Daily Image - Dec 2011 Archive - sonofjohan
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19 Dec 11.  Hard to believe that we have just 10 images to go to finish off year 6; so I guess we should move to some seasonal related images which means that I need to get busy and make some. I'll start today with one of a poinsettia, a flower that I always considered to be a house plant prior to our second tour in the Navy when we were in El Toro, CA and saw huge hedges of the plant hugging the sides of many buildings. It almost took away the Christmas specialness of the plant, but was indeed a beautiful sight to see nonetheless. I still like to do tabletop or nursery shots of the plant, and this image originated in a local nursery where we took one of the grand daughters to see both Christmas decorations in addition to a camel, a donkey, and two reindeer who are annually on display. The animals didn't do much and she was less than impressed, but on other visits they have put on a bit of a show. So while the animals were a bit of a disappointment, the displays were not and I found several things to shoot. This image, which is one of them, has been edited a bit starting with some basic color adjustment in ACR for the background layer, then that duped for cropping and some simple cleanup. That layer was duped and taken into a filter for some effects and then masked to work on some brightness equalization, and finally that layer was duped, reduced to 50% of normal, and combined with the layer below employing a luminosity blend. Then it was flattened to give you what you are seeing, a somewhat more exciting poinsettia than that with which I started. ISO 200; 1/160 sec @ f / 5.6.

19 Dec 11. Hard to believe that we have just 10 images to go to finish off year 6; so I guess we should move to some seasonal related images which means that I need to get busy and make some. I'll start today with one of a poinsettia, a flower that I always considered to be a house plant prior to our second tour in the Navy when we were in El Toro, CA and saw huge hedges of the plant hugging the sides of many buildings. It almost took away the Christmas specialness of the plant, but was indeed a beautiful sight to see nonetheless. I still like to do tabletop or nursery shots of the plant, and this image originated in a local nursery where we took one of the grand daughters to see both Christmas decorations in addition to a camel, a donkey, and two reindeer who are annually on display. The animals didn't do much and she was less than impressed, but on other visits they have put on a bit of a show. So while the animals were a bit of a disappointment, the displays were not and I found several things to shoot. This image, which is one of them, has been edited a bit starting with some basic color adjustment in ACR for the background layer, then that duped for cropping and some simple cleanup. That layer was duped and taken into a filter for some effects and then masked to work on some brightness equalization, and finally that layer was duped, reduced to 50% of normal, and combined with the layer below employing a luminosity blend. Then it was flattened to give you what you are seeing, a somewhat more exciting poinsettia than that with which I started. ISO 200; 1/160 sec @ f / 5.6.

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