Nature Abstracts

One technique that I really like is to use a long shutter speed to create an abstract.  Here are two images that I created recently using that technique:
GrowthFor this photo, I moved the camera up while the shutter was open (tall grass at the edge of a pond).


CurrentFor this photo, I held the camera still, and let the rushing water do the work.


What are some of your favorite photography techniques to play around with?


Thanks for stopping by!

- Holly

Looking For The Rabbit Hole

Looking For The Rabbit Hole

“Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don’t much care where.
The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.
Alice: …So long as I get somewhere.
The Cheshire Cat: Oh, you’re sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.”
~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

361/365 {“Silence is true wisdom’s best reply.”}

361/365 {"Silence is true wisdom's best reply."}

I convert most of my images to black and white, even if I don’t keep them or post them, just to see how it would look.  To me, this one works better in black and white because of the wispy stems, lines, shapes, and shadows.  I don’t have just one way of converting an image, sometimes I go with a PS action (I usually tweak it a bit to fit the image), and sometimes I start from scratch.  When I load an image into PS, I never choose Image>Adjustments>Desaturate.  Why?  Because I need more control than that.  I usually either go with black/white gradient map, and then adjust the levels from there, or I create a black and white adjustment layer and adjust the background colors separately.  Basically, I have no set “formula” for conversion, every image is unique, every image is trial and error until I see something that I like.  In the case of this particular image, I used a Photoshop plugin, called Perfect Effects 8, and then added a texture layer on top to lighten the background a bit (so it wasn’t just solid black).  I did do some spot burning to give the petals a little bit more depth and definition.  I never dodge or burn an image directly, I add a new layer over the image, change blend mode to “overlay”, fill with 50% gray, and do my dodging and burning on that layer (that way, I can always delete the layer and start over if I don’t like it).

Do you have a favorite conversion method for creating your black and white images?

If you click on the image above, you can see a color version in the comments section.  What do you think?  Color or black and white?


Thanks for stopping by!

- Holly

356/365 {Keeping the Tooth Fairy Busy}

356/365 {Keeping The Toothfairy Busy}

His first tooth was knocked out at a baseball game (hit in the mouth with a baseball – he was fine!), and it knocked the other one on top loose (he ended up losing the other one that same night).  The bottom tooth came out soon after, and now the OTHER bottom-middle tooth is loose!  He has been waiting a long time to start losing teeth, and he is very proud of the fact that he is finally starting to.  :)