As keen as I am to keep the images fresh, there’s one thing to realise – I’m a fair weather photographer. This rain isn’t doing much to build up my library.
The frangipani’s in this photo are somewhat of a celebration. Some years ago we were handed a stick in a pot. We didn’t hold much hope, however several years later (last summer) and the first flowers were produced.
Above all I think this reaffirms that I should strongly consider a macro lens. My stock lens gets in close, but I would love to hone in on the water-drops and magnify them.
In this photo I’ve experimented with Aperture’s brushes to add features selectively, rather than address the entire image. I used them to lighten and add definition to the central flower, while removing features and darkening the surrounding objects.
In truth it was a fair amount of work for little gain. With the huge number of post-processing apps available, you’re best using a preset where all the hard work has been done for you. I’ll probably mess around with this photo again with some apps, especially if the rain keeps up.