June 2013 Flowers – DxO Edition

Pink and white geraniums
Pink and white geraniums

This seems the opportune time to continue with my 2013 flowers photographs. And what do you know, all of these are also treated in DxO Pro 9.

Mind you, these are not fantastic photos, but as the snow is falling, the temperatures are falling, and my eyelids are falling, this quick post will serve as the gateway for things to come.

Pink geraniums
Pink geraniums

This year we had an interesting mix of geraniums. Aside the red we usually get, we also had other shades. Some you’ve seen documented earlier in the year in blog posts showcasing photos from my Samsung Note II.

These are some of the earliest photos I took, as we had a late Spring.

Yellow mini Petunia and blue Phlox
Yellow mini Petunia and blue Phlox
Purple-pink Phlox
Purple-pink Phlox

This next flower always gets me scrambling for the name, and then gives me a surprise when I find it. It’s a Cranesbill Geranium. This is a perennial in my yard, and it does well every year.

Cranesbill Geranium
Cranesbill Geranium

All of these photos have excellent detail which probably does not come through in the sizes used in the blog. Here’s and example.

Cranesbill Geranium
Cranesbill Geranium

Columbines, some native and some from Michigan, are some of the earliest flowers to bloom.

Columbine
Columbine

Also offering decent detail . . . 

Columbine
Columbine

Perhaps a view not often showcased . . . 

Columbine
Columbine

As usual, I will mention the SmugMug Gallery (HERE) where one can go and enjoy some of the detail. 

I know full well few will click on the link, but as an incentive, here’s what you are missing . . .

This next shot is a crop of a larger photo.

Blue Spruce
Blue Spruce

This next photo is at about 60% of actual resolution of the above crop . . . 

Blue Spruce
Blue Spruce
Blue Spruce
Blue Spruce

And this is the 1:1 resolution of the above crop (meaning, if you go to SmugMug, and choose “original” size, this is what you see).

Blue Spruce
Blue Spruce

All of those are from the same photo. This next one is from a different photo.

Blue Spruce
Blue Spruce

So, those are not technically (or actually) flowers. Let me continue with the columbines.

Columbine
Columbine

Now, these are from the plants we had in Michigan. They don’t grow as well here, as they should have already covered the area where they are planted, but they have been coming back every year for nine years. I’ll take what I can.

Columbine
Columbine

As I was snapping away, a big ole cloud swung by to put the area in the shade, so these next ones were shot using a fill-flash (hence the shine – which you can’t see here, but would in SmugMug).

Columbine
Columbine
Columbine
Columbine
Columbine
Columbine

I prefer natural light . . . and here are some daisies in natural light.

Daisy
Daisy
Daisy
Daisy

How about some Verbena?

Verbena
Verbena

Verbena is difficult to depict. The intense color tends to wash out, losing details of the texture.

. . . let me go back to the daisies . . . 

Daisies
Daisies
Daisies
Daisies

Let me try the Verbena one more time . . . 

Verbena
Verbena

They just don’t look right . . . 

Oh, this year we had a number of colorful Petunias (there will be more in future posts).

Petunia
Petunia
Petunia
Petunia
Petunia
Petunia

When I hear, say, or think Petunia, I am instantly reminded of the Three Stooges. Old fogies will know why.

These are a dark purple, and they have these smoke-gray hues or textures. Maybe it’s just the light hitting them just right, but regardless of what they are, they are difficult to photograph.

Petunia
Petunia
Petunia
Petunia
Petunia
Petunia
Petunia
Petunia

Here’s another geranium, also a slightly different color than what I’m used to.

Geranium
Geranium

In honor of The Three Stooges, one last shot of Petunias.

Petunia
Petunia

As I said before, DxO Pro does not mess with the photos a whole lot. These are pretty close to how they look out of the camera, with minimal adjustments in brightness, exposure, contrast, sharpening, and other such basic stuff one needs to do when shooting RAW.

I like these better than the normal processing I do, which looks good when I’m working with it, but when shown in a gallery it can looks overdone. 

As I said . . . might be worth going to the SmugMug Gallery HERE.

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Abstract Fear
Abstract Fear

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