Dahlia Daze Too

Every time I go to the Dahlia Farm, I pass this very cool old tractor advertising tomatoes…today the conditions were right so I had to stop and photograph it. I knew in advance that I was going to make this one abstract. I captured the image with a Nikon AF 16mm fisheye lens using five frame bracket in one stop increments, handheld. Next I ran the five images through Photomatix Pro to blend the exposures. I used Photoshop plug-ins NIK Color Efex Pro 3.0 to finish the image giving it that surreal look. Finally, I took the image into OnOne PhotoFrame 4 to add a custom frame and the final result….

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Once I arrived at the Dahlia Farm, I took my fisheye into the fields trying to capture a different look…

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This morning was overcast which was a nice contrast from a couple of days before. I love overcast days for photographing Dahlias. The large softbox in the sky provides a very nice, diffused light. I simply exposed for the flower, added a flash dialed way back to minus to remove the color cast and the results…

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Having photographed dahlias so many times, I was looking for a different approach…so, I added all three Kenko extension tubes to my Nikon AF 200mm micro to get even closer so I could photograph the small world reflected in a water drop…

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Dahlias are so brightly colored that you normally don’t think of B&W but, their graphic patterns make for great B&W subjects. I photographed the flower in color and using NIK Silver Efex Pro 3.0, I converted this image to B&W…

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There’s nothing like a great morning shoot followed by a creative session in the digital darkroom to get my engines revved up! Summer time is flower time so, what are you waiting for….get out and smell (photograph) the roses!

Images Captured with Nikon D3X, AF 200mm f4 Micro on Lexar Digital Media. Finished using NIK and OnOne plug-in filters. (Use the discount codes to the right for a savings when you purchase NIK or OnOne software)