May 142011

Guess I’m on a roll today!  More photos taken in March.  This is the Cascalote Bush in blossom.

I ran this through Topaz deJpeg, then Topaz Adjust Detail. Back in Aperture, I adjusted the red hue.  Then I tried out the new Topaz Lens Effect again…  although the background was already a Bokeh, it wasn’t as smooth as I’d like it, so I used the “Bokeh – Selective” to mask the areas that I want to have the Bokeh affect.  I’ll admit it took me a few tries to get it right, but I learned a lot about the tool in the process.   Finally, I went off to PSE 9 to use layers to create the frame.

May 142011


This Baja Fairy Duster is a very busy plant… it has pods, leaves, petals and the fluffy red duster –some still in bloom and and others that have wilted or in the process of wilting.   I guess if one wanted a sample for a plant catalog, this photo would show a little bit of everything that you can expect of it.

This was taken in March… Iam  just now getting around to posting it.  Processing consists of removing one Saguaro cactus that was sticking up in the background like a sore thumb (or middle finger).  I used the detail paintbrush in Aperture to bring out the pods and the red fairy dusters — and used, then tweaked the Aperture default “quick fix” preset.  And that’s about it.  I tried a lot of different things in Topaz, but none of theme seemed to improve the picture.  I photograph these Baja Fairy Dusters whenever I see them… and have experimented with lots of different light.   But they never want to show themselves off the way that I see them.  Maybe someday when I have a new camera I’ll be able to capture the feather light fluffiness exactly the way that I want to.

The frame was done in PSE 9 with layers.

May 012011


ISO 80; f/4.5; 1/25 22.4 (Canon SX10, no tripod, heavily cropped)

I love these colors and textures!   There is so much crowded together in Algadones, Mexico, especially with signage, that I took this photo the best that I could, and then cropped out the unwanted parts.  Processed in Topaz Adjust – Topaz HDR Pop

Feb 182011

ISO 80; f/4; 1/100; 9.6mm (Canon SX10)

Kachina dolls are part of the western Pueblo Native American (Hopi, Zuni) religion. A kachina can represent anything in the natural world or cosmos.  For the Hopi, kachinas live on the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, AZ. The dolls are used to educate children in the ways of life.  There are hundreds of different kachinas.

These dolls were found in one of the many tents during the shows in Quartzsite.  I took the photo last month and did some processing on it.  I was bothered by the fact that I had caught a glimpse of a customer and planned to go back and retake the photo but as it happened, I never did have the opportunity.   Reviewing photos I’ve taken specifically for this blog,  I decided to go ahead and used since I’m mostly satisfied with the photo, especially after a crop.

Post processing was done in Aperture (levels & exposure adjusted) and Topaz Adjust Photo Pop.