Hidden gem. Well worth the visit.
When the weather is good the autumn colours around Paris are really nice.
Went to the Keukenhof this weekend.
If you’ve never been then it’s well worth battling the crowds for. I didn’t go to take photographs per se but I took my camera anyway. Who wouldn’t.
Th weather was cold but sunny. The longish winter we have had did mean that the amazing bulb displays were a little behind schedule. However the pavilions were magnificent. Displays of orchids or flower arranging or just gazillions of tulips were very spectacular (as were the prices in the restaurant).
Instead of row upon row of flower photos I have chosen just one. Taken with natural light in the flower art pavilion, the lighting was rather subdues and as my camera was hand held I upped the ISO and took a good stance. Back home, the arrangement and colours really spoke to me as a sort of abstract collage. I decided to try something new and exported the adjusted shot to Photoshop as a smart object. This allows the RAW file to be adjusted at any time. I then duplicated this, resulting in two smart objects. I then blended using differing blend modes and double clicked on the duplicate smart object layer to allow me to adjust exposure (just like HDR). Here’s the result. I could have started masking etc., to enhance certain parts of the photo. Maybe I will do that later and make a large print of it.
Should have gone out yesterday when the sun was shining. Instead I delayed until today’s overcast and misty morning. The mist did leave lots of wet surfaces which was quite attractive but it was bl***y cold. A short bike ride away is a Volkstuin (allotment garden). It is very well maintained but sad looking in the winter. Still always something to take a photo of. Of course I didn’t want to instrude into the gardens so I was a little restricted staying to the paths. Maybe in the spring I’ll ask some of the owners if I can tramp around their few meters of paradise. So, here are the results so far……..