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Repitition

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I find it hard to ignore repetition when I see it.

Relaxed

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The dog is probably more relaxed than most people I know these days.

Patterns

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The patterns caught my eye, the window was a bonus.

 

Lord Stanley’s Gift

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This the pedestal of the monument to the Stanley Cup.

Extreme Macro Monday

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Sometimes the buttons close up look like a cluster of planets.

Green Grass and a Few Leaves

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One of those days I am looking forward to. I can feel them coming.

Bee No. 5

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If you think birds in flight are challenging, try insects like bees in flight. Quite a different story and in my experience harder.

Bee No. 4

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One common question about insects is where to find them, even in the city. Look for them along the side of bushes and trees, along the water, on the edge of paths. Move slowly, watch for movement or something out of place.

Bee No.3

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 I find bees are more easily recognizable from the side or at an angle than face on.

Bee No.2

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Most bees I see are so busy they ignore me even if I get close.

Bees

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This week I am posting a few of my bee photos. One of my favourite subjects.

 

Extreme Macro Monday

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A find in a jar of old buttons is finally proving useful.

A Pot of Keys

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Not at the end of a rainbow.

Staircase

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A unique perspective on staircases.

The Sky (Two Photographs)

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Skies are often an issue in photos so the software gurus keep coming up with ways to replace them during editing. These were done with Skylum NEO.

Mondrianish

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The first art exhibition that I can remember was of the work of Piet Mondrian. This photo reminds me of his work.

Doorknobs

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Doorknobs at an antique show.

 

Reflection

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Sometimes my view is distorted.

 

Extreme Macro Monday (Two Photographs)

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This is a silver button shot in colour. I noticed a nearby table lamp was giving interesting colour to the button so I added some colour filters for effect.

Flowers and Foliage 6

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I don’t plan to stop experimenting – it’s half the fun.

Flowers and Foliage 5

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When we see something that reminds us of great works of art (Monet’s Water Lillies for example) we should know we are onto something.

Flowers and Foliage 4

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Framing is one of those things you learn. There are rules to start with but soon forgotten for approaches that better match what you see. Shoot wider and taller than your imagined crop, give yourself room to experiment.

Flowers and Foliage 3

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Who are you shooting for? Pros need to know their audience’s desired outcome. Amateurs just get to shoot photos we want to shoot. 

Flowers and Foliage 2

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Even a slight vignette amplifies the subject and focuses the viewer’s eye.

Flowers and Foliage

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The rest of this week I will be posting photographs of flowers. I started out doing street photography and it was only relatively recently that I started shooting nature. Flowers have been a large part of my photography in recent years.

Extreme Macro Monday

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A button. You can clean small things thoroughly but there is almost always dust or anomalies. Sometimes it’s good but most of the time its something that needs fixing. In this case it’s the nature of the material.

Flower – 2

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Another HDR finalized Skylum Neo.

Flower

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This is HDR done in Photoshop and finished in Skylum Neo. In other words played with.

Poppy

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Poppies are evocative regardless of the time of year.

Canadian Thistle

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Actually from Europe it is invasive and called the Canadian Thistle because our southern cousins blamed its arrival on French Canadian traders. More likely it came to Canada and the US at the same time.

Somewhat

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A somewhat alien view of a lily.

Culvert

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I shot this because it looked so very abstract. This is first culvert I have ever shot.

Extreme Macro Monday

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Some back lit cloth

Landscape

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Flowers can make their own landscape.

Flower Fall

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There is always another angle to a flower.

Visitors

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Apropos of yesterday’s post. Sometimes the visitors are more prominent.

Something

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There are no perfect flowers the wild, there is always something, in this case an ominous shadow on one of the leaves.

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Starburst

 

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It is no secret that colours in photography are subjective. Sure we use white balance but our camera is set up with colour profile as is our computer and processing software. So we tweak to get what we think is realistic or what we like usually using white balance adjustments (a greater problem for the pro than for the amateur). Beauty as well as colour is in the eye of the artist.

Refraction, Diffraction

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My kind of street photography.

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Extreme Macro Moday

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At 2x life a broach said to contain a piece of Inca cloth.

Flowers

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A Photoshop HDR post processed in Neo. I am a fan of Photoshop’s HDR. I have tried a few others and always come back to PS. The processing of an HDR photo is always a challenge. Especially trying to avoid going incandescent, and here Neo also helped me pull back where needed (e.g. the sky). I like Neo as an add-on. Anyone wanting to spend some money on trying some different editing tools might find Neo fun and useful.

Doorway Window

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It is easy to overdo things in most software. More so in the programs with AI and/or that have a very large number of possible adjustments. Setting your own limits is half the fun.

Walking

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Noise and grain look a lot alike, in Luminar Neo I was able to maintain the grain where I wanted and diminish it where I did not. I am not sure I will use all of the options in Neo but I am keen to explore.

Girls and their Shadows

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Luminar Neo helped me preserve detail in the shadows while I adjusted the exposure of the rest of the photo.

Trinkets

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Luminar Neo has several options to change the mood, colours etc. Some of which use Artificial Intelligence. I don’t use presets, I approach each photo on its merits. I like the flexibility to enhance my photos in cases where a little more editing helps achieve my vision without going over the top.

What the Window Saw

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The next six days of photos were all processed with Skylum’s Luminar Neo. I can best describe it as Photolemur with adjustments. It can be used as a stand alone processor but I am using it as a filter in Photoshop.

Extreme Macro Monday

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What looks like an ancient map is actually a part of a gem in a pendant ostensibly from Mongolia. 2x life

Intent VI

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Focus in photography can mean two things: the technical use of stops to decide what is or is not in focus; or the use of tools like frames, leading lines and creative backgrounds to focus the attention of your audience on your intent.

Intent V (Two Photographs)

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To ensure our intent is evident in the final product we need to make our subject clear. In the first photo is the subject the peony or the ants conversing. In the second there is no question.

Intent IV

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Choosing what is in the frame in many cases is a two step process – taking the photograph and cropping it in production. In the first instance we might shoot a larger frame to give us room in processing. In the second, the art of cropping is an element in how we make our photo have impact on our audience.

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