Bursting with color

Though my preference is travel-related photography (landscapes, cityscapes, and stuff like that), I also enjoy taking shots of flowers in the wild.  I always enjoy big color, and spots like this are bursting with it!

Blonde in a red dress

I haven't posted a floral in ages, so thought I would share this one today.  Seems like Spring is getting close!

88 petals?

I found this in the archives, having taken it a while ago and forgotten about it.  Just playing around with various camera settings and the like.  A simple picture, really.  Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Orange lily

I found this orange lily while walking around somewhere in Austin one day.  It was just sitting there looking pretty.  I enjoy macro shots of flowers and find it fun to see what sort of details you can bring out in the post-processing.  In this case I used PSE and Topaz Adjust.  Topaz Adjust really does a great job of helping to accentuate things like that, and it is a program that I use very frequently.  Single exposure, f/5.

Poppy bokeh

This single poppy really stood out to me, and as you can see was standing taller than his peers.  I thought he was quite attractive.  I was also able to conjure some nice bokeh in the background so that always gets me a little fired up!

I have been traveling for work all this week in San Francisco, so I am way behind on photography but that is ok.  I did get some great shots while I was away so tune in next week to see some wonderful Northern California goodness!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! 

Dew drops

The recent rain has caused a floral explosion here in Central Texas, and given us a mild spring the likes of which I can't really remember.  Then again, my memory sucks.  Either way, we are getting some great color and I am lovin' every minute of it.  This was shot in my backyard - you don't even have to leave home to get good photographs in this weather!

Single exposure, f/5,6. -1.3 ev.  Minor contrast adjustments in PSE and a little finish in Aperture.  Get out there and shoot some of these wonderful flowers!

Red poppy

I have driven by a certain house in Austin probably a dozen times over the last few weeks, and every time I notice and comment on this wonderful field of red poppies that is bloomin' like crazy in their yard.  I keep telling myself that I need to bring the camera and get a picture before it is too late.  Well, today I finally listened to those voices in my head and brought the camera.  Here is one of the pictures that I got, and I rather like it.  I am a fan of bold colors (check!), bokeh (check!) and simple shots (check!).  I feel like I got it all in this shot...what do you think?

Single exposure, f/5.6, exposure bias of -1.7 ev.  I adjusted the contrast slightly in PSE and actually had to tone done the red saturation in Aperture.

Red camelia blossom

Just a quick post today - this is a red camelia blossom that I was fortunate enough to see recently.  In this shot I used my Hoya macro filters, which you can read about here.  They work really well.

This is a single image taken at f/5.6 and -1.0 ev.  I made some minor adjustments around Contrast in PSE and that is it!  Enjoy!

Spring

Well it seems Spring is here, at least here in Austin.  Things are in bloom and it seems like we are getting really close to the big wildflower explosion that happens here every Spring.  It is an awesome event that unfolds slowly and then one day *BAM* there are wildflowers everywhere.  It is awesome and I will have some shots coming soon!

Single exposure taken at f/6.3 and 0ev.  I made some minor adjustments in PSE and that's it!

Purple orchid

Well, at least I *think* it's an orchid.  I am not too good with flowers, outside of your standard, easy to spot ones like roses.  I continue to experiment with these types of shots as I find it is a nice departure from my usual stuff, and it stretches me to try new things anyways.  

This is a single exposure shot at f/5.6.  I had some late afternoon sun coming through the window, so that is always good to work with.  I thought it cast a nice reflection on the glass.  I made some minor adjustments in PSE (mostly Contrast) and then applied some smoothing in Topaz Adjust.