Mar 312010

Looking for a subject that I could photograph throughout the day, I settled on this silly frog. Normally, it sits on a rock, but I decided that putting it about eye level in the Palm tree would help with consistency when shooting (which it turned out not to really work this way).  Also, the Palm tree itself offers nice texture.

First shot was taken at 6:25 pm… this frog is facing west, into the setting sun. Something is making a shadow in the photo… is it me?

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Mar 252010

Tuesday morning was overcast and I was able to see these Argentine Cactus blooms mid-morning. They are night blooming thus if it had been a bright sunny morning, the blossoms would have wilted.. in fact, many were all ready “gone.”

I realize that this is a bit of a distortion on mini assignment #3…

The double photos below were done in Adobe Photoshop Elements (which I already own and should be happy with) and Lightroom 2. I’m driving myself crazy evaluating applications.

Photo Above: Processed in PSE — with levels adjusted & high pass overlay for petal details.  Sponge used to saturate bee and the pink part of the flower.

Photo Below:  Processed in Adobe Lightroom 2.  Used Preset:  Tone Curve – Strong Contrast.  Used brush to bring out bee in flower, but not all that successful.  Actually tried about 1000 things since I don’t know what I’m doing and am just evaluating this copy.  But this is what I settled on.

Below: This is my photo of “gone blossoms.” I really didn’t do anything to this photo.