18-55mm IS lens, Canon 80D, Flowers, Instagram, Luminar, Photography, Squares

January Squares: Mother Nature has it all

Light tones, dark tones. When it comes to color tones Mother Nature has it all covered, sometimes all in just a few flowers:

ISO 250 f/11 42mm 1/60sec

Shot on the grounds of Sandringham Estate with my Canon 80D, it was the range of light and dark pink that caught my eye.  A square edit seemed like a good way to distil the image as the vines of the flower made it quite a busy image:

ISO 250 f/11 42mm 1/60sec

Other edits in Luminar included the use of the Orton effect and Matte look filters. The photo also has a vignette.

The Instagram version is here:

Added to Day 10 of January Squares and Cee’s Flower of the Day.

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50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Flowers, Instagram, Lens Artists Photo Challenge, made with Luminar, Photo Challenges, Photography, Picfair

Wordless Wednesday, One photo, Three interpretations

ISO 500 f/4.5 1/125sec 50mm

Picfair version here.

ISO 500 f/4.5 1/125sec 50mm

Picfair version here.

 

Added to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, Filling the Frame and Cee’s Flower of the Day.

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Flowers, Instagram, iPhone, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography, Six Word Saturday, Tuesday Photo Challenge

Oh Boy! A New Photography Toy!

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A trio for your #tuesdaymotivation #flowers #roses #hipstamatic

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No, I didn’t need another one,

but gee, Hipstamatic sure is fun!

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Added to Tuesday Photo Challenge, Rose and Six Word Saturday.

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Cee's Fun Foto Challenge, Flowers, Instagram, iPhone, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photography

A Floral Surprise

It wasn’t just that these flowers were so pretty:

ISO 25 4.15mm f/2.2 1/400sec

It was that they were on the grounds of St. Paul’s Catacombs in Malta that made them a bit of a surprise. This photo was shot with my iPhone and has had very little editing.

Here is the Instagram version:

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#Flowers at the #catacombs #Malta

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Do you have simple but lovely photos like that existing in your archives? Your thoughts are welcome below.

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Added to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Pastel Colors, and Flower of the Day.

 

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Flowers, Instagram, Photo Challenges, Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday: A Natural Arch

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Natural beauty #thingsiseeonmyrun #flowers #naturephotography

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Part of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

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50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Flowers, Instagram, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

There are a lot of flowers in the house right now.  I enjoy all of them and love photographing them, but there is something about the rose that seems to embody grace:

ISO 800 50mm f/5.6 1/20

ISO 800 50mm f/5.6 1/20

There is also something inherently graceful about a black and white photograph. I find that limiting the color palette is a form of simplicity even if it is not simple to do.  In this case, I started with this original photo:

The original

The original

Before converting it to black and white, I edited it to this version using Lightroom:

ISO 800 50mm f/5.6 1/20

ISO 800 50mm f/5.6 1/20

I have increased the saturation, vibrance, and clarity.  I like the original version better than this edited version, but it has been my experience that a crisp and vibrant color photo often transforms into a more interesting black and white version than a softer color photo does.

Having created the more dynamic color version, I then edited it using the Silver Efex Pro plug in within Lightroom.  As I usually do, I began with choosing a filter that looked closest to what I wanted to achieve and then edited from there.  It is rare that I apply a filter and then don’t edit it further.  In this case this filter was a bit too dark for my liking, I increased the light by using the sliders for both the highlights and the shadows.  Back in Lightroom, I added a vignette.

This photo was shot using my Canon 50D with a 50mm lens and a magnifier.  This allows me to get more of a macro photo.  The difficulty in using this set up though is getting adequate light.  In this case I went with f/5.6 and 1/20 shutter speed.  That’s a slow shutter speed, I got a lot of blurry images.  Using the tripod would have made this easier.

The beautiful thing about flowers is that they are always changing.  Here’s another photo, this time using my iPhone, taken this morning:

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Roses in the morning light. #photography #goodmorning #flowers

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Lovely, but it is still the black and white version that says graceful to me.  What do you think? Do you have a favorite version? Is there a flower that you think is more graceful than the rose? Do you have a favorite way to convert images to black and white?  Feel free to leave a comment below.

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