Sagebrush – Straight Out of Camera
This is an experiment to try to create an image that was in my mind when I shot this photo. The above image is the base image I captured. The sagebrush seems to blend into the background. I lost the 3D feeling that I had when I saw this bush. I first tried to add structure to the bush and delete structure from the background. That did not achieve what I wanted. I then tried black and white. That merged the brush with the background even more. I then tried to blur the background. That looked to “fakey” to me. I then blended the blurred B&W to the color image to come with the image below.
Sagebrush – Processed
This came the closest to what I saw in my mind.
Snow Mountain Ranch – Wildflowers
This little clump of white and pink wild flowers had a very interesting shape. It kind of looked like a huge clover bloom. The surrounding little yellow wildflowers highlighted the larger white/pink flowers.
Walking through the field of flowers, there were little vignettes everywhere. I would walk a little way, stop, and look around. Almost every time, something caught my eye. No one was around, it was quiet and peaceful. It was a great way to spend my time!
Daisies with Antlers
This clump of daisies (?) jumped out and grabbed me as I was walking by. It looked like the clump had a pair of antlers coming out of it. Old dead sagebrush take on very unusual shapes.
Snow Mountain Ranch – Field of Wildflowers
Like I mentioned in my last post, my objective of this photo excursion was to first enjoy the beautiful day and wildflowers. Then my photographic objective was to collect a series of images that captured the “Grand Landscape” of wildflowers and the area as well as smaller “Intimate Landscape” of flowers, rocks, sage brush, and other interesting objects. This image is somewhere in between. I picked this image because it gave me a feeling of being amongst the wildflowers instead of being apart from them and viewing them against a distant background. I actually was down on my elbows and knees when I took this image with a wide angle lens.