A Spring Favorite
A Mexican Hat wildflower (Ratibida columnifera), AKA Prairie coneflower, Upright prairie coneflower, Red-spike mexican-hat, Long-headed coneflower, Thimbleflower. These colorful flowers appear in many parts of Texas this time of year. Shot with an Olympus E-M1 and M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO. Raw conversion in Phase One Capture One Pro 8.2 via Adobe Lightroom CC 2015. Post processing in Photoshop CC 2015, Google Nik Viveza 2 and Color Efex Pro 4.
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From Texas Wildflowers
A Pair to Compare
Two renderings of a yellow Indian Blanket blossom (Gaillardia pulchella), AKA Firewheel, featuring only narrow streaks of red, usually the predominate color in this Texas wildflower. Shot on the roadside of FM 1864 in Callahan County near Scranton, Texas with an Olympus E-M5, Lumix G 20mm f/2.8 and Olympus MCON-P02 macro converter. Raw conversion in Phase One Capture One Pro 8.2 via Adobe Lightroom CC. Post processing in Photoshop CC. Color version, additional post processing in on1Perfect Effects 9.5 Suite. B&W version, additional post processing in Topaz Adjust 5 and Topaz B&W Effects 2.
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From Olympus OM-D Cameras
A patch of Indian Blanket wildflowers (Gaillardia pulchella) AKA Firewheels on FM 1864 in Callahan County just west of Scranton, Texas. For the past several years this stand of Indian Blankets has included a few less common solid yellow blossoms. This season some of those yellows are sporting red streaks. Shot with an Olympus E-M5 and Lumix G 20mm. f/1.7 with attached Olympus MCON-P02 macro converter. Not as good at the Olympus great 60mm macro obviously, but it works with the Lumix pancake and is good for those times when you have to travel light. Raw conversion in Phase One Capture One Pro 8.2 via Lightroom CC. Post Processing in Photoshop CC, on1 Perfect Effects 9.5 Suite, Alien Skin Exposure 7 and Google Nik Collection Color Efex Pro 4.
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From Texas Wildflowers
Butterfly on Texas Lantana
A butterfly visits a blooming Texas Lantana (Lantana urticoides) AKA Calico Bush on the hike and bike trail at the Shops at Arbor Trails, Austin, Texas. Shot with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro. Raw conversion in Phase One Capture One Pro 8 via LIghtroom 5.7. Post processing in Photoshop CC 2014, Topaz Clarity, Google Nik Viveza 2 and Color Efex Pro 4.
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From Austin, Texas
Butterfly in Black and White
Butterfly in Black and White. Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, Texas. Shot with an Olympus 4/3 E-620 and M.Zuiko 40-150mm. Raw conversion in DxO Optics Pro 10 via Lightroom 5.6. Post processing in Photoshop CC 2014, Topaz Clarity, Topaz Detail 3 and Alien Skin Exposure 6.
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From Black and White
Texas Thistle Bud
A Texas Thistle bud, soon to be bursting with its light and fluffy purple blossom. Shot with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 m43 camera and Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 macro lens. Raw conversion in Photo Ninja via ACDSee Pro 7. Post processing in onOne Perfect Photo Suite 8, Nik Viveza 2, Topaz Adjust 5 and PhotoLine 18.
From Texas Wildflowers
Mexican Hats in Winter
Mexican Hats, a Texas wildflower, after the first freeze of the winter season. Part of a series of test shots with my new Olympus OM-5 E-M1 micro 4/3 camera equipped with the Olympus M.60mm F2.8 Macro lens. Raw processing in Photo Ninja. Other image processing in Topaz photoFXlab, Topaz Adjust and PhotoLine 18.
Victim of the Freeze
A withering Mexican Hat flower blossom, hanging on until the end of the season, after two nights for freezing temperatures. Part of a series of test shots with my new Olympus OM-5 E-M1 micro 4/3 camera. Used the Olympus M.60mm F2.8 Macro lens. Processing of raw image in Photo Ninja. Additional processing in Topaz Detail, Topaz Adjust and PhotoLine 18.
Bluebonnets in the Ross Cemetery
A large portion of the Ross Cemetery in Baird, Callahan County, Texas is covered with springtime bluebonnets. Processed in Lightroom 5, PhotoLine 17, Topaz photoFXlab and Topaz Clarity.