Friday, May 18, 2012

Playing Around; National Photo Month, Day 18

This pretty, peachy iris just showed up on my garden doorstep this spring. She wasn't expected. Certainly wasn't invited. She just turned up, stayed and blossomed into a beautiful lady.

I've never had a "volunteer" iris before. This one has been quite a treat. Somewhere between a peach and a tan color, she adds a hue to the back garden that I believe is only possible with iris.

Today I introduced my son to the PicMonkey editing tool and had some fun playing around with Iris to demonstrate some of its features. Here are some of the results:

Make it a great day!


  1. I love your original photo and how you framed the shot; although any flower is beautiful to behold, somehow isolating an element of the flower creates a more interesting photo to me because it isn't how I see flowers as I simply pass by. I've been playing around with that concept myself and have posted a few pics. Isn't it interesting how different a photo feels and how sometimes the content seems to morph when we play with color and effects in editing?! I think both the first b&w in your series and the soft teal wash effect are so striking that they would make stunning enlargements and could hang in an art gallery :) So nice!


    1. Thank you for your kind comments, Robin. Like you, I am fascinated by the seemingly endless perspectives on something that seems so simple at a distance. Photo editing tools can definitely broaden our view of flowers and the world.

  2. Such a beautiful iris and it's great that you've used all the effects. I love the brown effect ; )
    Have a great day.

  3. How fun to have a beautiful volunteer iris appear in your garden. I really haven't had time to play around in Picmonkey. Hoping things will slow down one of these days so I can do that.
    Have a great weekend.

  4. Beautiful shot and nice edits!

  5. Interesting post processing but I love your volunteer just as she is. ;-)

    I'm so glad the developers of Picnik have forged on with PicMonkey since Google decided to offer a diluted version of Picnik only to their G+ users.

  6. Don't you just love volunteer plants? This iris is gorgeous! Thank you Ann, for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #31!

  7. Beautiful iris! I really must go try out picmonkey. I keep hearing good things about it, and your edits are lovely.

  8. Great shots and very interesting editing!

  9. Love seeing the various editing techniques. This is a great shot! Thanks for linking up with Flower Art Friday!

  10. The isis is gorgeous! Nice editing.

  11. Love irises . . . lovely shot. Thanks for sharing the edits from PicMonkey. I have been hearing it mentioned quite a lot recently and feel it is time to check it out.


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