Hollyhocks in my garden - View the detail in the largest sizes. Hollyhocks are one of my favorite flowers, although I have to admit to having a lot of favorite flowers. This year, because of the frequent rains we've had, the colors of the hollyhocks seem to be more varied and vibrant. I liked this shot mainly because of the way the light is coming through the petals.
Thanks so much for your nice comments on my shot of the bride and groom with the elephant. It was fun to do and I plan to make a few minor adjustments to it based upon a suggestion from Angela Davis. Thanks, Angie! Viewing all the wonderful images in the dailies each day reminds me constantly of what a beautiful world we live in and the fact that there is beauty around us everywhere, if we are only able to see it. Seeing the unique and varied ways you smugmug photographers view the world provides a rich source of inspiration to me. Even if no one saw or commented on my photos, I have become addicted to looking at all of yours. You have really made me challenge myself to see if I can be more creative and do a better job of capturing the myriad interesting things in the little part of the world that I inhabit. So, thanks to you all!
Oh, yes, I think Paul asked how I make my selections in Photoshop, whether I used a special plugin or channels. Actually, I don't do either of those. I'm probably a lot less sophisticated than many of you. I've tried some plugins, such as OnOne Software's, but just haven't had that good a luck with it. I use the CS3 Quick Selection tool (with the magic wand) and laboriously work around the edges of the selection until I have it the way I want. Then I refine the edge and that's it. It is probably not the best way to do it, but I've found I can make it work for me.