Ahhh… summertime. I love getting up early before the breeze starts and exploring Darlene’s garden with my camera. Last year I captured some awesome images of poppies and lupines. This year her lollypop lilies are putting on a real show. As always I used my polarizing filter to reduce glare from the light surfaces of the flowers. I bracketed my exposures, one at the camera reading and one f-stop up and one down. By doing this I spend very little time in photoshop. All I did in photoshop with these images was adjusted the exposure a slight bit with levels. I did a little cloning to get rid of a few distracting areas. On the bottom images I also used the highlights and shadows adjustment to darken the lilies a little in comparison to the rest of the image. Of course I used photoshop to resize the images for loading to the web.
After a quick look at all the flowers I have shot I have some keepers so I will try to get some more loaded up here soon. In the meantime get out and enjoy the summer blooms, the first frost is not that far away.