blackout, I thought it would be nice to return with some flowers. But because this is winter and there isn’t a flower in site, I had to look in my files for some photos I took in the past. I had spent a day last spring in a nearby park and took what seemed like a gazillion flower photos. Some I had used for a previous post at the time (365-110), but the other photos were just hanging out on my hard drive, waiting to be discovered again.

I think the one thing I shoot more than dilapidated old structures is flowers. Kind of an odd mix really. Flowers have such a short life of only a few days and the structures could be around for centuries. Yet when I shoot either one of them, I’m thinking that I need to capture them at that moment because they won’t be around for much longer. Of course these flowers that I shot last spring are long gone but to give them a new life, so to speak, I thought I would do some alternative processing on them. I usually process flower photos relatively straightforward because it’s all about the beauty of the flower and it’s tough to do better than that. But I’m into experimenting these days, so I ran these pics through various filters during processing to alter contrasts and colors, not caring about balances, yet still trying to retain the look of a photo. I used various amounts of Topaz and Nik plugins, among other things and I probably couldn’t repeat what I did 😉 if I tried.

I hope you enjoy them. Just looking at these photos makes me want to get back out there and shoot (dang home remodeling 😦 ). Hmm…..maybe a road trip to the conservatory next week would be a nice distraction.

  One thought on “Filtered flowers

  1. January 20, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Really sublime. Beautiful shots – and lens too.

    • January 20, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks. I used my Super-Takumar 50mm and Pentax DA55-300 for these shots.

  2. buddhafulkat
    January 20, 2012 at 10:57 am

    surreal – I have a soft spot for tulips!

  3. January 26, 2012 at 12:15 am

    They are all quite intriguing, but I think I like the middle one (the soft yellow flowers with almost a purple background) the best.

    • January 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks. I went back and forth on that one. I at first thought the colors were too extreme but I went with it anyhow.

  4. February 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    just nominated you for versatile blog
    check out the blog post here

    • February 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      Thank you Gail, I really appreciate that. I shall carry on the torch once I get my schedule situated.

  5. twishiimii
    February 15, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I look at your pictures and think that there has to be a story behind each picture. I love it..:)

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