Psychadelic Maples

The ornamental maples are changing colors but the dry weather is showing lots of damage on the leaves.  I grabbed one yellow maple leaf and put it on top of some hosta leaves.  The combination was cool in contrasts of color and shape but I wanted to add a little more.  I found a texture that gave a kind of tie-dye effect to the hostas.  Not the original color combo but I thought it was kind of cool.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
110mm @ f/11 – 1/15 sec – ISO 400

#Autumn #MapleLeaf #Hosta #Georgia #WithMyTamron #TextureMyWorld016

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Thanksgiving dinner? No thanks, I just wanted something to drink.

For the last few weeks, all the neighbors have seen a group of wild turkey wandering about.  I have seen them crossing streets or standing about in front yards but Monday morning, they were checking out the bird feeders in my back yard.

At first, I thought I would be lucky to get a shot or two before they took off at the first sign of people.  As it turns out, while they were alert to any sound, they were not really bothered by us watching them.  The one seen here, was exceptionally brave as I was standing outside our screened porch when he decided the bird bath looked like a great place to quench his thirst.

After scratching about to get any seed or insects they could find and a stop at the local watering hole, the group of six made their way off to the neighbor’s yard to see what they could find there.  With all the construction going on in Roswell, I guess the wildlife are being forced into residential areas more often.  I love feeding the song birds and we saw a hawk in the yard last week but I never thought we’d see birds this size at the house.

So far, they’ve been getting by pretty well.  I hope everyone will respect the fact that they are wild creatures and also that we drive carefully since they may be out on the roads.  Not sure what might happen if the Canada geese who often fly in show up at the same time.  There could be a turf war.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
100mm @ f/8.0 – 1/125 sec – ISO 400

#Autumn #WildTurkey #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Found a flower

Fall is here and we’re starting to see some color change but most of the vegetation is looking pretty dried out.  There are still a few blooms out there which the insects are happy to check out.  I think the bug seen here is an Augochlora Sweat Bee and the plant is a Blue Mist Flower.

I am continuing to play with Smart Photo Editor and experimenting with textures and other treatments.  The background here is a texture called Fishing Boat 25.  I thought this made for an interesting combination.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/8.0 – 1/200 sec – ISO 200

#Autumn #Insect #Georgia #WithMyTamron #Textured #FishingBoatTexture25

What a surprise!

Sometimes, a combination of somewhat random items becomes an interesting image.  In this case, I was strolling through Roswell Antiques and Interiors on Canton Street and saw these faces on a shelf.   I think they are actually bottle stoppers but wasn’t actually sure at the time.  The face in front really caught my eye.  This made me think of Inspector Clouseau from the Pink Panther movies.

Some photographers love to arrange items into the perfect design but I prefer to find scenes like this.  I do occaisionally move found items around a little to get a better view but not this time.  If I just walk around to get the best angle without bothering what is already there, I like that best.  Often the beauty is right in front of you if you just look.

2018 Annual RPS Photo Walk
Historic Roswell Antiques and Interiors
970 Canton Street
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
78mm @ f/6.3 – 1/4 sec – ISO 1250

#RoswellPhotographicSociety #RPSPhotoWalk #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron  #historicroswell  #cantonstreet  #antique  #antiques  #antiquemall  #roswellga #HistoricRoswellAntiquesAndInteriors

Slipping into Autumn

On a dreary October day, I thought this little pop of color on a soft background texture was appropriate.  The dogwoods seem to be the only trees that believe that it is time for fall season.  Even if the temperatures have started to dip, the plant life has either given up or is holding onto the green colors.

I may need to go out and see what nature has to offer in the way of textures since the colors are pretty drab right now.  When you have bright autumn colors on the brain, it’s hard to see what else if right in front of you without making an effort.  I guess that’s how things are all the time.  I need to turn off my expectation and turn on my observation.  Hope that will get some more interesting images.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
165mm @ f/6.0 – 1/80 sec – ISO 400

#Autumn #Dogwood #Georgia #WithMyTamron #Textured #AmazingWatercolour

Enhanced color

A combination of nature and creative post-processing can make up for some of the missing autumn colors this year.  I took this image in the late afternoon yesterday.  These dogwood leaves were showing some great red and yellow color as the sun shone through.  Sadly, the surrounding area was not very interesting so, I started playing.

Taking the image into Smart Photo Editor, I applied a texture called “Weathered and Grungy”.  After masking the leaves to show through naturally, I added a border named “Custom borders 053” and came up with the final product as shown.  Sometimes, mother nature can use a helping hand.  Occasionally, adding artistic treatments make things better!

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/1600 sec – ISO 400

#Autumn #Dogwood #Georgia #WithMyTamron #Textured #WeatheredAndGrungy

Dependable dogwoods

This has not been a fantastic autumn season.  The weather has been much too warm and dry but it seems that there’s almost nothing that will prevent dogwoods from putting out those distinctive red berries in the fall.  The leaves look a little less than vibrant but there’s no lack of the red speckles in the trees.

I’m hopeful that the recent rain we have had may rescue some of the fall color but we may have to do some traveling to find any real display.  I will keep my eyes peeled and share what I can find.  Keeping my fingers crossed.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
165mm @ f/8 – 1/20 sec – ISO 200

#Autumn #Dogwood #Berries #Georgia #WithMyTamron