Posts Tagged ‘Filter Forge’

Hosta Flower Infinity

The Weekly photo challenge is “Infinite.” The flower in this digital composition is a Hosta flower. Hostas are often called the perfect perennial. They come in a nice range of colors and sizes. Some are a single color and some are multi-colored. Some have flat leaves while others have variegated leaves. Some flower and some do not. Those that bloom do so between June and October; their flowers have a range of colors and fragrances.  Obviously Hostas are a very versatile plants. This particular Hosta was blooming in early October in our backyard. While the Hosta bloom was lovely and had an identical shape to the one here. the flower that reaches out so invitingly was originally white and had a softer surface texture before this composition began. Hostas have a well-deserved reputation for being easy to propagate and the flower of a Hosta seemed like a natural candidate to be the featured element of a composition that would extend it to infinity. This was created using Topaz Lab’s ReStyle and Filter Forge.

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Warner Park is not the perfect photo destination. On one hand you have a beautiful bird like the Great Blue Heron in the park. On the other hand, it may be standing in or flying over water that is pea soup green with clumps of I’m not sure what floating about on the water’s surface. Here is what I mean:

Great Blue Heron - October 02, 2013 - 199

What’s a photographer of limited stamina and resources to do. Head for the pristine wilderness of course. Not. I can’t honestly say I feel a great deal of obligation to stay true to the subject matter here. At least not the entire subject matter in this photo. The environment around the heron distracts from it. As a result, I feel it is entirely appropriate to work around it. One obvious way to do that while using the same image is, of course, to a use black and white image. There is no pea soup green in black and white:

Great Blue Heron - October 02, 2013 - 198-Edit-DFX

Other possible ways for addressing unappealing elements of a photo include cropping:

Great Blue Heron - October 02, 2013 - 199(cropped)-2

or using a photo technique that takes the edge off of the undesirable elements of the photo. Below the streaks filter from DFX 3 blurs the image while a mask protects the heron.

Great Blue Heron - October 02, 2013 - 199-Edit-Edit-Edit-Edit

Of course there is always the danger /opportunity of selecting the heron and launching it into new worlds where the pea soup pond has lost its relevance. Below are three images created using Filter Forge 3.

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Great Blue Heron - October 02, 2013 - 198-Edit-Edit-3 -2

Great Blue Heron - October 02, 2013 - 198-Edit-Edit-2 -2

Finally coming back full circle, the simplest of all ways to deal with the problem of the pea soup pond is for the photographer to slightly change position.

Great Blue Heron - October 02, 2013 - 194a-2

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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above III

The photo upon which this is based is, of course, is a fine picture (I say modestly:>) of a bee sitting plop in the middle of a Rudbeckia flower as I photographed it looking down at it. For good or ill, this was too tempting for me to leave alone. Using Photoshop and Filter Forge, I created what I call “A Pill With a Buzz.” I imagine some of you won’t understand this title and you should just be happy that you don’t because it might be seen as a sign of a misspent youth. For anyone else who is looking at this photo, I hope you get a chuckle. P.S. Please do NOT take two of these and plan to see me in the morning.

More Snow - Oh No!

Okay. We are really sick of snow here in Madison. I decided to bottle a storm, but couldn’t find one that worked so I had to use a snow globe. I placed a recent storm in the snow globe in the hope of dissuading future storms, apparently without success since we may get a foot of snow in the next 24 hours.

One photo – and three interpretations – of the interior of the dome of the Wisconsin Capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin.

Dragonfly as Easy Rider

Fun with Photshop and Filter Forge.