Santa’s Sleigh

December 25, 2012 | Filed Under Fractalius | Leave a Comment 

One of my favorite things to do when I was little was to pull out my box of 64 Crayola crayons [with the sharpener in the back!] and a coloring book and color.  I was a very neat little artist.  I always wanted the colors to stand out and so if the coloring book drawings didn’t have really dark lines, I would add my own black lines on top to make my colors “pop”.  I also made sure that I always stayed within the lines!  I still like the look of a photo framed in black and I enjoy enhancing the black lines in images with software.  I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas day!

Christmas Blessings

December 24, 2012 | Filed Under Abstract / Graphic, Fractalius | 1 Comment 

Blessings to all for a very Merry Christmas!

Tulip Time

April 15, 2010 | Filed Under Flowers, Fractalius, Lensbaby, Macro, Nature, Spring | Leave a Comment 

I doubt that I will get to see Longwood Gardens’ tulip display this year, but I still have tulips in my garden to photograph.  This one was photographed with the Lensbaby Composer and processed with the Fractalius filter in PhotoShop.  The pink and green combination is one of my favorites!

Elements of a Heart

April 11, 2010 | Filed Under Flowers, Fractalius, Lensbaby, Macro, Nature, Spring | Leave a Comment 

Bleeding hearts are one of my favorite springtime flowers.  I love the color, the shape, and the uniqueness of the flowers.  Two of my plants are in bloom and I wanted to photograph them today, but it was fairly breezy, which makes it difficult.  Those little flowers dangling from the stems are almost always on the move.  Finally the wind calmed and I went outside, but it started to rain after just a few minutes.  Still, I managed a few shots with the Lensbaby Composer and soft focus optic.  This image breaks down the elements of a bleeding heart — the unfolding leaves, the stems, and the heart-shaped flower itself.  I processed this image with Fractalius and Photoshop.

Lensbaby Tulip III

March 23, 2010 | Filed Under Flowers, Fractalius, Lensbaby, Macro, Nature, Spring | 3 Comments 

I know that by now I am probably boring regular blog visitors to tears with all of the Lensbaby tulip images, but I just love the abstract feel of these shots.  The Lensbaby Composer and soft focus optic are a perfect combination for macro flower photography.   I enhanced this image with a Fractalius filter in Photoshop.  Fun stuff!

Snow Drop

March 22, 2010 | Filed Under Flowers, Fractalius, Lensbaby, Macro, Nature, Spring | 2 Comments 

Snow Drops are probably the first flower that blooms in my garden each Spring.  They are tiny little things, just a couple of  inches high, and so photographing them pretty much requires  laying on the ground.  For this shot I used the Lensbaby Composer, Soft Focus Optic, a couple macro lenses, and no tripod.  I wasn’t crazy about the Snow Drop images as they were just ho-hum, but I decided to try the Fractalius filter on this one.  Now I’m really happy with it as it adds a glow that isn’t in the original shot.  Fractalius also darkened up the background which was out of focus brown, yet-to-be-raked,  leaves.   I wonder what will bloom in my garden next?

During the Storm

February 27, 2010 | Filed Under Black and White, Fractalius, Lensbaby, Nature, Winter | Leave a Comment 

This image was shot during the height of the snowstorm this past week.   I photographed this scene in my yard using the Lensbaby Composer and soft focus optic, then converted it to black and white.  Finally I applied a Fractalius filter for a more artsy kind of look.  I’ll be happy to see flowers in my yard instead of snow…blah!  :-)