I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~Andrew Wyeth

Friday, August 16, 2013

Having fun with a Zinnia

My rugged Zinnias just keep blooming in the garden. Despise the lack of water and the very dry, dog days of summer, they persist.
This morning I took my Nikon D5100 camera outside, with a 105mm macro lens, and took a few shots. Then I had some fun with them in Picasa, a free, online, photo storage program, and transformed them with special effects.
 The beautiful reality

And the taking away of some color.
or the switching of color that focuses on the magical inner world of its center.
Another lovely reality
transformed into a drawing.
And finally the same zinnia... fresh out of the camera
And then... all zoomy in black and white.
This is how I spend a few hours of my retirement each day. It's a magnificent obsession... and so much fun.


  1. oo that last one is kinda like an illusion...you are having fun with your toy...smiles...some lovely flowers...

  2. Love your blog.....and I have camera envy!! LOL The detail is amazing.

  3. What fun! I especially like the pale pink copy.

  4. Zinneas have become my favorite flower. They just bloom and bloom. So pretty :-).

  5. Lovely flowers and great pictures. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  6. What lovely pictures of the flower. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  7. I like the effects you played around with. Nice photo work!!


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