Playing around 2

by Heike September. 16, 2018 765 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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Oppuku Chappani 10 months, 1 week ago

Great set! Love the BW renderings.

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Jane Arrietty 11 months, 3 weeks ago

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

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Ho Kim 12 months 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

12 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Ho Kim 12 months 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 !

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Heidi Egerman 1 year 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.

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Heike Replied to Heidi Egerman 1 year 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.

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Greg Blaney 1 year ago

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

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Heike Replied to Greg Blaney 1 year 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.

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Antonio Gil 1 year 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

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Heike Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year 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

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Antonio Gil Replied to Heike 1 year ago

Same problem here smile

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Shane Coleman 1 year ago

I really like the mystery of the dark / low key flower photos. Kudos!

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Heike Replied to Shane Coleman 1 year ago

Thanks Shane ! I'm happy you like them. grinning

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Camellia 1 year 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 --- 
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 :)

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Heike Replied to Camellia 1 year 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.

1 year ago Edited

#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

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Heike Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year 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

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Ram Ya 1 year ago

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

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Heike Replied to Ram Ya 1 year ago

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

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Bethany Plonski 1 year ago

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

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Heike Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year ago

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

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Berckmans Peter 1 year ago

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

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Heike Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year ago

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

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Francesc 1 year ago

Wonderful set ...Amazing macros

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Heike Replied to Francesc 1 year ago

Thanks Francesc ! Have a nice evenig ! blue heart

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