Last evening’s sunset was, I feel, the most spectacular I’ve photographed in the almost-six and a half years I’ve lived here.
What do you think?
These subtly colored blooms were given an added treatment with the Diffuse Glow filter using pure white as the background/glow color, which also adds an overblown quality to the whites, allowing for a softer, more romantic look.
The Grain was set at “3” to give a fresher look to these very old-fashioned favorites.
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Just a note:
Although I have no knowledge as to whether any of my copyrighted images have been ‘stolen’ by others, I decided to add a watermark and process them in a smaller pixel format.
I work diligently to present fine photography to all viewers, and to have another place their name on my images is simply untoward!
You can always ask for permission in the Comments to use an image, which I usually grant as long as I am given credit.
…to cheer you, whether it’s morning or evening where you are!
Here in Chicago this evening, a storm is on its way…it is getting very dark with lots of ‘rumbling’ from the northwest, so I figured I’d post quickly while the pizza is in the oven!
(I’ll show you that tomorrow!)
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Now, pink is not my favorite color, but I feel we all need some cheer…and these pinks certainly make me stop…and smile!
I found some gorgeous Peonies in full bloom on my mile walk to the pharmacy the other day…but I really didn’t care for the way the images turned out…so, of course, this morning I decided to ‘play’ a bit!
I didn’t realize the next image featured a fly and the eyes of two ‘garden decor’ deer until I uploaded.
I decided to get rid of the faux deer–a good choice, in my opinion!
Photoshop’s Artistic Ocean Ripple filter has never really appealed to me–until I ‘played’ with it on this image…and found it added some interest to a very ordinary photo of a Peony.
Combined, these two images took about an hour to process, and the results were entirely worth spending the time to make the ordinary a bit ‘extraordinary’!
You might ask why I bother transforming what are considered dull images?
“Because for me, it’s fun…and everyone needs SOME fun in their lives, don’t they?!?”
…with a look toward the east, from my studio window…
Compared to other areas, Chicago ‘got off easy’ in the last forty-eight hours, for which we should be truly thankful.
Please…remember the residents of Oklahoma City and its surrounds in your thoughts and prayers.
Their losses are painful, as they sift through rubble, seeking remnants of Life.
I’ve been quite tired and ‘out of sorts’ the last few days, hence no posts. My apologies, and to make up for that, here are some very comforting images, taken within the last half hour.
N.B.: These images have not been Photoshopped at all…they are, except for re-sizing, straight from the camera, as I didn’t want to ‘play’ with these soft, peaceful colors!
N.B.: The two images above are ‘straight from the camera’…all I did was crop them a bit.
Now is the time of year when the rising and setting sun reflect perfectly in the windows of Evanston’s tallest buildings. It’s just barely touching the CBRE Building, (where the Chase Bank is located…the dark one above), which looked like this at sunset just four evenings ago, on the 15th: