Category Archives: Lilacs

Join us for a Spring Day in the Country Photo Workshop to hone camera and processing skills.

May 14, 2016  $75 Limit 8

Farmhouse Lilacs

Farmhouse Lilacs

Now that spring has arrived in Michigan there are a lot of photographers who want to dust off their cameras and spend a time honing their camera and processing skills,  while capturing some great spring images. On May 14, 2016, I will be spending the day shooting and going over image processing in the countryside near my home in Chelsea, Michigan.

We will start the day at 9 a.m. with coffee, while going over camera functions, in Chelsea at the old farm house where I live and work. Then we will head out for some close up work. My neighbors raise horses and they have two Friesian foals that we will spend time with.

After a lunch break, we will go over image processing on the images we have shot, then head out for an afternoon shoot.

In the afternoon we will spend time at the Waterloo Farm Museum, where we will spend some of the afternoon shooting the buildings and some close up images. After a couple of hours at Waterloo, we will go back to work on image processing to wind down the day.

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Moon over Lilacs – There’s no place like home

My Midwest art fairs stared on Mother’s day weekend with the Birmingham show last weekend and we were fortunate to have wonderful weather. With the start of the show season I have been working on images from Italy and England most of the week and have had little time to enjoy the start of Michigan’s spring. This morning I went into the kitchen to put on a pot of tea, check out the bird feeders to see who was around and saw the setting moon as the rising sun was lighting the lilac bush in the front yard. The image made me decided that I needed to pull out my camera.

Moon Over Lilacs

Moon over Lilacs – There’s no place like home

As I was taking the image, I was a foot away from the hummingbird feeders and enjoyed the buzzing of a female just inches from my left ear, so I decided to process this image using Topaz Clarity software. In the Nature Collection there is a Hummingbird Wings II preset that I used to make this image pop.

Moon Over Lilacs with a few adjustments in camera raw

Moon Over Lilacs with a few adjustments in camera raw

“For happiness, how little suffices for happiness! The least thing precisely, the gentles thing, the lightest thing, a lizard’s rustling, a breath, a wink, an eye glance—little makes up the best happiness. Be still.” – Nietzsche

Topaz Clarity software the Nature Collection there is a Hummingbird Wings II preset

Topaz Clarity software the Nature Collection there is a Hummingbird Wings II preset

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