Right now this is the most fragrant part of our property. As you approach this flower bed you are hit by a wall of fragrance wafting from the white and pink peonies. They are so lush and heavy it is impossible for them to remain upright, inspite of our efforts to support them.
I have a couple of shots of this area of our garden (poor shots - because it was very hot and as my forehead perspired my glasses fogged up and I was too lazy to find kleenex to wipe my brow and glasses so I could make the required adjustments - blah, blah, blah - but you get the idea of the setting from which I gather my peonies) and then a few creative manipulations where I apply some of my home-made textures to these gorgeous specimens. Talk about gilding the lily!
Below are some of my 'artistic' edits of these peonies. Since I have noticed that people sometimes like to identify their favorites, I will number them to make it easier for you. :) You can click on the images for a larger view.
1. Sharpened and a Filter adjustment - no texture.
2. Some adjustment for light and the addition of a texture with French script describing a love affair.
3. A different texture and adjustments to give a bit of a painterly feel.
4. Cut peonies lying in my studio. A texture (presently offered as a free download HERE) blended in Screen mode in PS.
7. A different texture of mine with French script. (You can download this one for free on my other blog.)
8. Here are 'spent' peonies. I have discovered that faded, old flowers make fabulous subjects for photo art. This is a dark texture, but blending alters away much of the darkness, leaving only textured interest.
9. Another of my textures made with my own photographs and material downloaded for free from The Graphics Fairy.
Happy Father's Day
to all the dear Dads out there!