Three years ago, I was looking for some hydrangeas that would live through the cold winters in Nebraska better than the Endless Summer variety I had grown in my yard until all but two died. I found this variety: Little Lime. The plants are no longer little but this green bloom changes to a beautiful rose color in the fall. And they live through long cold winters.
My hydrangeas are in full bloom right now, so I went out with my Fuji XT-3 and 60mm f/2.4 macro lens. In order to deal with a mild breeze, I set my shutter speed to 1000, put the ISO on 800 and placed the aperture at 2.4 so that I could blur the background. With my arms tucked close into my sides and patience, I captured some fairly sharp photos even with the large aperture.
As much as I love my little camera, including a very sharp LCD display, I went inside to upload the photos for viewing on my computer screen. I reviewed and then went back outside to photograph again and again, changing my angle and waiting for the still moments.
Initially, I had already chosen a different template from FotoInspired Template Pack No. 2L to print and display my photos. I changed my mind. I decided to use template 8 from FotoInspired Template Pack No. 2L.
- Open template 8 and place on a new blank layout.
- Reduce the size to 85%.
- Enlarge the mask on on the top left by dragging to the right.
- Delete the mask to the right.
Note: At some point I will publish a book of flowers, all using the format of FotoInspired Templates. I have already completed nine pages.
- Adjust Clarity and Saturation on photos in Lightroom to sharpen just a little. No other adjustments were made.
- Clip the photos to masks, adjusting size and focusing on details.
- Below the text, clip a blurred portion of a photo and place Transfer 5 from ArtPlay Palette Summer Days above it.
Note: I captured the photo on the right side of this 24×12 page on a white board on my deck where the lighting was different.
Add Color with Transfers
- Place Transfer 4 from ArtPlay Palette Summer Breeze on the right.
- Use the warp tool to arrange.
- Duplicate the transfer, flip horizontally and place on the left side of the template.
- Warp again.
- Open .psd file 2 of MultiMedia Spring No. 3. Place below the template layers on the right side.
- Delete the flowers.
- Recolor paint layers to blend with leaves in photos.
- Erase lines as needed.
- Above the template layers, place three copies of the brown art strokes and angle as desired.
- Duplicate layers, placing set on the left.
- Place a copy of the splatter from ArtPlay Mountain High on the right below the leaf but above the green transfer.
- On the left, rotate a copy of the splatter and arrange it on the left so that it looks different from the right side.
- Open .psd file 3 from MultiMedia Spring No. 3. Place on right.
- Delete top leaf and reposition flower layers.
- Recolor leaves as needed and center of flower.
- Place lady bug from ArtPlay Palette Summer Breeze.
- Place green button from ArtPlay Mountain High and add a shadow.
- Tuck the label from ArtPlay Palette Summer Days below the button and give it a shadow.
- Tack the button down with thread 13 from ButtonThreadz No. 3.
- Place one more copy of the lady bug above the label to create a visual triangle of red.
- Add title, font Molly’s Script.
I’m definitely going to have to create another page in the fall when the color of these hydrangeas changes.