Tag Archives: flowers

August 2018 Wallpaper

Visited Prince Edward Island for the first time a few days ago.  We were up there for a concert, but found some time to do a bit of sightseeing.   This particular wildflower was scattered pretty widely across the parts of the island that we visited (south-east coastal) and I thought it would make a nice summer-y wallpaper.   Definitely going to head back to PEI one of these days.  There are some fantastic abstract landscapes waiting there…

Here are your wallpaper options:

Download the 1024×768 version here. (Great for your iPad)

Download the 1280×800 version here.

Download the 1366×768 version here.

Download the 1920×1080 version here. (HDTV widescreen)

Download the 1680×1050 version here.

Download the 2448×1836 version here. (iPads with Retina Screens)

Technical: Fujifilm X-T2, XF50-140mm f/2.8 R at 92mm, 1/1600 at f/4, ISO 200.  Processed with Lightroom CC, minor exposure tweaks, strong contrast curve, masked sharpening.

June 2016 Wallpaper

June 2016 Wallpaper

I spent an hour untangling our local scourge vine, Asiatic Bittersweet, from two of our Rhododendrons which had just started to bloom the past week — so I thought it might be appropriate to use them as the June image.  It was a calm, cloudy afternoon so the lighting was flat and subjects were still.  Of course, in the 10 minutes I took to fetch the camera a breeze started to kick up – but fortunately it abated from time to time so I could get some nice exposures.

Download the 1024×768 version here. (Great for your iPad)

Download the 1280×800 version here.

Download the 1366×768 version here.

Download the 1920×1080 version here. (HDTV widescreen)

Download the 1680×1050 version here.

Download the 2448×1836 version here. (iPads with Retina Screens)

Technical: Fujifilm X-T1, XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4R LM OIS, 1/100 sec at f/8.0, ISO 400.  Processed with Lightroom CC.  Minor exposure tweaks: Ev-0.3, highlights -50, whites +28; strong contrast curve, default sharpening.

March 2015 Wallpaper

March 2015 Wallpaper

Here in the Northeast we’ve pretty much had our fill of snow, but that’s all there is to photograph this year and I could not bring myself to do that again.   Looking back through my archives, it turns out that March isn’t a great month for color (although last year’s March wallpaper was the exception – but that turned out to be the only round in that particular gun…)   So we moved the photographic eye ahead a few weeks into April and found a nice scene from our waterfall area.  I hope it brightens your March a bit…

Download the 1024×768 version here. (Great for your iPad)

Download the 1280×800 version here.

Download the 1366×768 version here.

Download the 1920×1080 version here. (HDTV widescreen)

Download the 1680×1050 version here.

Download the 2448×1836 version here. (iPads with Retina Screens)

Technical: Canon 5D Mark II, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/160, f/14, ISO 1600. Processed with Lightroom 5 (minor exposure tweaks: highlight -31, whites +19; clarity +17; masked sharpening).

October 2013 Wallpaper

October 2013 Wallpaper

A very busy start of the month, so it’s a bit late, but here’s the wallpaper for October.   One of the last blooming wildflowers in our backyard, I believe it is a purple wood-aster (I’ll try to confirm this with Sue, our garden specialist helping us bring some control to the yard).

I literally shot this after sort of limping home from an all-day photo shoot here in town (Maynard Fest).  After walking on asphalt for nearly 6 hours straight I felt compelled to walk on the grass for a few minutes and the fall foliage was starting to peek out along the river, so I tried to include a bit of everything going on right now into one photograph.

I realized that it has been a while since I checked, so I now have new wallpaper sizes based on the latest statistics of popular screen sizes.

Download the 1024×768 version here. (Perfect for your iPad)

Download the 1280×800 version here.

Download the 1366×768 version here.

Download the 1920×1080 version here. (HDTV widescreen)

Technical: Canon 7D, 70-200mm, handheld.  Basic processing in Lightroom 5 (exposure tweaks, sharpening).

July 2013 Wallpaper

July 2013 Wallpaper

For the July image I was looking for something evocative of fireworks and, a couple of days late, this is my attempt with one of our day lilies that have popped in the past few days.   We’ve been dealing with a bit of a low-scale heat wave here the past few days and the local flora has been withering under the heat and sun – so finding a dew-kissed blossom was not going to happen.   This is also a bit of a departure for me in terms of style – but I really couldn’t realistically create this image any other way (read the technical stuff if interested).  Let’s just say I continue to have a deep respect for those who do great macro photography and hope to someday get closer to those images.   I hope you enjoy the floral fireworks.

If you like the above image you can download it to your computer and use it as your desktop or tablet wallpaper. A few of the common screen sizes are available:

Download the 1024×768 version here. (Perfect for your iPad)

Download the 1280×1024 version here.

Download the 1680×1050 version here.

Download the 1920×1080 version here. (HDTV widescreen)

Technical details:  It was somewhere between impractical and impossible to capture this image in situ.   I may yet figure out a rig to make that possible, but for now this was a backyard flower moved to my living room and lit with some LED panels.  Because of all of the movement, some of the pollen fell off the pistil, which was really disappointing as it looked much cooler than what we have here.  I may try this again when it’s not an oven outside — perhaps a bit of moisture in the air might keep the pollen more attached.

So, this is also a composite photograph (generally known as a “focus stack”).   If it is technically possible to produce this image with a single exposure, it is beyond my equipment and ability.  Instead we take advantage of the image processing geniuses out there and use it to create something approximating what the human eye would perceive.  So here’s the rundown:  Canon 5D Mark II, 100mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/40 at f/4, ISO 320 on a tripod and focus controlled by a CamRanger.  The 35 “slices” were first processed with Lightroom 5: highlights -10, shadows +5, whites -10 to compress the tonal range a bit.   The slices were then processed with Zerene Stacker using the pMax algorithm.  The resulting composite image was touched up to remove stacking artifacts where pistil crosses into the flower.   The merged image was brought back into Lightroom 5 where we tweaked the exposure a bit more (-30 highlights, +0.3EV), added a bit of clarity and vibrance and sharpened it a bit (+58).

This was the “runner up” image for this month.   Is is a 40-slice composite of Spiraea (also blooming the the backyard) and not a bad second fireworks burst of color for the 4th…