It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet.... As Ichabod jogged slowly on his way, his eye... ranged with delight over the treasures of jolly autumn. ~Washington Irving, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

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.

7 comments:

Brian Miller said...

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

Flower Freak said...

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

Barbee' said...

What fun! I especially like the pale pink copy.

thecrazysheeplady said...

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

Madeline's Album said...

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

Madeline's Album said...

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

Nancy Kay said...

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