59/365: Small Signs of Spring

Today's weather - 60's and sunny. You can feel a bit of spring in the air.

I surveyed my garden for some tangible hints of the impending change of season and only found some subtle signs - tender red branches on the Maple, some buds forming on the Lilac and Viburnum bushes.




This week's theme at 2Peas is Before and After, showing the effects of Post Processing.

I Post process as little as possible, because I don't want to spend a lot of time in front of the computer (I do that enough at my other job!). But I recognize the power of being able to manipulate the image files and love the effects available.
Things I always adjust -
White Balance. Because I am too lazy to take a preset.
Exposure / Levels. Because my camera tends to underexpose.

Straight out of the Camera:


Adjusted WB, Exposure and I added some sharpening.


Any comments / critiques are welcome!

Amy  – (February 25, 2009 at 9:49 PM)  

These are all fabulous! Awesome DOF! :)

Meaghan  – (February 25, 2009 at 10:59 PM)  

These are beautiful! Great shots.

Diana  – (February 25, 2009 at 11:14 PM)  

Oh the first shot is sooo pretty! great PPing on the last shot

Mandy  – (February 26, 2009 at 5:26 AM)  

You are brilliant. I love the focus and the depth in these shots. Stunning color.

Liz  – (February 26, 2009 at 6:02 AM)  

The DOF is amazing and your pping really makes them POP!

Reds  – (February 26, 2009 at 7:42 AM)  

Wow!!! These are gorgeous!!

Jess  – (February 26, 2009 at 7:59 AM)  

Ooh, these are amazing! I am so glad spring is REALLY coming!!! I love your edit on the last one... you took a good shot sooc and turned it into a work of art!

pat  – (February 26, 2009 at 8:49 AM)  

Don't you love those first little hints that spring is on the way? They are so encouraging!

Margaret  – (February 26, 2009 at 10:22 AM)  

Love these before and after shots. The DOF in these is amazing. Such warm colors, too! Lovely!

Suzy  – (February 26, 2009 at 1:15 PM)  

ooooo look at all that detail! These are wonderful!

Bobbi  – (February 26, 2009 at 1:50 PM)  

I will take any sign of spring no matter how small! I love these macros.

McKay Family  – (February 26, 2009 at 7:27 PM)  

I am a huge macro fan and I love the bokeh! Great shots!

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