Wednesday, May 13, 2009

D.C. Flowers

One of my favorite things about our trip was all the gorgeous flowers. We picked the perfect week to go for prime flower viewing, I was in heaven! My favorite flowering tree is the dogwood, and they were out in full force, along with redbuds, apple blossoms, and gobs of tulips everywhere. I just couldn't get enough of them, and of course took about a million pictures.
As you might have noticed, I have a hard time narrowing down photos, there are so many I just love. So, here are a boatload of flower pics, hope you enjoy them!
p.s. I've given up on collage for now until I can figure it out better, which is too bad since it would have saved a lot of space on this post esp.!
*quick note on retouching pics for my mom in law who asked about it:
- I use Picasa to retouch, and I almost always do "I'm feeling lucky" to start off with. Then I go into effects and I usually "glow" everything, I also use warmify, film grain, color saturation, soft focus a lot. Sometimes I sharpen, and I crop a lot too. I like to combine a whole bunch of effects together in one picture, it's amazing how much it will improve light and color in the photos. I used to think of retouching as "cheating," but I'm totally over that!
I tried using photoshop once and it gave me a headache, it's just beyond me. Which is too bad ,because there are lots of cool things you can do with it. One other effect I wish Picasa had is one my dad has that makes paint stroke effects, so it kind of blurs it all into an impressionist painting type of look.


Nana Peggy said...

Oh how lucky that you got to see the beautiful flowers, Never too many photos of beauty! Love them all.

LullabyLane said...

I say the more photos the better, and thank you for never doing a slide show! Are dogwoods the tree with bright pink flowers on the trunk and branches? They are beautiful! I've never seen anything like them.

The Cassel Family said...

I love it all! I love blossoming trees, they are a fav. We hope to do DC sometime, and I would love to do it in the spring. You take amazing photos:)

Allison and Nathan said...

Great pics! Like the robin the best.