Fractalius Friday!

It’s Friday!   Time a fractalius flower!  One of my favorite artistic plug-ins from Redfield.  Still no filter for the Mac.  I have to use an old PC with the filter on it and transfer files…oh the fun!   Hopefully one day they will jump on the Mac bandwagon!

Fractalius Fire

I was watching the Green Bay vs Eagles football game last nite and I had just put on a log.  The flames grew and I looked over at it and said…hey, I have never taken a fire photo!    I set my tripod up for some HDR’s.  I processed a few..yikes!  They were weird wacky trippy pics!!   So I grabbed one of the exposures and thought why not fractalius it!    I think many of us are having fires going these days at nite….it is even cold in Texas!  =)   Stay warm!

Swallowtail Butterfly

While at Krause Springs in Spicewood, Texas…near the entrance they have a small butterfly garden.  You can find a few fluttering around.  Up on this cool looking plant/flower was this beautiful Swallowtail Butterfly.  The flowers were about 7 feet high so I was using my 105 Macro hand held to try and catch some photos.  He was a bit skittish, but was used to me in about 10 minutes.  The tough part was that it was breezy and these tall flowers were blowing in the wind.  A great challenge photographically!   I tried shooting manual and increased my shutter to 1/250 of a second.  Only a few shots came out.  As it always goes, this was my first photo.   The rest were a bit blurry.  A breeze or wind is a tough one in macro photography.   I was also curious to see how a butterfly works with fractalius and here is an extra version!   Enjoy the doubleshot!

I just grouped all my Fractalius photos together in a gallery on my web site here…  Talke Photography

Austin, Texas – Mayfield Park – Peacock

We have a few cute little parks in Austin, Texas.  This one is called Mayfield Park.  Here you can find some small ponds with water lilies and lots of dragonflies.  What this park is famous for are the 20 or so peacocks that live here!  I took a morning off recently and drove up to the park.  It was my first visit.  I was amazed to see so many peacocks all over!  In trees, walking around, sleeping in the grass!  I only noticed 1 or 2 with feathers and I asked a worker and he told me it was offseason as they lose there feathers at this time.  I had hoped to catch a peacock with its feathers spread wide and proud.  No luck.  My only choice was close up shots.  These dudes are used to people….it was pretty easy.  I added a little Fractalius to this guy for a cool effect!

I checked the website and found this info…I’ll head back in late February!

  • Winter – The long tail feathers grow out on the adult males.
  • Late winter/Spring – The peacocks start fanning their tails to court the females. This starts around February and continued throughout the spring.
  • Spring – Peahens will sit on their nest of eggs.
  • Late Spring/early summer – The peachicks hatch.
  • Summer – The peacocks loose their long tail feathers (July/early August)


Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – Brookgreen Gardens (Fractalius)

Finally…a shot I have always wanted to try!!!!   The American Bald Eagle is the symbol is the United States of America.   I have always seen shots form other people and was hopeful one day to get mine!  We were in Myrtle Beach for vacation and I had wanted to visit the famous Brookgreen Gardens.  I will post am HDR shot and tell you more details soon.   At Brookgreen there is a small zoo.  I noticed they had Bald Eagles on the list!  Nice!  We arrived and they were in a netted enclosed area.  Ugh!  Tough to shoot through nets!   Then I noticed a hole about 3-4 inches in diameter on the front face of the net (there on purpose)…maybe for people to take photos??  I stuck my big Nikon 70-200 though it (hoodless as it would not fit with the hood)…perfect!  They had a male and female hanging out and I snapped away!!   I love Fractalius and couldn’t wait to see how it would work with a bald eagle! A little photoshop fun…and a cool shot!!  Fractalius is one awesome plug in for photoshop!!  For some reason I always feel so sad for zoo animals…I know they are fed and kept safe, but these magnificent birds should be flying free.

Fractalius Ferns

A little photoshop fun Friday!  I was at Westcave Preserve yesterday in Austin (post and HDR’s coming soon).  By the waterfall there are these wonderful little ferns.  I took this shot knowing that after using the Fractalius Plug-In…they would look cool!    I have downloaded them to my website and added a few colored versions….blue, red, yellow, pink and green available now for IPad wallpapers/prints (link to the right).  All colors look cool!  This is the Turquoise version.

Speaking of Photoshop…CS5 has shipped…I get my copy (maybe today??).  I cannot wait to use the “Content Aware” option!  Look for a review soon!  Have a great one!

Fractalius Fun

A litte photoshop fun time!  One of my favorite cool plug in’s is called Fractailus by Redfield-Plugins.  It is wonderful for flowers, animals, some people or whatever you heart desires.  The only sad thing is that it did not transfer to my MAC.  I do not think there are version for the MAC…so I use my old PC to process it.  Here is the original shot…

Very cool.  I took this photograph with Fractalius in mind.  Go out and have fun…art could just be out in your yard or at the local park!  Enjoy!  I’ll skip the settings due to multiple pics. Have fun!