Monthly Archives: April 2012

Day 119

There is always something to shoot at Brookgreen Gardens. Somehow I seem to get drawn to florals. Here is another one from Brookgreen:

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Day 118

As promised yesterday, here is another from Brookgreen Gardens. The water lilies are just starting to come out. My guess is that within the next week there will be many more coming into bloom.

See if you can spot the bee in this shot! Remember you can click on the photo to make it larger.

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Day 117

What a delight it is to live so close to Brookgreen Gardens. No matter the time of year, there is always something to shoot (photograph) there. Here’s one from today and I’m sure you will see another tomorrow!

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Day 116

OK, back to normal stuff today!  WOW, maybe it’s just me, but it seems like there are more dramatic blooms this year than before. It truely is wonderful. I found this guy this morning and wanted to share it with you.

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Day 115

Still playing with the Sabattier Effect. Wanted to try it in Black and White. After all, that’s what Sabattier would have seen.  Got some different looks, but kinda liked these two:

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Day 114

Here is a modern version of an old effect – The Sabattier Effect.  Sabattier was a French photographer who, in 1862, accidentally turned on the light while developing film and got some strange and unpredictable effects. Lots of people have experimented with the effect and one variation of it is called solarization. Photoshop and Photoshop Elements have a solarization filter but we’re going to do it differently by using the difference blend mode.

Here is the basic method:

1. Open an image.
2. Ctrl J to duplicate the layer
3. Add a New Fill Layer (Layer>New Fill Layer>Solid Color), and change the mode to Difference. Cllick OK.
4. Now for the fun part. When the color picker opens, click around and you’ll get some weird and wonderful effects. Don’t worry too much if you don’t like what you see – you can go back and adjust it later. (HINT: Black does nothing – the further away you get from black the more dramatic the effect.)
5. Since Difference mode tends to compress the tonal range we want one more layer. Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels. Leave the mode as Normal. Click OK and adjust the sliders to taste.
6. You can then go back and adjust the color of the Color Fill Layer and readjust the levels layer if you want/need to.

That’s the basic method but you can experiment with more color fill, gradient and pattern layers with the blend mode set to difference. The possibilities are endless and the results unpredictable. 

Shown below is a before and after of one I did.

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Day 113

Today was an inside day. So while my sweetie was running some errands, i set up in the garage and did some still life stuff. Here is one I think you will like:

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Day 112

Day 112 was pretty much a rained out, washed out, kinda day. Spent time going through some older photos and applying some different post processing to them. Here is one of a broken down wagon seen in New Mexico last year.

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Day 111

In Georgetown, behind the Rice Museum, there is a little garden area that can yield some big surprises!

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Day 110

Went on a boat trip with some wonderful neighbors this afternoon. Here’s a shot from that trip.

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