Magenta roses with hoverflies

Magenta roses with hoverflies

Episyrphus balteatus, also known as the marmalade hoverfly.

At the rose garden in Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT.

Times Square at Night, Nov. 25, 2006

Times Square at Night, Nov. 25, 2006

Times Square, New York City. Right after Thanksgiving and heading toward Christmas. That looks like the New Year’s Eve ball at the top of the building, but I don’t remember it being installed so soon. It must be something else.

Queen for a Day. Monday.

Queen for a Day.  Monday.

Unlike another striped cat, Tigress loves Mondays. They mean she might dress up and pose for a Macro Mondays challenge, which for this week is “Queen”. What’s the point of being an action figure if you don’t get any action? Today she feels like royalty!

For her raiment, she’s chosen a crown with a stunning blue tiger’s eye stone. Because she’s a tiger, and she’s got a good eye for haute couture, which is this week’s FlickrFriday challenge.

This is another successful experiment in depth perception, and the use of a tablet for lighting and effects. I found a stock photo of London to display on the tablet, which is propped just two inches behind Tigress. The brightness of the tablet darkened her front, so I lit her with a full spectrum lamp. When I brightened the photo in Photoshop, the effect of the lamp made the background look like a bright sunlit day, and the bokeh makes it look like a realistic distance behind her.

TEXTure

TEXTure

Tablets are convenient, but they can’t beat the feel of a good book. The pages, the bindings, the fabric, the covers, the papercuts…

It’s not a computer monitor, but the tablet is just as good for getting unique “moonlight” lighting on a subject, this time from below and the subject directly on the light source.

For the curious, the book is Volumes I & II of the complete Burton translations and notes of “The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night”.

For this week’s Macro Mondays’ challenge, “Member’s Choice: Texture”.