These white iris grew in our courtyard in Wimberley. The photograph was taken on a light box and processed with Topaz Glow to bring out details and edges.
Archive for March, 2016
Another Pink Evening Primrose photograph taken on a light box. The flowers grow in our yard in Rockport, TX.
We found thistles like this one out on Cape Valero yesterday. We had never seen anything like them before nor could I find images like them on the internet. The single stem with multiple flower buds came out of rather flat (green colored) rosettes. The color is a bit exaggerated in this evening photo, but not only the buds but also everything on the stems was very pinkish. Very striking plant!
Went out today to harvest some white prickly poppies from the roadside in order to shoot them on the lightbox. Interesting plants. Very delicate petals, very translucent, but the stem and leaves are very prickly. You must have gloves to work with them! Still very windy in Rockport today.
This is my first attempt to photograph flowers on a lightbox. I learned about this technique from photographer Harold Davis. It works best if the flowers are a bit translucent, which the primrose are. Primrose are blooming in our yard and lots of other places in Rockport, TX right now. I hate to pink flowers, but I have to do it for this… It’s been VERY windy here recently making it almost impossible to photograph flowers in their nature habitat anyway.
This was taken in February in Rockport, Texas at Cape Valero. The sun is about to set at the right but it’s the marshes and the clouds that keep bringing me back to this photograph. Most of the black dots on the water are waterfowl.
March 14, 2016. Lots of paintbrush and some bluebonnets on TX 80 and then 183 on the way to Rockport. I like it when I can find mixtures of flowers rather than a bed of bluebonnets and then a bed of paintbrush…
This shows how modern tools can bring out detail in a photograph in post processing on a computer. Neither film nor digital sensors have the dynamic range of our eyes, so a photograph cannot duplicate everything we see straight out of the camera. Besides that, there is the creative process where photographers try to express our vision of what we photographed.
Ansel Adams used very elaborate dodging and burning in the darkroom to fulfill his vision. Other film artists used other techniques such as combining multiple images in the darkroom. In-camera techniques such as unusual lenses and filters were also used for creative purposes in film days. Today we shoot digital and to a large part bring out our vision in post processing on a computer. Cleaner, brighter and less dangerous than darkroom work. Plus we can do more this way.
The top photo is probably a bit more “extreme” than I would print to sell in a gallery, but it’s a matter of taste.