Butchart Gardens, Passel #2

23 09 2008

The parade of flowers continues…words simply cannot describe how over the moon I was to be photographing in that garden all day long…flitting from flower to flower to flower just like the insects I encountered…would someone please please please pay me to do this every day?

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5 responses

23 09 2008
Pam/Digging

Your images are stunning, Cindy. I especially love the fly pictures and the white anemone.

23 09 2008
Phillip

All I can say is WOW!

24 09 2008
Heather

Cindy, how do you set up your beautiful frames for your photos in your blogs where you want to show a series? Do you have a photoshop template that you use or are you going through a third party website? I use a flickr tools website, but it’s a pain. Looking for something fast and easy and flexible. Thanks for your time, as always, loving your work!
Heather

24 09 2008
cindydyer

Thanks, Heather

I just set up a page in Photoshop (you could do it in Elements, too). In my template layout, I’ve discovered that the maximum width I can make a frame is 4.3 inches. The height can be as long I want (sometimes as long as 20″).

I then either leave the background white or I fill it in with solid black. Then I bring in each photo and size it down and just start stacking. It’s pretty easy and I don’t do anything fancy to accomplish it.

My margins look nice and even only because I’m using guides! I just place the photos on top, grab the handles and size ’em down. I eyeball the distances between and don’t do those as precise. It makes it go quicker to do it that way. And since I’m doing this out of sheer joy (and not because it pays me squat), anything that makes it go quicker is fine by me!

Rather than having frames that you fit them in, putting them on “loose” allows you to be able to crop a photo really narrow (like a long panoramic shot), or tall and skinny (like a single flower). But if most of the photos you’re pulling in will remain proportionate to, say, 3.5 x 5 or 4 x 6, then having a few set templates (with two verticals, followed by a horizontal, etc.) might be quicker for you. I just like the flexibility of being able to crop them however I want. I just fill a box that’s 4.3 x whatever (I extend the canvas as I keep adding TOO many photos! 🙂 and decide if the photos are graphic/colorful enough to warrant a black canvas or if I want something softer and leave it as a white canvas.

25 09 2008
Alicia

Cindy, seriously, if I had the money, I’d totally pay you to do this every day. I know people who’d pay lots to have these photos. I’ve never seen such wonderful photos of flowers and bugs. They are the most interesting pictures I have ever seen of such a subject.

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