Today's image is a composite of photos done in Photoshop. Each flower, fern and leaf was taken from one of my photos (except for the borrowed blue flowers and butterfly) and added individually to the image.
Here is the same image given a little texture using the online photo editor Lunapic. I hope you enjoyed my work today.
Today's photo is the backside of a dandelion head that has gone to seed. I took this shot because I thought it would be interesting to see a photo from a different perspective and I wasn't disappointed. I also liked the white seed umbrellas against the grey background, enhancing its soft, fluffy appearance.
What Makes the Fluffy Seed Head?
Dandelion seeds are designed for wind dispersal. The tiny seeds in the center of the puffy ball are attached to the base of the flower. A thin, umbrella-like structure connects the seed to the fluffy hairs on the end. When a gust of wind contacts the seed head the tiny hairs work like an parachute and take flight carrying the dandelion seed with them. They float in the wind until they touchdown and germinate to create a new dandelion plant.
How Did It Get the Name Dandelion Clock?
The dandelion seed head is also known as a dandelion clock. It got this name from the ancient legend that if you blow on the seed head to blow away the seeds the number of seeds that remain represent the number of years you have left to live.
Today's photo is a bee on Lupines. I originally thought it was a honey bee until I saw the backside of the abdomen. It appears this bee is actually a species of cellophane or polyester bee. To learn more about these amazing bees, check out my post on Maine Garden Ideas.
This photo was edited in Lightroom and Photoshop to bring out the colors of both the flowers and the bee. It is a little different than some of my photos, like my wildflower photos, because I was more interested in bringing out the beauty of the image than highlighting the details of the bee and the flowers. It gave this a softer look that I really like.
As a photographer, I find myself walking a thin line when it comes to editing nature photos. For some, accuracy in color and detail is vital, while at other times creating an aesthetically pleasing image is more important. Although I did not drastically change the color of either the Lupine or the bee, I did use highlights and shadows to emphasize the areas I found most interesting.
Here's the same image with some textures added and given a Museum frame. If you are an aspiring photographer, don't be afraid to play with different programs and try different styles until you find something you like. The textures and frame in the above photo were done with a free online program called ipiccy. You can also create some interesting effects with the free online photo editing program Lunapic. (Check out the famous artworks filters, but don't forget to slide the slider to the left to decrease the effect and hit "adjust" before saving the image.)