To celebrate Nature Photography Day, I initially was going to Colditz Cove on the Cumberland Plateau. Then I realized that I had plenty of subjects in my own front yard in our wildflower garden. So, about 630am, I proceeded down the steps with a 200 Micro lens, Nikon D4 and my tripod.
At first, I was scouting and taking some rather standard flower shots.
Then I started framing different color flowers in the background for some contrast interest (I also shot some verticals after I shot the horizontals).
Then I played with Focus stacking.. I really liked the bud in front of the bloom.
After an aborted attempt to get a bumblebee in focus in flight ( I didn’t have my flash with me when he flew by), I was about to call it quits. I wasn’t satisfied with what I had shot so far. Just ho hum. Then I stood there looking at the flowers and wondered about using my multiple exposure techniques.
I decided to using the Multiple Exposure Monet technique because the flowers and the garden seemed to be calling out for that type of expression.
I also played with broader strokes of my Monet brush while making the image.
I had a great time and while I was downloading the images from my Nikon D4, I picked up my iPhone and went back out.
First I shot this image.
Then I opened it in ProHDR app on the iPhone and converted it to a sketch>
Then I Imported both to Lightroom and opened them up in Photoshop CS6 as Layers then used a Layer Mask and Opacity to paint in the color of the flower on the sketch. I think it’s cool that you can even see the little ant with the iPhone image.
I hope each one of you enjoyed your shooting during Nature Photography Day. If you haven’t, there is still time. June 15 doesn’t end until midnight!