Thursday, September 1, 2011
The Globe Is My World
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I stopped by The Garden Hut yesterday to buy some sunflower seeds and to take a few pictures. I didn't have much time, but I picked 3 or 4 subjects to focus on and came away with a few shots that I liked.
I should have taken a shot of the whole mobile...silly me. Basically, you are seeing one end of it balanced on a pole with something equally heavy on the other side. It can spin in a circle kindof like the outstretched arms of a dancer. It's pretty. I saw the reflection of the flowers in it and moved around with the camera trying to get the best view possible.
I've doctored this quite a bit from the original:
There's an Orton filter, an enhanced lens flare courtesy of Deviant Art brushes, some color adjustments and cloning to remove the parking lot light posts. A Color Burn brush was my main method of getting rid of the hazy part of the reflection by making just that area darker.
I've been trying to take a good shot of these flags all summer:
I think this is the best one so far...
I also liked these flowers:
And the top of this rustic garden bench:
Back at home, this female summer tanager is often at my feeders and birdbath:
What a treat! This is the first year I've seen these guys in my yard and near my feeders.
And, this blue jay was standing pretty proud too:
I wonder what photo ops will turn up today:-)