Covid Creativity: 28Oct2021

by Milo Smith

During Covid (in the summer) I have been out photographing flowers and insects.  Outdoors, no problem–social distancing, no mask!

I came across this almost perfect Giant Sunflower growing only two blocks away from home.  Perfect flower and very good exposure.

Friday Afternoon Walk. Centre Street & Environs. Sunflowers.

I wondered what it would look like in black and white, so I used a yellow filter and boosted the contrast and decreased the brightness for this image.

Firday Afternoon Walk. B&W Giant Sunflower.

What if I made it a psychedelic Sunflower?

Firday Afternoon Walk. Giant Sunflower with Gradient Map

I thought the background was a bit too cluttered, so selected just the flower and pasted it onto a black background.

Colourized Giant Sunflower on a black background

I must try this with some insects. Dragonflies say.

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  1. Amazing what one flower can become! My favourite treatments of this flower are the B&W and the oh so colourful psychedelic.


  2. Milo – I love these photos and progression of changing them. My favourite 2 are the last 2. They would be amazing done as fabric.


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