I live in suburbia. Over the years I’ve lived in several variations of suburbia. Whichever variation of suburbia I am living in I like to put native plants and wildflowers in my gardens. The native plants I put in over the last few years are struggling this season because we had a non-native winter, far colder than usual. So are first spring flowers this year are not native plants but wildflowers. I love photographing these blossoms as they appear in the yard. On this particular shoot, I took both of my cameras with me. This first was taken with my Canon Powershot:
This version was shot using the color picker setting in the camera. I selected purple and it changed the rest of the image to black and white. I do wish the camera had picked up more of the purple. I did love the way the light turned up in this image. It was beautiful in that particular moment, and I think the camera honored that. This image was edited in Photoshop, I cropped it and sharpened it. Here is the original:
This next flower I shot using my Canon 50D:
I chose a very shallow depth of field to draw your attention to the front blossom and deal with the very busy background by blurring it. This photo has also been cropped and sharpened. Here is the original:
So, what do you think of my editing? How is your spring going, did your plants struggle this year? Ours are just now starting to bounce back.