20 Aug 18 Going with an approach I've never done before and selecting a single topic for the entire week (flowers) and sharing all the variations of the image at once. I'm sticking with the single topic for sure and will decide, based on feedback, if I go with all 6 variations for the rest of the week. As some of you are aware, I'm a big fan of Kathleen Clemons, whom I consider the best fine art flower artist in the country. I'm no match for her work, but her work certainly does inspire me! It's dahlia time out where we live and our local dahlia association, the Kitsap County Dahlia Society, has several display gardens in full bloom. Two are close to us, and the one in Silverdale is in peak bloom. The weather hasn't been the best with lots of smoke contaminating the air, but we've managed to make three attempts at capturing some of the blossoms and had some success this year. So far I've take just under 350 shots, culled from that group 40 DI candidates,from which I will share 5 different ones throughout the week. This first in the series is titled Up Close with the other 5 images being creative versions of it. If you live in the area, or even close, you owe it to yourself to check out the nearest garden.
The base image was given a tiny cropping on the left edge but that's all. The other 5 creative versions were all created using the Topaz plug-ins, Simplify 4, Glow 2, Impression 2, and Palette Effects from Blake Rudis. This will hold constant throughout the week. Up Close ISO 320; 1/1250 sec @ f / 9 with the 105mm macro.