Playing around 2

by Heike September. 16, 2018 1240 views

I have no idea, why I always have the desire to edit my flower photos. Maybe it's this simplicity of flower shots - 'Focus, click et voilà, another beautiful flower photo' - what motivates me, to try to create something different and exceptional, or maybe it's just girls' stuff, like changing the dresses of a doll. However, here are my latest 'creative outpourings'.

I call this photo: The butt of the ant :)

I call this photo: The butt of the ant :)

Well .... and here is a goody - only for you (!) - who looked so patiently at all of this flower pics without yawning ! 😄

I shot this beautiful snowy owl in march during a flight show.

I shot this beautiful snowy owl in march during a flight show.

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Daniel Albrecht 1 week ago

great captures, love the BW style and pictures no. 1 drew my attention right away smiley

1 week ago Edited
Ros Mercury 11 months ago

The no.2 & 10 are the ones I keep going back to look at. Bravo Heike - have a great day.

11 months ago Edited
Oppuku Chappani 1 year, 11 months ago

Great set! Love the BW renderings.

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Jane Arrietty 2 years ago

These are fantaaaastic! I love those different atmospheres. #2, #6 and #8 are my top three. You have eye for editing wink

2 years ago Edited
Ho Kim 2 years, 1 month ago

I love them all but the last three pictures of flowers are definitely eye-catching. I could find quite contrary effects from #9 and #10 but both work very well for me - in fact I tried similar job years ago but what you did here is much more striking, I confess. I'd like to share them here but it will take some time because I have to scan film again to get digital images.I'm kind a curious what you worked for #8. It does look a silver gelatin from the early 19th. Thank you for sharing. smile

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Heike Replied to Ho Kim 2 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for your comment, Ho ! I really would like to see yours !  I editit all the photos first in Lightroom and than I used the NIK Collection from google for further editing. The NIK Collection is a plugin and you can download it for free, since goolgle decided not to develop on it any more.  It's a bundle and includes also Analog Efex Pro, which I used for #8. Have a nice day !

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Heidi Egerman 2 years, 1 month ago

Thes are so fun and beautiful. I too love experimenting with editing and filters,  especially with flowers. They are such willing subjects. I’m partial to monochrome images, but all of thes are great and creative.

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Heike Replied to Heidi Egerman 2 years, 1 month ago

Thank you Heidi. I really love editing. Sadly I don't have the talent to paint, because I have no sense for the correct perspective, therefore editing is a good alternative for me. It's really fun and I love to do it.

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Greg Blaney 2 years, 1 month ago

Love your editing, Heike. Numbers 2 and 7 are especially nice, and course the owl - nice shot!

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Heike Replied to Greg Blaney 2 years, 1 month ago

Thank you Greg ! It's really interesting for me to see, how different the fav's are selected. grinning  
The owl was really a lucky shot, I think,  I already mentioned, that flying birds are really a hard challenge for me, because most of the time, I'm unable to get a sharp photo of them. This owl was just ready for take off, when I pressed the shutter botton. I was really happy about it, when I saw it on my pc.

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 years, 1 month ago

I totally understand your editing desire. I always edit my pictures. Love them all. Great work dear Heike, and the owl is the icing of the cake

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Heike Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 1 month ago

Thank you Antonio. Yep, editing photos is so much fun. It's fascinating, how the whole mood of can be changed, or how you can create a painting from a photo. I can sit hours and doing it - so I always have to curb myself, better not to start with it, when I'm in rush. smile

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Heike 2 years, 1 month ago

Same problem here smile

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Camellia Staab 2 years, 1 month ago

Your edits are really really nice. What impresses me the most is that not one is similar to the other. I tend to get bogged down with one kind of edit and use the same system for the next several photos, but you have done several different ones. #1 & 2 are exceptional in my mind which btw reminded me of a recent video I watched by the photographer Ray Scott ---https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJ2YVgg9aWs&index=11&list=PL-zXnUNhQCBuBNAAu9Gc4mXa85nzY4j8V&t=3s. 
I don't know if its a girl thing or not but I could through those stages of wanting to edit and edit until I am edited out :)

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Heike Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 1 month ago

Thanks Camellia. I like diversity in editing, therefore I always try different ways. Often I have at the end 3 different versions of the origional photo. Thanks for the link, it's really interesting and gave my some new ideas, what I could try next time.

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 1 month ago

#1 - absolut MEINS!
Ich folge einem Fotografen via Twitter, der nur sw-Blüten postet, da bin ich bin auch immer ganz hin und weg. Was mir bei deinem Foto allerdings besonders gut gefällt, sind die Wassertropfen und der Schatten. Beides kommt trotz des konsequenten satten Schwarz wunderbar an - wie Diamanten auf Samt.
Also für mich ist die super "Draufgabe" somit völlig unnötig - ich bin glücklich bis zum Ende gescrollt und dann einfach bei #11 mit offenem Mund vom Stuhl gerutscht ... clap

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Heike Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 1 month ago

Danke Sigrid. Beim Hibiscus habe ich zuerst gezögert, ihn in sw zu konvertieren, denn der ist so tiefrot und sieht schon im Original-Foto so schön samtig aus, das es eigentlich ein Verbrechen ist, die Farbe zu ändern, aber als ich das Ergebnis sah, war ich selber hin und weg. smile

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Ram Ya 2 years, 1 month ago

Heike, all these edits are really amazing!
#1 is my favorite. I love the sharpness and the mystery introduced by your post-processing.

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Heike Replied to Ram Ya 2 years, 1 month ago

Thank you Ram. #1 (the hibiscus) is dark red in origin, it's perfect to convert it into black.

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Bethany Plonski 2 years, 1 month ago

Wow! Would it be crazy to favorite them all? :) These are stunning!

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Heike Replied to Bethany Plonski 2 years, 1 month ago

Fell free smile. Thanks Bethany, glad you like them !

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 2 years, 1 month ago

I go with #2 and #9, two opposites. Please play around more. I like it

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Heike Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 1 month ago

Thanks Peter. Be sure, there will be a 'playing around 3' in some month. smile

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Francesc 2 years, 1 month ago

Wonderful set ...Amazing macros

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Heike Replied to Francesc 2 years, 1 month ago

Thanks Francesc ! Have a nice evenig ! blue heart

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
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