On our way to see Baby Girl, The Handsome Surveyor and the boys last week we saw a hillside covered in California Poppies, and I had to stop to make some images.
The hillside was steep, mostly on private property so I was unable to climb the hill to get a better composition. There were power lines going through the scene so after I uploaded the images I took to my digital darkroom aka- Photoshop CC to make some additional improvements in addition to my normal tweaks to white balance, whites, and blacks, and camera/lens corrections. I took out the power line using the spot healing brush, then I cropped the image to remove a big bush and some partially showing trees, and lastly I removed a tree top at the top of the image. So the image went from this…
For some reason the finished image looks a bit washed out here, but not in Photoshop. Hum?
Baby Girl asked for a print of the final image and I wanted one too so, I’m having it printed up. I hope it looks good when they arrive.
I went for a short hike Sunday evening with friends, and found it super cold and windy up in the mountains above the valley floor. There were so many beautiful wildflowers up there, but it was so windy I only made a few images of flowers. Macro photography and wind just don’t play nice with each other.
Nothing to do then, but find a composition and wait for Golden Hour, and hope that the clouds that rolled in don’t block up the sun and we get some color.
My fingers got so cold I couldn’t feel the heat from my hand warmers, and I was having trouble feeling my shutter button. After Golden Hour myself and a friend called it and started back down the hill to the car. About halfway down the colors in the sky popped. I had to stop to photograph it.
I hiked down pretty fast after the sun sunk behind the mountains, and once in my car I cranked the heater as high as it would go, and waited for another friend who drove up with me. She and several others braved the cold and wind further up the trail.
I’m glad I didn’t hike back to the car earlier. I would have missed this!
Nikon Df| Nikkor 17-35mm| Delking Digital Film| Tripod| PS CC 2015 & On1 Photo 10| Single exposure
I’m posting this a bit early because He-Man and I are celebrating our 35th Wedding Anniversary this week-end. No one is more surprised than us that we’ve been married this many years. Time has just flown by!
Regarding this image- I made it last March about this same time when the Lupine was in full bloom up on the mesa.
Our plans for this week-end? He-Man and I are going to celebrate us, and wrap ourselves up in each other, and nature over a long week-end. I’ll be offline until Monday. 🙂
May your Easter Basket be filled to the brim with goodies and love. Happy Easter!
If you don’t celebrate Easter I hope you enjoy the week-end with those you love.
Nikon Df| Nikkor 24mm f/2.8af-d| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| PS CS5 and PS CC 2015