Macro Orchid

Orchids are one of my favourite flowers. They always look so delicate, yet I think that they, like some people, have an underlying strength.

I was playing around with trying to photograph droplets on the petals. My efforts were not very successful, but they did not detract from the exotic beauty of the flowers.

Look at this purple beauty…

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Monochrome edits…

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The last one is my favourite. There is a calm and peaceful appeal about it.

Time to…

It’s about time I started blogging again! I’m full of excuses, some genuine, some just pure laziness 😦

At the moment, my life is being consumed by my grandchildren. I reckon that’s a good reason 🙂

Here they are…cousins, born 6 days apart last year.

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Of course I have to do a b&w edit…

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Flowers

I have just found Cee’s Photography blog, where amongst other challenges, she hosts a Black & White one. The current theme is “Flowers”, so I dutifully went out into our courtyard where there is a strelitzia in flower. I did take several shots in colour, but decided to set the camera onto Monochrome and took a couple of photos.

This is the SOOC shot…

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I cannot remember all the edits I did, but for the following picture I added a soft white overlay, which lightened the image and brought out the contrasts a bit more…

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Do go over to Cee’s blog and have a look at some of the other entries.

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Colour on a Grey Day…

It is grey and rainy today, but that doesn’t matter. It is lovely and cool and I bought a cheerful bunch of flowers this morning 🙂

I am supposed to be working on a couple of baby projects that need to be completed by 24 April, but I have been sidetracked by my blog! Baby projects in progress? Two quilts and two teeny jerseys for the two grandchildren that are expected in May – so exciting! I leave for the UK on 25 April. Unfortunately, I am not allowed to show the projects on my blog, because my daughter (one of the expectant mums) does not want to see them before she receives them. I hope she will like hers and I hope, even more, that my daughter-in-law likes hers too! I have said that they can put the jerseys on the babies once ,when I am around, and then turf them after that if they don’t like the results – haha!

Anyway, I digress from the bunch of flowers. I thought it about time to submit an entry for MOM, so I took some photos and then played around with my edits. As usual, I do the edits and then forget to note the process. Generally, I do a couple of basic adjustments in Lightroom and then open them up in Photoshop and play a bit more there. I did remember to write down the edits I did with one of the photos…see explanation below the photo.

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My black and white version…

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Editing Steps –

Desaturated the image

Added an Orange Colour Fill and changed the blend to Overlay 100%

Distort Layer – Ocean Ripple.

It does look as if one is gazing down into shallow watery depths. “Shallow depths”?? I wonder how that would be described in the English grammar??

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A bit of colour and a bit of b&w…

As I sit at my computer in my study, this is my view outside the sliding door…

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I love the sound of water and the running fountain is very peaceful. Today is overcast, but it is a lovely change from the heat and humidity that we have had over the past couple of months.

My B&W version…

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I wandered out into the garden and saw this orange flower (I think it is a honeysuckle)…

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and my B&W version…

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Lens: 50mm f1.4

I am making a last minute entry for this week’s MOM challenge.

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