Jerry at Shadowhouse Creations (AKA, Ghostbones) has been posting the most wonderful weed images using his free textures.
He has also posted an in-depth tut on how he made his "Thistle" image. Certainly a must read!!
Well, it is that time of year again. The yearly dandelion hunt. I drove around a few days ago and there were none to be found close to home. Kristen was kind enough to bring me home two she found today at school. We tried taking shots while she was blowing. Between her blowing too hard and my shutter speed not being fast enough... most were bombs. But here is one before we started.
I was using my 200mm zoomed all the way out to get the most blur out of my background and the smallest aperture number the lens had to offer for the smallest depth of field. And I searched for the perfect green background so the white would have contrast. I also focused on the weed and held down my focus lock button so the focus wouldn't change while I shot on continuous. Always good to add a little planning to your images before you start. =)
A little about the processing.
I started in LR. I used Matt K. preset "vintage New York 1 on the image before opening in CS3.
Then I added two of Jerry's textures. (Ghost 5 & A Painted 2, both blend modes changed to softlight)
The texture adds such wonderful depth of field. It seems to attach itself to the background and it gives the illusion that the flower is in the foreground. Granted both of those statements are true but it did not pop like this until the textures where added.
So I bid you to go forth and search out your own dandelions!! Be inspired...
Promise to post my next try. Hopefully I can manage some action next time. Live and learn, right?