Hello everyone. While beginning to write this post, it ocurred to me that I should’ve done a photo-a-day this year because it seems that’s exactly what I’ve been doing! Loving every minute of it too.
As my flowers come along, I snip a few and get busy taking photos. Sooooo enjoying my summer!
Before I forget, I wanted to share some tips for keeping your flowers fresh longer (especially if you’re wanting to take photos over several days). I ran across a website…..sorry, lost the link…..but here’s a few tips:
- Cut them in early morning or late afternoon – not in the heat of the day
- Use a sharp knife or garden shears to cut just a bit off the stem each day
- Change the water every couple of days
- If at all possible, place them in the refrigerator! Just as at the florist, this keeps them fresh longer.
Today, I’m sharing a few Echinacea images.
After my lightroom edit, I applied a light pink gradient fill adjustment layer to the image (multiply blend mode at 40% opacity), then applied a texture by 2 Lil Owls called Shabby Creek 6. I love the linen look it gave this image. I masked the texture off the flower, bottle, and book.
I applied Kim Klassen’s “earthy grain” lightroom preset to this one.
I used Rad Lab on this one to create a lovely black and white….something I don’t do enough of. This white vase was one from my Mother’s funeral with the silver cross on the side. Perfect for a Bible verse, don’t you think? Then with just a slight turn, it was used in other images as the one above.
I used Kim’s “breathe” lightroom preset on this one.
For this one, I used a layer of Kim’s “kk-simple” texture (soft light at 50%), and 2 layers of Kim’s “kk-waterfront7” (linear burn at 100%), “kk-
waterfront7” (linear burn at 34%). I removed the texture from the flowers and doily. I wanted the wood to pop!
I used Kim’s “kk-weathered” texture (soft light 100%), and the French Kiss_Ancient_Urban (multiply at 78%).
This first image was just a basic edit in Lightroom, warmed up just a bit.
and with IMAGE #8…
I used Topaz Labs Simplify to create the oil painting effect.
I hope you enjoyed seeing the variety of edits that Lightroom is capable of as well as taking them into Photoshop to add textures or other effects.
I’m linking up with Kim’s “Be Still Fifty Two”.
Thanks so much for stopping by……..Hugs, and Have A Creative Day!