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Handheld Petunia Blur

A couple of weeks ago while I was out running some errands I passed a beautiful flower garden at the entrance to a golf course. The garden was full of various colored Petunias and other annual garden flowers. Since I usually have my camera with me I couldn’t resist the temptation to pull the car off on the shoulder and shoot some blurs. The sunlight was very harsh. It was about 12 noon without a cloud in the sky. I quickly put my polarizing filter and 3-stop neutral density filter to bring my exposure times down to a second or so. Using a variety of camera movements I spent about half an hour creating several different blurs. Shooting blurs is kinda like opening presents on Christmas morning – you never know what you’ll get.

Handheld pan blur of Petunias and Celosia

The Gerbera Daisy image below were shot on the dining room table with my 105 mm macro lens and exposure times of roughly 15 seconds. While exposing the blossom I simply jiggled the stem of the flower.

Gerbera Daisy blur

The next image of the same Gerbera Daisy is an artistic rendering of an in focus blossom. I applied a touch of zoom blur in photoshop and then selected the psychedelic preset from Topaz Labs Adjust 4 and tweaked the settings with the sliders to get the desired effect.

Gerbera Daisy Artistic Rendering

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Crocus close-up

Now that some warmer weather has finally arrived the spring flowers have begun to bloom quite rapidly. It is always a joy to see the crocuses blossom even thought they are short lived. One of my favorite woodland flowers that blooms inĀ  the early spring is Sharp-lobed Hepatica. The small clusters of blossoms adorn the leaf litter on the forest floor like no other wildflower I know. When I processed the two images in the post I decided to play around a little with Nik Software’s Color Efex filters. I used the “Vignette Blur” filter on both these images keeping what I feel are the essential parts of the blossoms sharp and letting the rest of the composition blur to a soft dreamy look.

Sharp-lobed Hepatica

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