Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

I’m not a very good gardener.  So in our garden we keep it simple.  I keep my eye out for native plants that don’t need a lot of care.  This year we tried two patches of wildflowers in our garden.  One worked really well and the other is struggling.  I think the patch that is struggling just doesn’t get enough sun. The patch that is doing well has produced some beautiful coneflowers:

ISO 200 50mm 0ev f/3.2 1/40

ISO 200 50mm 0ev f/3.2 1/40

In order to get this photo I used my tripod.  These flowers are only somewhat protected by the house, so any breeze will blur the photo.  I could have overcome this by shooting at a higher ISO and shutter speed, but in this case the color is better if the ISO and shutter speed are low.  It is a subtle difference, but in this case it mattered to me.  I settled on an f-stop of 3.2.  That left enough in focus and blurred out enough of the background.  So, I was happy with this version of the photo, but I did want to create something a bit different:

ISO 200 50mm 0ev f/3.2 1/40

ISO 200 50mm 0ev f/3.2 1/40

The theme of this week’s photo challenge by WordPress is carefree. So, I wanted to create a slightly dreamier looking version of my original photo.  I used Photoshop to do my editing.  I have applied an oil paint filter to the photo.  Then I used the high pass filter with soft light.  The result you see above is more mellow than the original photo.  Ironic isn’t it, that I had to do more work to look carefree?

Cheers!

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34 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

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  3. Very nice. I agree, sometimes carefree takes more work. An oil paint filter in Photoshop. What will they think of next? I admire people who can master that amazingly powerful software.

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    • Neglect, haha, just kidding sort of. These coneflowers I got from a local grower and so I am wondering if that made a difference? Sort of like they were born and raised here so they are use to the conditions. I think also that they really liked the sun spot they were planted in. Other than that, I would say luck, because I don’t have great soil and I am not that great of a gardener.

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  4. I appreciate the tutorial SO much! I’m just a recreational photographer, I have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m learning. Many of my photos are of the flowers on my property and we have had more cloudy, windy days than sunny and still. I’m anxious now for a day that is dry enough to try a photo with your settings.

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