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Friday Flower Fiesta (1-23-15)—Spring has sprung!

Friday Flower Fiesta

Spring has sprung here in San Diego….

Flowers are bursting out in color everywhere!

Here are 12 of my best pictures of flowers bursting out:

1Unknown flower

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Unknown flower in La Mesa, California, on January 23, 2012

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3Flower bud

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4Friday Flower Fiesta

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5Friday Flower Fiesta

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6Flower and rain drops

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7Friday Flower Fiesta 4-5-13

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8Strawflower

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9Purple iris

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10Lily of the Nile

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11Yellow rose

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12Stapelia

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Friday Flower Fiesta (1-16-15)—It’s aloe season in San Diego!

Friday Flower Fiesta

The San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park both are internationally recognized zoos, but they also are internationally recognized arboretums and botanical gardens, too.

Now is a great time to see both the critters and the plants because it’s aloe season here in San Diego.

Here are some recent aloe pictures:

1Aloe

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2Aloe

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3Aloe

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4Aloe

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5Aloe

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6Aloe

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7Aloe

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8Aloe

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9Aloe

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10Aloe

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Friday Flower Fiesta (1-9-15)—Flower puzzles

Friday Flower Fiesta

Zoey the Cool Cat and her red ringOther than a home inspection today—and playing with Zoey the Cool Cat (of course!)—I have been experimenting with making puzzles in Photoshop.

Part of what I was doing was (1) seeing how the number of puzzle pieces affects the quality of the picture, (2) seeing whether puzzle pieces are best with simple pictures or can also be used with complex pictures, and (3) experimenting with the width and 3D effect of the edges of the pieces since that affects the quality of the picture, too.

Here are my creations:

6 piecesAngel's trumpet

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9 piecesButterfly Vine

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12 piecesCactus

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20 piecesCactus

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16 piecesCactus

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30 piecesEpiphyllum

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56 piecesEpiphyllum

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64 piecesAloe

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72 piecesPrickly Pear

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100 piecesCactus

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156 piecesAloe

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210 piecesCactus

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Friday Flower Fiesta (1-2-15)—Electric flowers

Friday Flower Fiesta

As my end-of-year present to myself, I bought Topaz Glow since there was a pretty good end-of-year discount.

I have found that it lends itself very well to busy flower pictures, i.e., those with lots of little doohickeys.

As opposed to last week when I included the original pictures with my Photographic Art productions, I’m not doing that this week. Simply enjoy the Photographic Art for what it is: not a photograph.

I would not want a huge collection of these hanging on a wall because I’d go psycho looking at them every day….

Zoey the Cool CatHuh?

Hold on….

A-ha! (not the group).

Zoey the Cool Cat tells me I’m already psycho.

There ya have it…. Expert opinion from the expert.

I do think any one of them would look good as a centerpiece, perhaps a 60″x40″ metal print….

My favorites are #10, #9, #4, and #2.

1
Wax-leaf BegoniaFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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2
Tuberous BegoniaFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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3
DaturaFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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4
BottlebrushFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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5
Flowering MapleFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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6
Angel’s TrumpetFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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7
Sausage TreeFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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Coral TreeFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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9
BanksiaFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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10
Angel’s TrumpetFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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EucalyptusFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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Coral TreeFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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Friday Flower Fiesta (12-26-14)—Electric Avenue

Friday Flower Fiesta

When one takes an average of 300 pictures each day, there will be pictures that look good on the camera’s little LCD screen but, when seen on the much larger computer monitor, they lack the subjective quality known as composition, have something ugly in them that I don’t want to take the time to fix, or have poor backgrounds, something that I also don’t usually like to fix….

Such is the case with today’s Friday Flower Fiesta.

So I made Photographic Art out of them.

I used Redfield’s Fractalius plug-in for Photoshop to create electric flowers. Thus, “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant for your listening pleasure while viewing….

I don’t like all of these, but Fractalius takes several minutes to do its thing on a 5184×3456-pixel image, so I’ll just let you decide.

Fractalius works well when there are good focal points and colors, not to well when there’s too much of one color or not a clear focal point.

I have included the original picture below the Photographic Art so you can see what Fractalius does. I even tell you at the bottom of the original picture what I didn’t like about it so you can see my thought process.

My favorites are #10, #1, #3, and #5.

1Agapanthus or lily of the nile

Agapanthus or lily of the nile

Didn’t like all the bright spots at the left.

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2Agapanthus or lily of the nile

Agapanthus or lily of the nile

Didn’t like the background; too out of focus
and the purple doesn’t go with the blue.

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3Anemones

Anemones

Background too glary.

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4Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria

Dying leaves at left.

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5Anthurium

Anthurium

Too many partial flowers.

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6Alyssum and begonia

Alyssum and begonia

Too many background patterns.

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7Alyssum

Alyssum

A mound of white flowers. Uninspiring.

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8Artichoke

Artichoke

Background too busy;
busy focal points should not have busy backgrounds.

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9Amaryllis

Amaryllis

Almost a perfect example of symmetry…. almost.

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10Azalea

Azalea

Again, busy focal point with busy background.

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Friday Flower Fiesta (12-19-14)

Friday Flower Fiesta

A collection of twelve of my favorite flower pictures that I cataloged this past week.

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Friday Flower Fiesta (12-12-14)—Orbs (or making something out of nothing at all)

Friday Flower Fiesta

My main reason for creating Photographic Art is because my camera, a Canon EOS 550D (Rebel T2i if you bought it in the United States) is a semi-professional camera that cost me about $700. My main camera lens is a Tamron 28-300mm macro zoom lens that cost me about $300. In other words, I have a whopping thousand dollars worth of camera equipment. Although I have 48 years of photographic experience, do I really think that I can compete with the professional with $35,000 worth of camera equipment and his own gallery downtown? No, I don’t.

So with the poor quality from the inadequate equipment, I create something unique, one of a kind images that no one else can create because they don’t know how I do it. They can try because they know I use Photoshop, and they might even come close, but unless they know the exact settings I use, they’re not going to get an exact reproduction of my Photographic Art. Heck, sometimes the Art is so unique that even I don’t know what settings I used, so even I cannot reproduce it!

Some of the pictures in my vast collection are what many photographers would call throwaways. However, a couple of things that my wise old grandmother told me back in 1966 has always stuck with me:

“What comes out of the camera is just the basics to start with.”
and
“Don’t throw anything away. There is no away.”

Throughout the ensuing decades, I have learned to throw things away, but I take far less trash to the curb each week than my neighbors do. Maybe they just buy more crap than I do………….

Anyway, for today’s Friday Flower Fiesta, I thought I would take ten of my throwaway photographs and use them to make flower orbs in brushed aluminum frames. These pictures were out of focus, had poor composition, or are simply too small to use to make high quality Photographic Art. Here they are, with the original picture beneath each framed flower orb.

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Framed flower orb

flower (226)

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2

Framed flower orb

flower (253)

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3

Framed flower orb

flower (269) original

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4

Framed flower orb

flower (270) original

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5

Framed flower orb

flower (301)

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6

Framed flower orb

flower (302)

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7

Framed flower orb

flower (312)

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8

Framed flower orb

flower (334)

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9

Framed flower orb

flower (342)

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10

Framed flower orb

flower (350)

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Number 5 is my favorite. It looks like a face, maybe something out of a Stephen King novel. Number eight is my second favorite, and then number 7 is third.

If you would like to learn how to create orbs, see my post here. It’s really easy; takes just a couple of minutes…. Unless you don’t have Photoshop…. Then it will take a lot longer!

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