When it comes to inspiration for my photography, I just go outside. I love taking nature images and this past week, I was away for a few days camping by a river. Close to our campsite was a garden full of butterflies, here is one:
This is the edited version, I’ll show you the original in a bit. For this photo I chose an ISO of 400 because even though it was sunny, the garden itself was full of harsh shadows. I picked an f-stop of f/10 because I wanted most of the image in focus, but I was OK with some of the background detail fading away. A shutter speed of 250 seemed to be fine to catch the movement of the butterfly. In editing this photo, I first cropped and sharpened it. I then made a layer with a gradient map that was yellow, but dropped that layer’s opacity to about 70%. That was the top layer; I also put a mask on it and masked back in the original flower and butterfly. The result created some contrast between the two layers. I then decided to use the oil paint filter to give the photo a bit of a dreamy look. Here is the original:
So what do you think of my two versions? Feel free to leave a comment below.
On another note, what do you do when things go seriously awry? One of my favorite bloggers and certainly my favorite dinosaur, just got out of prison. She’s going to use her experience to help other women who have been incarcerated. To me, that’s brave and inspiring, read her thoughts on it here.