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“Falling” (Ice Crystals on Window) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G, F/4, 1/250s, -0.3EV, ISO 640, Nik Color Efex Pro ‘Bicolor 2’ Filter

What do you do when the outside temperature is 9 degrees F with a windchill factor of -4 degrees F? (Yikes, now that’s cold!)

Well, what I do (still dressed in my striped pajamas, I might add ūüėČ ) is start shooting the ice crystals that have formed on the window panes.¬†

The trick to successfully capturing that feeling of utter cold is to change your camera’s¬†white balance setting to incandescent (this will add a blue hue to the entire image). In post, I pushed the frosty mood further with the addition of a cool-toned bi-color filter.¬†

Brrrrrr… if you need me, I’ll be tucked under the warm covers! ūüôā

It may¬†take me longer than¬†most, but even I can no longer pretend that Autumn isn’t upon us. With that thought in mind, I went searchning for an image with which to say good-bye to summer and hello to fall.

“And the Sun Sets on Summer” (Rudbeckia ‘Gloriosa’ aka Black-eyed Susan) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G, F/7.1, 1/125s, ISO

Yep, that’ll do it. ūüôā

Hidden amongst the larger, more showy blooms in a charming cottage bouquet I brought home last week were sprays of tiny pink Dianthus flowers.

"Smitten" (Dianthus Flower) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/4.8, 1/60s, -1.0EV, ISO 400

Hmmm, how can such a¬†small filler flower draw¬†attention away¬†from the Gerbera’s, white roses and painted daisies? Well, just look at those delicately ruffled petals and¬†dramatically twisted¬†stamens! ūüôā

"Courtship Dance" (Dianthus Flower) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/6.3, 1/8s, -1.0EV, ISO 400, Canvas Texture Overlay

Plus, here was a prime¬†opportunity¬†to pull out my 105mm lens and flex my macro muscles. (Yeah, like I needed a lot of arm twisting… ūüėČ )

"Marry Me?" (Dianthus Flower) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/4, 1/50s, ISO 640, Nik Color Efex Pro 'Duplex' Filter

With late afternoon sun streaming through the windows, I honed in on the stamens and allowed the rest to simply happen.

See? Some stories do have a happy ending! ūüôā

Sometimes, you just can’t look at any more SNOW! ūüôā

To take my mind off of all the wintry weather, I played with a couple of images from our October trip to Walt Disney World that I knew would be perfect for some Nik Color Efex Pro filter action.

“Molten Mickey” (Turn-style Gates at Disney’s Hollywood Studios) Nikon D300, 52mm, F/7.1, 1/200s, ISO 250, Nik Color Efex Pro Detail Stylizer & Bi-Color Filters

Millions of people pass through the¬†turn-styles at Disney’s Hollywood¬†Studios yet few seem to take notice of the¬†fantastic gates on either side, simply adorned with the iconic Mickey Mouse head shape. As we entered the park one morning, the¬†crowds were pretty thick so I knew I’d have to wait for a better opportunity¬†to get the shot I wanted.

Later that afternoon, I got my chance and snapped away. I thought by shooting in b&w, the few people milling about would somehow magically disappear and on the small screen, they did seem to fade into the background. Oh, how I wish that were the case once back home, viewing the images on a larger screen! Sigh.

Nik filters to the rescue! ūüôā

A few clicks of the mouse¬†is all it took to isolate the Mickey shapes from the distracting background. More clicks¬†brought in a¬†punch of amazing color. I’m soooo¬†digging the¬†oozey,¬†molten result… must be my wishful thinking that¬†the blazing heat of the Florida sun will come through my monitor and melt all the snow!¬†I can dream, can’t I? ūüėČ

The second image comes courtesy via the¬†queue area leading to “The Seas with Nemo & Friends” attraction. If you are familiar with the animated film ‘Finding Nemo’ upon which the ride is based then you would completely understand why¬†a large monitor¬†is cycling through various shapes being created by a school of metallic fish. The animation is¬†meant to entertain and delight patrons as they patiently make their way through the line.

I decided to¬†stop and photograph a bird shape that appeared momentarily on-screen, not really thinking I had captured anything particularly interesting. However, seeing it today and being in this ‘filter’ frame of mind, I¬†was fairly pleased once I cross-processed the image¬†to enhance the, ahem, feathers.

“Flight of the Albatross” (Bird Abstract, The Seas with Nemo & Friends attraction, EpCoT) Nikon D300, 70mm, F/2.8, 1/1.6s, -0.3EV, ISO 640, Nik Color Efex Pro ‘Cross-Processing’ Filter

Pretty darn cool, eh? ūüôā

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