Week 2 of my flower-a-week blog already. Wow, that flew by!

This week, I have been getting more comfortable with some new software from Topaz called Topaz Texture Effects 2. It allows me to process my flower shots further and get a more painterly effect. I never could get to grips with paint and brushes so this is one way I can create ‘art’. Not that I plan to move away from straight, clear, sharp flower shots but this is a different way to try to convey how the flowers look to me – as delicate, fragile things that have some kind of mysterious or ethereal quality.

This particular shot was taken in a walled garden at an old stately home just a few miles down the road – Elvaston Castle. I grew up in the village just down the road and spent a lot of time there in my childhood. It’s nice to be able to go back as an adult and see it all in a whole new way.

Anyhow – less rambling and more pictures 🙂 For this weekly blog, I am posting both the ‘before’ and the ‘after’ shot. You may prefer one or the other, or like me, you may like both for different reasons. Or perhaps you don’t like either. That’s the thing with art – one man’s delight is another’s disaster.

Until next week . . .


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In light of all of the political debate flying around, I thought it may be time to start the project I have had in mind for some while now: a weekly flower photo blog. In theory, I will post a photograph for each week of the year – whether or not that will work in practise is yet to be seen!

My aim throughout the year is to build in both my knowledge of photography techniques, and my knowledge of flowers – both the garden variety and the wild flowers we see out on walks locally. I am sure there will be some interaction with software and further learning curves too.

So, here goes with week 1: Moon daisies in the morning light.