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Summer Daisies

Updated on July 16, 2012

I love daisies and look forward to the time in the summer when the biggest ones come into bloom.

Below you'll find edited photos that I've taken over the last few days. I used Photoshop Elements 9 to change their appearance from simple photographic images to simpler artistic forms.

Cartoon Edges

For this photo I made subtle changes in the contrast, colour, and saturation, then used the "cartoon edges" filter to give the appearance of pencil lines.

I love the effect that this gives, especially with the side view and the house siding provides a great even backdrop

Photo by CatSimmons
Photo by CatSimmons

More Cartoon Effects

This photo has been treated in a similar manner, with the daisy viewed from above.

A close crop around the edge of the main flower brings out the symmetry and a small bud at the edge shows the potentiality and how from this small green innocuous sphere a flower of stunning beauty arises.

I also like the background of green stems shown here.

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Bathed in Sunlight

You can feel the warmth of the sun beating down in this picture.

The petals are glowing almost white hot, and the increased contrast accentuates the effect of this.

More cartoon edges bring individual petals and leaves into sharp relief.

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Twisted petals


Although this flower was almost disfigured as a daisy it had a beautiful form.

The petals reminded me of a cockatoo somehow, and framing just half of the flower brought out this view.

Evening Flash Glow

This photograph was taken as the sun was going down (see the picture at the bottom for the painted sunset from the same night).

The flash from the camera created the glowing white petals in this case and thus increased the contrast so that the flowers were in string relief.

It has been raining a little while before so there were raindrops sprinkled over the daisies; you can see them highlighted like jewels.

Using the "dry brush" filter gave a much softer appearance in this case.

Painted Sunset
Painted Sunset | Source

I hope you enjoyed the pics :-)

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    • catsimmons profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Simmons 

      5 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      Larry! You are a card!

      Thanks Sueswan and snowdrops..I really enjoyed playing with these pics :-)

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      snowdrops 

      5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Wow..very lovely and amazing

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      Sueswan 

      5 years ago

      Hi Cat

      I love daisies too. The originial photo and the last photo are my favourites.

      Voted up and beautiful.

      Take care :)

    • Larry Fields profile image

      Larry Fields 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      I knew that all sorts of things were possible with Photoshop. I had been thinking more along the lines of political photo-shopping. I remember seeing the handiwork of some enterprising soul, who had grafted Sarah Palin's head onto the body of a porn star, in a 'classic' two-fisted pose. But I had no idea that the gorgeous photo-shopped images that you posted were even possible.

      Speaking of daisies... Over the years, I've been gradually learning the Alpine wildflowers of the Northern Sierras, where I enjoy day-hikes in the Summer. But I still cannot distinguish between daisies and asters. My compromise: I call them all daisasters. :)

      Voted up and useful.

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