My wise old grandmother used to say, “Never throw pictures away.” That was back in 1966, but her words are even more relevant in today’s digital photographic world with Photoshop, Topaz, Photomatix, Photo-Paint, PaintShop Pro, Gimp, Picasa, ACDSee, Aperture, and more.
One of my favorite flowers is the orchid because there are so many of them and they come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. According to Wikipedia, the orchid family is one of the two largest plant families with somewhere between 21,950 and 26,049 accepted species. That’s quite a wide range! That doesn’t even include the over 100,000 hybrids and cultivars that horticulturists and plant geneticists have created for our enjoyment. Why leave it to Mother & Father Nature to create something in millions of years when we can do it in decades, right?
I took thirteen orchid pictures which Eric Cooper, a former employee, initially classified as throwaways. Problems included poor focus, over exposure, under exposure, and big splotches and dead spots on the flowers. Remembering my wise old grandmother’s words, I had Eric throw them (pun intended) into a folder labeled throwaway orchids.
Today I retrieved them and used Photoshop and Topaz to create Photographic Art postage stamps. Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed creating them. Let me know which is your favorite—13¢ is mine.
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