Wednesday, May 27, 2009

"A weed is but an unloved flower."

DAY 135

15 MAY 09

The post title is a quote attributed to American author and poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox. I stumbled across it on when looking for a clever post title. I thought it suited the photo.

We were out looking at more go karts. My husband had just bought another, and I was sitting in the truck, waiting for him to load it on the trailer. Next to the seller's truck were these flowering weeds. If you look closely, you'll see a dark blob near the bottom left -- that's a dandelion.

Anyway, I'm a girl, and girls love flowers. Even though these were weeds, I still thought they were pretty, and wanted to try and get a different photo of them. Instead of going in close as has been my habit lately, I decided to maintain distance and shoot from a lower angle.

I went with black & white for the picture because of the guy's truck. He was parked right behind my subject, and I couldn't get a good angle that didn't include at least the bottom of his vehicle. But it did seem to recede more in the black & white conversion. A little more tweaking in the PS black & white filter gave me that different look like was searching for.

Post-processing: noise reduction, sharpening, curves adjustment, black & white conversion (with some custom tweaking in the Photoshop black & white filter), border addition.