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Blown In The Wind

Updated: Mar 22, 2021

I found this fragile ex-blossom outside the back door this morning. It looks like a skeleton from last years’ blossoms but I don’t really know what it is. I had to rescue it before it blew away.


This was my setup for making a picture out of the skeletal remains.

The Helping Third Hand Magnifier W/Magnifying Glass Tool (available from Amazon and elsewhere) comes in handy for holding small items.

The Lumimuse LED from Manfrotto provides a daylight balanced LED source and also comes with some coloured filters.

I wasn't making use of the magnifying glass by the way. Just hadn't removed it from the stand.



Taken with Pentax K1 and Lensbaby Velvet 56 lens. The lens can focus as close as around 5 inches so is great for this kind of shot, and of course can give a velvety glow at small apertures. This shot was taken at f/16 though and if I were to do it again, I would probably take several shots and then focus stack to get it sharp from front to back.

I took several shots but the one above was taken using a light blue card as a background instead of the green ones shown in the setup pictures.


I processed the RAW image using ON1 PhotoRaw 2020 to adjust contrast and a bit more definition by adding a "Dynamic Contrast" effect.

I then took the modified image into Topaz Studio 2 where I selected a preset "Look". I chose "Sheer Spring". This recent release of Topaz Studio is an improvement on the original Topaz Studio and I find it easier to use and more intuitive. The "Looks" (or effects) are stackable as layers and you can adjust the various sliders which control the Look in order to achieve the desired effect you are looking for. You can also easily apply masks to the layers and use a a brush to reveal or hide parts of layers as well as adjust the opacity of the layers. As well as adding Looks, you can also add filters to fine tune your image.

I didn't do any further processing back in ON1 Photo.

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