28 Apr 17 Among the flowers I find most interesting is the trillium Trillium grandiflorum. I think it is mis-named as trillium refers to a set of three, but look closely at the plant and you see multiple sets of three: three large leaves, three smaller leaves, three petals, six stamen (2 sets of three) and a three lobed stigma. Perhaps a more accurate name would be hexa-trillium. Just my weird perspective on things perhaps, but the single trillium seems wasted on the beautiful plant. Most of the ones with which I'm familiar around here start out white but turn a deep burgundy as they age. There are some that are always burgundy but I've not seen them where we live. This flower is right alongside the edge of our driveway and is one of only three plants I've found so far on the property. They don't propagate rapidly and I'm always concerned that an over zealous gardener might wack them down along with other plants encroaching the drive but so far they've survived. Someday I'd like to see the entire length of the drive from the street to our "y" adorned with them. Today's image is a first for me in two ways: first, I used the new 200mm macro outdoors for the first time, and second in that I used a new program to create it. The program, called Topaz Studio, is free and you can download a beta version should you desire. It will remain free for life and the base program is reasonably capable. However, to really exploit it you will want to purchase "adjustments" to fully implement it. I wrote about this a couple weeks back so I won't repeat myself again now. However, I will say this, for those of you who would like a Photoshop-like program, and one sans any subscription fees, as well as more potential for the photographer, this might be the program for you. I mentioned Affinity Photo back in January, this is another in the same class and I believe it has even more potential. This is of course from Topaz and some of you have asked ever so often about purchasing one or more of the plug-ins I use from that company. Currently, if you get this beta, and do a bit of playing with it, you can get everything Topaz offers as "adjustments" and the limited time discounted cost is c$70. If you've been waiting to purchase some of the Topaz products, I would strongly encourage you to go this route. This link may prove helpful for any of you considering such.
The base image was opened in Studio, I applied a single adjustment called precision contrast and that was it. Nikon D300s; 200 mm macro; ISO 200; 1/25 sec @ f / 20 on a tripod.