Raindrops on Kale.

Take one Kale plant. Pretty in colour but not really anything amazing.

That is until I saw raindrops from a morning  rain shower, glistening in the sun.

They were like crystals and I was fascinated by the drops falling off the edges of the leaves.

I just had to run inside and grab my phone to capture this beautiful image.


The beautiful colours of the leaves came alive

with an automatic enhancing action on picmonkey.com. 

No one can combine colours as well as Mother nature.

I love the final result.

PicMonkey Image


Rescuing a botched photograph.

The challenge was to improve the quality of this i-phone photo, below.

I took it this morning whilst out walking.

It was very sunny and the image has come out very poorly.

There is a bee in the stamens, which was supposed to be my subject.

I found it hard to be crouched down under a tree laden with flowers hosting busy bees.

Trying to get the right angle on my subject using an i-phone, put my hand dangerously close to my subject.

I don’t recommend anyone trying this.

It was amazing that I was not stung by the bees.

Next time I will use an automatic zoom on my camera.

Looking at the image now, I can see that the gumnuts, flowers and leaves are the main subjects.

I really like the effect of the blue sky in the background. 

Before sending it to the trash bucket, I thought that I would do some playing around with the filters on my photo editing program picmonkey.com.

I  really like my final result. 

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The gumnuts glowing are now the main focus of the image. I love the feathery effect of the light shining through the stamens and the dark image of the bee.

I chose to use a heavy black filter around the edges of the image, to contrast with the strong light of the gumnuts.

So with just a bit of fiddling with different filters, I was able to save

this image and create a something worthwhile.

So don’t assume that a photo needs to be trashed.

Play with your programs filters and a whole new picture might emerge.



Hellebore Stamens. Filter play.

Sexy stamens.

Perfect to attract bees to the flower.

It also attracted my photographic eye and became

the subject of my creative filter play for this blog.

hellebore collage



In the photo above, focal focus, black and white & large pixels filters  were used.

Below I experimented with a few other filters and am

impressed by the results.





Stamens make a great photo subject to play around with.

So much fun.