This is the fourth installment in my short series related to the Flowers Macro Contest Mike Moats is running. No, I am not affiliated with Mr. Moats, and don’t even know the man.
I am, however, trying to motivate people into entering the contest. As a reminder, you have until May 5th to send in your entry. The requirement for the entries is they be no larger than 600 pixels on the largest side. If you do not happen to have Lightroom, Aperture, or Photoshop, I can recommend a program I sometime use to resize photos. The program is called FastStone Photo Resizer, and it is FREE for personal use.
So far I’ve covered Easter Lilies, Salsify flowers, and Roses. This post covers a broader variety of garden flowers.
The process of choosing a worthy photo for submission is one that involves many side debates . . . is it better to present the tried and true, or the unusual? Even after making the choice, you are still left with “natural’ or “creative” presentations options.
Take Cone Flowers . . . I’m guessing a large portion of submissions will include Cone Flowers.
So, how does one go about making one’s own photos stand out against a sea of other excellent offerings?
Post-processing, of course!
Meh . . . let me try something else . . .
. . . hmm . . . maybe something that punches you in the face!
Say! . . . Poppies are both punchy and interesting!
On the other hand, there’s something to be said about simplicity, the familiar, the recognizable . . . like a Daisy!
. . . maybe punching it up a tad is not too bad an idea . . .
Now, were I to pick the flowers I photograph more than any other flower, it would be Geraniums.
But, I think they suffer from their commonality . . .
I know! Dahlias! They are varied enough, showy enough, and gosh darn, they just look good!
And, they do look striking when one plays around with some filters . . .
But sometimes presenting the flower without tweaks makes for a striking enough photo.
Still, there is something to be said for the unusual . . . Delphiniums fit the bill because they have a unique look, and striking color.
Add a bit of punch and a border, and you have yourself a potential candidate.
Of course, one can certainly lean toward combining Dusty Miller with Petunia, and call it a day . . .
Hmm . . . what was that about Cone Flowers?
Waa-a-ay too dark and foreboding.
Here’s what they look like as babies.
And before you know it, they are teens . . .
Soon they enter their 20s . . .
. . . and breeze into their 30s . . .
Around their 40s they begin to put on some weight . . .
In their 50s they make sure you only look at them from the front, minimizing the ‘bulge’.
But, by their 60s they just don’t care any more.
Why, they even let everyone walk all over them!
Of course, I cannot use those shots . . . the contest specifically says ‘flowers only’.
Too bad, too, because I have a few nice shots of bees on Cone Flowers.
I’ll have another post tomorrow, but in the meantime amma gonna take a break and do some writing.
. . . and if you’ve not begun gathering your favorite flower macros, you should do so; don’t wait until the last minute.
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