Wimmera Wildflowers: a lunchtime scramble

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Recently my dear friend Lex drove me out to a local haunt she knows of, where native orchids grow. After twenty minutes’ hurtling along sandy tracks in her Toyota Prado, we arrived at an unassuming clearing where she assured me many wonders were soon to be revealed. As it turned out, she was right. (That’s her, taking a photo of a very tiny orchid, which you can see in slightly greater detail at top right.)

We leapt out of the vehicle, then scrambled along at a harried pace with eyes glued to the ground (me in inappropriate Italian Leather shoes which made me feel rather like I was running in sand dunes on tiptoe, being unprepared for the excursion when I dressed for work that morning), tripping over jutty-outy-bits (not me so much, since I was being extra-careful how I trod), laughing and screeching and generally scaring the wildlife.

The wildflowers were oblivious to our shrieks, though, which was just as well. Regrettably, however, they wouldn’t keep still in the light breeze, so I struggled to get things in focus.

Can you name any of these flowers? Please click image to view full size.



Vintage Botanica

While editing photos from a wedding I attended yesterday, I wondered how to make the flower images – shot in very low light conditions under a marquee – more interesting.

The image of roses in a blown-glass vase against a dark background, above, had some vignetting applied in Picasa, then a colour effect and border applied in Pixlr-o-matic.

The image above was quite unremarkable, until I tried applying the infrared effect in Picasa; suddenly, it reminded me of early photographic processing styles I had seen in books. I scaled back the filter, so that some colour remained, then applied an effect in Pixlr-o-matic to warm the colours slightly.

Another unremarkable image in colour, the bokeh behind the rosebud, above, was what caused me to keep this image despite there being no single point of clear focus.

Finally, the grainy black and white shot – also unfocussed – is straight out of the camera. I kept it because I like how the grain works in low-light photos where there is good contrast between the light subject and the dark background.