I have the pleasure of knowing some of the most talented photographers in the area. I try and poke them with a stick once in awhile to send me a photograph with a little write up so you the reader can get a different perspective other than just hear me ramble on about my misadventures.

Well my stick poking finally paid off and I want to show you a great photograph. This was taken my Ginny Diehm. She is a talented photographer behind the lens as well as behind the computer. This is one of those photos that could probably hang in a gallery with other pieces of artwork. Here is what Ginny had to say about this piece…

This is a photo I took at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.  Longwood encompasses 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows.  They have over 11,000 types of plants and more fountains than any other garden in the U.S.  It’s a magnificent horticultural showplace.  We were fortunate that our particular visit took place during Lily Week.  Besides all the other plants, the Conservatory contained literally thousands of lilies.  This is a photo I took of a simple glass bowl of lilies.  It was shot at 35mm and cropped, Exposure 1/100 and an f/stop of f/11.  ISO 400.  I used the Fractalius filter, added a layer mask to remove the Fractalius filter from the bottom two lilies and also remove it from the pistal and stamen on all of the flowers.  I thought it would make the photo a bit less ethereal.  I then opened a non destructive dodge and burn layer to bring out some detail on the two flowers that were not affected by the Fractalius filter.  If you ever have occasion to be near Chester County Pennsylvania, Longwood Gardens is a photographer’s dream!

Great job, Ginny! If you have any comments for Ginny, please add them below.

Until next time…

Keep Your Glass Clean


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