18 Nov 16. A different approach for this week's macro/close-up Friday. Those of you who read the technical stuff in the second paragraph know that I use a lot of plug-ins from a company called Topaz Labs. Each month this company hosts generally three one hour webinars (web based seminars) given by recognized professionals in the field on the use of their products. Often the presenters make materials available to the viewers as part of their demonstrations/discussions. A few weeks ago one of the presenters made available a couple textures that she had created and which she was demonstrating. One of them really caught my eye and I have employed it to create the image I'm sharing today. In our front landscaping are two groups of two each of a plant called Bodinier Beautyberry. We purchased them for their fall color; not in the leaves but in the berries. Purple in color, they look exactly like the plastic poppit beads that were all the rage in the 50s and 60s during our youth. When we first saw this plant we really couldn't believe our eyes thinking they were fake but they aren't and are a wonderful addition to the front landscaping. If you've never seen this plant in person, ask your local nursery folks to show you one next time you visit, preferably this time of the year when the berries are at their best.
This image is a small section from the original shot and rotated 90 degrees. I then modified it using Topaz Impression 2 and a texture called bold. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 500; 1 / 250 sec @ f / 6.3.