Tree Bark Up Close.. A Fantasy
Another walk through Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens…still as beautiful as it always has been. I remember visiting there with my mother, grandmother, aunt and cousins often on school holidays. We used to love feeding the ducks too…not so good for the ducks, but we kids thought it was great fun. Also playing hide and seek amongst the many exotic bushes and palms. Still as beautiful as it has always been…for now…but I hear change may be coming….restaurants, more areas for hire for parties etc…. maybe in 20 years it will become a theme park! Let’s hope people like ex Prime Ministers, Paul Keating ( who celebrated his 70th birthday yesterday), has some influence in stopping this from ever happening. And guess who has a birthday today?:))
These pics show some of the treasures up close…almost a little fantasy world.
The first series is almost straight from camera…with some adjustments to Curves in Photoshop
This second series includes some editing using Photoshop. The only filter I used was PS Photo Filter – Warming 85. The processes were – sharpening, cropping, increased Vibrance, and adjustments to Curves. Also changes to in Saturation and Selective colour. The last four have areas selected with magic wand and almost desaturated.
These are playtime – using Nik Color Efex and Topaz filters as well as combining layers.
Thank you to everyone who visited, shared art and left those lovely comments last week. Castro will indeed be proud to hear them:)
Now it is time to see what you have been working on this week – or maybe rediscovered from your archives – I know it is still a busy time of year.
Here in Australia, it is still summer holiday time and actually quite hot. Some parts of Australia are experiencing a heat wave. I hope those of you who are enduring bleak winter conditions in other parts of the world are keeping warm and safe. Perhaps you have some spectacular pics of ice and snow to cool us down!