Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Macro Flowers and Using the Photo Filter on PSE

What is the weather like in your neck of the woods? I hope that you are happy with it, whatever it is.

It seems that winter has decided not to come for a visit this year. All of our blossoms are putting on their show earlier than usual. So I took my new lens, a Tokina Macro 100 mm, F 2.8 and went in my front yard.

The camellia bushes are really loaded up right now with blossoms!

I didn't realize that having a close up lens would be more difficult to focus. I need lots of practice and maybe a small tripod would help. :o)

Look at the ruffles on this daffodil!

God is so good to us that He gave us so many different kinds of flowers; shapes and colors.

This Camellia is not fully open; isn't it pretty and colorful?!

Look at this volunteer grape hyacinth....isn't it a cutie pie? They are so tiny!

And this tiny vinca minor bloom.

Reminds me of angel wings...

Today as I was getting these photos ready, I rediscovered the photo filter setting on PSE 9.
It is really fun to use, to add a little zing to your pictures. Here is the screen print:

See the right hand side of the screen with the magenta box? That is where you can choose all kinds of colors and settings. It is fun!

This white Camellia has been edited with a blue filter:It doesn't really show up here, but there is a slight blue tinge.

Below is the photo SOOC:

To my sweet blogger buddies:
May the Love and peace of our Lord, Jesus Christ be with you on this Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent!

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Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

I dare say you have some amazing flowers to photograph and you are getting the hang of your new lens. Yep, in macro, I have to have a tripod but it also depends on the light too and a fast shutter speed helps in some lighting conditions too.

Your Camellia almost reminds me of a Gardena... WOW!

thistlewoodfarm said...

Beautiful photographs! I love your new lens....the focus is amazing.


romance-of-roses said...

Amazing blooms. Yes, flowers are visiting us early this year, but we won't complain. You have a good variety, pretty colors too. Hugs..Lu

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful softness in these photos.

Regards and best wishes

Richard Cottrell said...

Your spring flowers look so beautiful, They are a favorite of mine. So welcome after the winter. We have had a mild winter, things are up, never before so early here, buut we keep getting a cold snap set back. I am so ready. Thanks for sharing them with us. Richard from my Old Historic House.

lisa said...

Charlotte, these are just gorgeous!
I especially love the camellia. What a beautiful flower.

We have had a very mild winter here, with almost no snow, so everything has been pretty gray. Hopefully that will change over the next several weeks!

Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at The Creative Exchange.

Have a wonderful day!


Happyone said...

Such beautiful flowers. Even though it is white my favorite one is the camellia. It is gorgeous.

We have had a spring like day here in MD. Sunny and temperature in the mid 60's, 20 degrees above average.

hootnonny said...

Thanks for the tour of your lovely gardens! Glad you are enjoying your new lens. Looks like you two have bonded!

Hope winter doesn't decide to show up and bite all the pretty buds and blooms.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

You must have a beautiful yard with all these flowers! Your white camellia is pure white. I do have the tiny vinca minor blooming all over the place - just hope they don't freeze this weekend! Lovely pictures!

Barbara said...

These are beautiful! We have a few blossoms popping up but not nearly this many.

Candy said...

I am soooo jealous of your photography skills. I must have a new camera.....but, that's waaay on down the road.

Anyway, I just ran across your blog and since I love flowers, stopped in to ENJOY.

I'm new to blogland, only 25 days in, so please COME VISIT ME and maybe follow back. 8-)

The Greeley Girls said...

finally some photos and very well done.
we are new to blogging and faded charm
we will welcome any suggestions on photos
etc. loved enjoying a little spring on this cold day.
please check us out. elizabeth

Claire said...

Wow-amazing shots-I'm your newest follower-stop by for a visit!

Garden of Egan said...

Beautiful pictures!
I have lens envy!