The warmer weather is back with us again this week, and the trees around us are looking greener.
One of our neighbours has an ornamental cherry tree out in full blossom at the moment … its branches
lean well over onto the street, making it fairly easy for me to snap a close-up of the delicate pink
flowers. In the image below, I used Photoshop Elements to slightly blur and lighten the supporting
twig, so as to make it less prominent.
I recently read a biography of the American photographer, Ansel Adams, written by one of his
assistants, Andrea Stillman. I was amazed to see how he could transform a photo of a very bland
landscape taken in daylight, into a really dramatic work of art. Such transformations are now much
easier to do in Photoshop, of course. I feel inspired to use Photoshop more liberally than I’ve used
it in the past, to make my images look more vivid.