50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing

Change of Season

One of the things that I love about the change of seasons is the transition flowers go through.  I chose to photograph two wildflowers that are in the yard.  One looks like it is done for the season and the other hasn’t gotten the memo regarding the frost we have had.

ISO 160 50mm 0ev f/3.2 1/100

ISO 160 50mm 0ev f/3.2 1/100

This is my flower that is done for the season.  When I was shooting this flower and the one you will see below I set my f-stop to 3.2 because that was enough to capture the detail of the flower and blur out the background.  Because the f-stop setting like that will let in a lot of light I used a high shutter speed and a low ISO to keep the images from being overexposed.  Both images were edited using Camera Raw.  I converted them both to greyscale and then applied some split toning.  For this first flower I have my color settings on blue but at a low saturation.  I felt like this helped convey the cold of the approaching season.

This flower, processed in a similar way but with different settings:

ISO 160 50mm f/3.2 1/100

ISO 160 50mm f/3.2 1/100

Here I used a combination of yellow and orange and a high saturation.  I was hoping to convey the fading warmth that this flower is pretty successfully hanging on to.

This post was written in part as a response to Sonel’s Split-Toning Challenge.  Her theme for this week was change of season.  If you are interested in split-toning at all I would encourage you to visit her blog, she has a lot of helpful hints and she uses a variety of different programs to edit her images.

What do you think of my flowers? Kind of hard to believe they are right next to one another in the yard isn’t it?