Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Since I was given my lovely SLR camera in July I have looked at the world with a different view.  Everywhere I go I see textures, shapes, colours and opportunities.   I have bought digital photography magazines and been on a short “Get to Know your Camera” course.   Not only do they show you how to get the best out of your camera, it is clear that photo editing runs parallel.   Initially I found this hard to grasp, I thought a really good photo was created by  getting the focus, aperture and exposure right, among other things.   This assumption was completely wrong and with so many photo editing programs I have found  some fantastic, interesting and original results can be had.    Adobe Photoshop is on my Christmas list, but until then I will be using Picasa and Picnik, learning by trial and error and having great fun playing around with the effects.

When I was washing up this morning, I looked out of the kitchen window and thought that although everything is turning brown and shrivelling up, there are still some great shots to be taken.  I have played around with the ones I liked and these are the results.   Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and little photographic touching up can enhance the beauty.

First – the fennel really needs to be cut down, but the seed heads still look very pretty.

The Astilbe is still standing proud and will dry out and be like that all through the Winter.  It is one plant that I will leave until the Spring.

The light was still murky this morning, but the flash didn’t go off, and by magic the Rudbeckia had a black background, this time without me having to photo edit the photo.

The Michaelmas Daisies have  lovely tangled dried flower heads.

I took several photos of dried brown and crinkly leaves.  This leaf below is from the Clematis that grows along the wall that faces my kitchen window and it was these leaves that brought me out into the garden this morning.    I just love the texture on this leaf.

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15 thoughts on “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

  1. Hi,
    Indeed beauty is in the eye of the beholder – everything has beauty in it and is one of the very reasons I don’t chop plants back over winter, not only do they add some form of interest but also give something to photograph during the winter months especially with snow or frost on them.
    Programmes like Photoshop can definitely be a good thing; it’s knowing when you’re going too far which is the key to successful images. In general I suggest to stay well away from any ‘artistic’ effects and play only with curves and saturation. By all means play around with the artistic effects, just to see what they do but be careful with their use :D I don’t think I’ve touched them since I first started using photoshop back when I was 13/14!

  2. Really lovely sensitive shots. I think we are on a similar journey and photography is a lovely companion to me too these days.LOve your thoughts on it all too thanks. Enjoy:~)

  3. I love photoshop and subscribe to a photoshop blog. Recently there was a post, something along the lines of thirty great flower shots, and what I noticed: none of them were great. The colors phenomenal, focus clear, forms beautiful…but they were all photoshopped to death and missed that elusive something. The something that changes a photograph from a record of an image to an image.

    Photoshop is a tool, but the eye is yours, good luck, beautiful pictures, Robin

  4. Great photos Ronnie, I’m a big fan of photographing the dead and dying in the garden, it is so often really beautiful. I use Photoshop Elements, which doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that the full Photoshop does, but is a lot cheaper. If you decide you want to go the whole hog and do some serious photo manipulation then Photoshop will probably be worth it, though I think you’d then need a stylus and graphics pad for the fine manipulation. Am really enjoying watching you develop as a photographer, you inspire me to do more with my own camera.

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