Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spring is here!

I’m pretty sure that Spring is my absolute favorite season.  I love it when the days start getting longer and I can go for a nice run after work to clear my head and have a little “me” time.  I also love seeing the flowers start to bloom and everything start to “green” up around me.  Even people’s moods seem to get brighter with the coming of spring.  It is definitely one of my favorite times of the year!

I took this photo today in my garden in our backyard.  The flowers are a bright, beautiful pink that doesn’t really photograph well, so I had to play around with it during editing.  The pink almost hurt my eyes in the SOOC photos and just didn’t do the flowers justice, but a little Lightroom magic helped to make them better. 

The main thing I did to this photo was move the Saturation slider far to the left and sharpened it a bit.  I’m not sure if I love this style, but I thought it was interesting. 

Garden-5-1

You can see the color difference with this photo below.  The bright pink color definitely shows in this one, as I kept the saturation up on this one and simply fixed the white balance, contrast and sharpness.  I am still very new to editing and definitely still experimenting with different techniques, so bear with me. 

Garden-9-1

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12 comments:

Karen said...

Both are great shots, but love the editing on the second one. Just me, LOVE COLOR!

Sian said...

oooh stunning!

Susan said...

Wow...that is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!

Sara said...

I love spring!! I am noticeably happier once things start turning green and warming up!! I like your shots, very interesting!!

Alita said...

Both shots have a magical quality to them. I like!

Alita

cggrlogan said...

I like your composition on both and prefer the saturated image but I, too, am a color addict. Textures would look nice too.

Becky Sue

Aquashell said...

great capture! Tulips are my favourite thing to take photos of!

Jane said...

I just got photoshop elements and am trying to figure out how to use it to best effect, so I think your editing is very impressive. I love both shots, but the second is my favorite as I just love all things bright!

Kimberly Gauthier said...

These are fantastic and thanks for sharing your tips. There are so many things I've been told to do and things that I just do, because it feels right.

These are beautiful shots.

Jennifer Bowen said...

You did a great job with post-processing. It's always good to know the basics.

Love the last shot! Great bokeh and composition.

MandeeFoFandee said...

these shots are fantastic! I love the macro! :)

Faith said...

WOW - this is REALLY nice!