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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 (12-5-14)—Winter flowers

Friday Flower Fiesta

Some of the “winter” flowers that are blooming in San Diego right now.

African violets are very popular at the grocery stores and plant nurseries for the Fall and Winter. These three are plants of mine:

African violet

African violet

African violet

Begonias, especially the wax leaf, angel’s wing, and cane begonias, bloom year-round in San Diego.

They are some of my favorite plants because of that, as well as the fact that they are easy to grow, can adapt to shady or sunny conditions (or anything in between), and their flowers simply are cheery little things that, well, cheer me up.

The following are from my gardens.

Begonia

Begonia

Begonia

The veritable pansy is another flower which I find immensely cheerful to look at.

It also was one of my wise old grandmother’s favorite flowers, especially purple ones since purple was her favorite color.

Pansy

Pansies

Pansies

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