Texas Bluebonnets (Texture)


Its super hot in Texas these days anywhere from 100-105 degrees. Glad we have air condition! Spring goes by fast here and this is a shot from our last bluebonnet season. I’m just hoping it cools down soon. Stay Cool!!

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Flower Art

Just a little photo fun I had with a flower from my wife’s Mother’s Day bouquet!  Not sure what type of flower this is…but I like it!  Added a texture to give a different look.  I just put the flower in a beer glass (stem was tall), set two strobes up left and right, then on my tripod shot with my 105mm Marco lens.  Simple and easy!  Have fun!

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!

Johnson City, Texas – Bluebonnets

It is spring in Texas…this means wildflower season!  At this time of year hopefully you can find bluebonnets all over.  Unfortunately, this year in Austin they are hard to find!  Sometimes when we do not get enough rain..or this year it may have been too cold near spring..it can affect the amount of flowers.  We can see small patches near our house here and there…but not enough to take the traditional family shot with.  On Saturday we decided to take a drive to Fredericksburg, then up to the Willow City Loop.  The Willow City Loop is a 13 mile scenic drive through the hill country canyon area that is a hot spot to see wildflowers.  We made the drive (my first time) and saw only a few small patches…so sad!    During our drive up through Johnson City…we did see our biggest patch yet and on the drive back…we stopped and took a few pics!  They are lovely flowers and this shot was done up with the Pixel Bender plug-in for CS5.  Its free and I love using it on flowers and landscape…this is the oilpaint option.  Enjoy spring wherever you may be…hope some flowers are popping up!!

Flower Power

In the past few weeks I have been having fun adding textures to my shots.  I was doing some portraits and decided to add a few and they looked great!!  I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder…but for some reason, I really enjoy looking at a photograph with a texture(s) added.  Its like art!   Take a flower shot..add a texture and it is instant art to hang on your wall!   It is very easy to do in Photoshop.  You cannot go wrong with textures and flowers!! I have built a nice collection of textures and enjoy this type of post processing.

I know like every other style, you can go crazy, so I always try to limit myself…but the outcome of adding textures is addicting!! LOL  This shot above was a nice Daisy photo…and I added three textures.   Spring is just a few months away!!  Hope it gets here soon!!

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

A Splash of Spring

Spring is here…hopefully in your area!  As I am not a flower expert…I am not sure what type this wonderful yellow guy is?  I need to get back into macros flower shots…been a while since I last took a few!   I have been traveling tons recently…I basically missed Texas Wildflower season here.  Time to hit our local gardens!!  Have a sunny day!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 105 VR f/2.8 Macro
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 105.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/320 second
  • Aperture:  f/9.0
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4