Words of rage, when unleashed
Can shake you to the core
Scorpions stinging might hurt less
Words end up hurting more
(Image: Scorpion at Stratford Butterfly Park, UK)
Ever seen photos with just a little splash of color while the rest of it is in grayscale? It’s a neat little trick photo-editors use to make certain elements of the image ‘pop’. I have tried using it successfully for quite some time now but the results still never fail to mesmerize me. All you do is use the ‘Select tool’ to make a clean selection of the region you want to keep, ‘Inverse’ your selection to select the area that needs to be converted to gray, and using a ‘Desaturation Mask’, bring the saturation levels all the way down. Here is a little example to show my point. Do give this a try and let me know how yours turned out!
What can I say? I’m a sucker for pretty flowers (and all flora in general) and I love photographing them. It’s no coincidence that every one of my digital albums has a few (if not hundreds of) shots of these wonderful creations. Macro floral shots are my weakness and I don’t let any opportunity go to waste. Moreover, I don’t let the fact that I don’t own a DSLR stand in my way either; I’m perfectly happy clicking away with my Sony Cybershot DSC-W130. Some photos do require minor touch-ups and I let Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 take care of these.
Oh how I’d love to get myself a good DSLR, but a new (expensive) camera isn’t on the cards right now; supporting a hobby is more like a second priority at the moment. Till then, I’m happy with my point-and-shoot and on most occasions, am satisfied with how the photos turn out (although I’d like to have more control on the specific parameters – shutter speed, focus, aperture, etc.). Feel free to enjoy my humble efforts.
Interestingly, these photos were taken at an outdoor birthday party (1st birthday, to be precise). I ended up taking photos of everything but the birthday boy himself. A fun-filled day spent with family and friends, it sure was a one-of-a-kind birthday. Moreover, it was a good day for getting close to nature.
Here’s what I ended up with. Enjoy!