Open in Photoshop.  Auto contrast, auto color, auto tone–hey, that’s weird.  The auto tone made the blossoms look great, but the background look blue.  So, then I masked out the blossom and used the auto tone on that, but only used the auto contrast and auto color on the background, with just a hint of desaturation.

I love daffodils.  They’re my favorite flower, even though generally I’m not a huge fan of yellow.  But on daffodils, I make an exception.  I’m usually disappointed in my attempts at daffodil photography (they never seem to want to face the camera the right way) but I think I like this shot.  It looks cheerful, like a daffodil should.  🙂

Hidden Picture Image

Here’s a commission I just sent in to Hart McLeod.

Hidden in the image are 12 pictures.  They weren’t supposed to be TOO hard to find, so you should be able to spot them.  A woman, a man, two girls, one boy, one owl, two rabbits, three turtles, and a frog.

Interesting thing about this project.  They told me which hidden elements they wanted to see, but said that the scene was the artist’s choice.  I hate that.  That means I had to figure out an interesting scene and compose it with no guidance or limits.  I love limits.  Contrary to what you’d think, I can be so much more creative if I have defined framework to work in.  Oh well.

Hidden Picture
Luckily, I pulled out this reference photo from my photo collection and used it as my framework.  I took this at the Overland Park Arboretum this fall.  There actually is a pond off the frame to the left, but it isn’t to the horizon like in the drawing.
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