Watercolor effect

This image was the result of taking one of my shots at the Chattahoochee Nature Center – Butterfly Encounter and processing it in Smart Photo Editor with an effect called Amazing Watercolor.  The original image was nice enough since I got good detail on the butterfly and flower.  The contrasting colors worked well to show a depth and separation but, I think the dreamy watercolor effect really makes it stand out.

I won’t be doing these artsy effects all the time but maybe once in a while for a change of pace.  Let me know what you think.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/500 sec – ISO 400

#macro #QueenAnnesLace #butterfly #closeup #ChattahoocheeNatureCenter #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

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Queen Anne’s Lace

With so many little flowers to investigate, the insect life doesn’t have time to worry about photographers getting in their faces.  I obviously, got pretty close to this small butterfly while it was busy sampling the nectar.  There was enough room here for more than one as you can see another insect on the far end.  The queen anne’s lace flower makes a nice backdrop and I like the soft feeling that I got with just enough depth of field to get the butterfly sharp but not much else.  Not the most spectacular butterfly out there but I thought it made for an interesting image.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/8 – 1/400 sec – ISO 100

#macro #QueenAnnesLace #butterfly #closeup #ChattahoocheeNatureCenter #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Sunflowers

OK, so the starburst in this one is an effect that I added in Smart Photo Editor but the rest is just a close-up of the back side of a small sunflower.  The view from below while looking up toward the sun made the petals transparent and a brilliant yellow.  I really love all the texture of the fuzzy underside and those sweet little curls that support the bottom of the flower.

Kind of makes you want to squint, dosen’t it?

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/8 – 1/500 sec – ISO 250

#macro #sunflower #closeup #ChattahoocheeNatureCenter #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Butterfly encounter

If you want to excercise your patience, give butterfly photography a try.  This is one of those situations where your subject rarely sits still and often gives you just a glimpse of the perfect shot before quickly moving to hide or fly away.  All that being said, when you do get a good image, they are pretty cool.

One of the summer-time staples of the Chattahoochee Nature Center is the “Butterfly Encounter” display.  There are quite a few butterflies to see in the enclosure and it’s quite a site.  Of course, there are many other people who want to share in this experience so, sometimes, it’s also a little crowded.  I arrived when they first opened so, it wasn’t bad at all.  I was also pleased to see that they changed the material on the enclosure to a semi-opaque silvery covering which is nicer for pictures that the previous netting.

The only down-side of the display is that the butterflies get pretty beat up over time.  Many of the specimens here had tattered wings so, you had to be pretty choosy when looking for a good subject.  When you add this to the fact that they aren’t the most cooperative photo models, it makes the need for patience even more important.  Oh well, as they say, nothing worth having is easy.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/8 – 1/320 sec – ISO 250

#macro #butterfly #closeup #ChattahoocheeNatureCenter #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Fading away

This weekend seemed like a great time to go out and find some beautiful flowers to shoot.  I made my way out and the first place I stopped was full of one after another examples of flowers past their prime.  I thought at first that the day was going to be a bust.  Then I remembered that decay is sometimes equally if not more interesting than things that are fresh and beautiful.

I came across this patch of coneflowers that were faded and tattered but still, the patterns were so cool.  The heads of the flowers grab your attention with all that detail.  With a little additional fading out of the edges, this whole thing just seemed to make a statement.  Maybe this is just another lesson in learning to appreciate what’s right in front of you rather than looking for something else and being disappointed when you don’t find it.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
200mm @ f/10 – 1/125 sec – ISO 200

#macro #coneflower #closeup #fading #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Gladness

Yes, these gladiolas make me glad.  I still have to stake them up to keep them off the ground but the flowers are gorgeous.

I tried out a new editing package (Smart Photo Editor) on this and like the effects.  Still learning how to use this but hopefully, it will give me some additional creative options.  You never know when something different will inspire you.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/8 – 1/320 sec – ISO 400

#macro #Gladiolus #closeup #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Checking out the flowers

I have been happy to see lots of bees around my yard this year.  We keep hearing that their numbers are way down because of pestacides and other human interference.  I guess lots of rain and warm weather counteracts us to some extent.  In any case, they seem to be pretty abundant and happy with all the flowers that are blooming now.  Hope that’s a good sign!

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/8 – 1/320 sec – ISO 400

#macro #ButterflyBush #BumbleBee #closeup #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron