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Gardens: Shakespeare Gardens (New York City)

A subtle plaque set into a stone marks the entrance to the garden.

A subtle plaque set into a stone marks the entrance to the garden.

I have finally emerged from under the mountain of digital photos from my June trip to Canada and the US. In an earlier post, I showed you the Shakespeare Garden in Stratford (Canada), and here are photos from the one in Central Park, New York City. I was pleased to see that the Central Park garden does indeed have quotations linking plants to plays, which I thought was sadly lacking in Stratford.

“Shakespeare Garden is a four-acre landscape named for the famed English poet and playwright. The garden features flowers and plants mentioned in his poems and plays. Small bronze plaques scattered throughout the garden bear quotes from the Bard.” (source: centralparknyc.org)

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One Four: Roses 2

Roses 2: colour replace, shadows & highlights, whites plus poster edges.

Roses 2: colour replace, shadows & highlights, whites plus poster edges.

For my Week 2 edits of my rose photo for the One Four Challenge, I started with the image from Week 1. In my quest to get closer to the look of the original photo, this time I played around with replacing colour so that the flowers are pink and the leaves green. Then I adjusted the shadows, highlights and whites, losing the x-ray look of Week 1 and bringing indistinct shapes into the background. To finish off, a touch of poster edges to give a non-photo look.

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One Four: Roses 1

Roses 1: invert and luminance noise reduction.

Roses 1: invert and luminance noise reduction.

I think it’s time I had a go at Robyn’s very cool One Four Challenge again. My first entry, in November last year, used a poolside photo; this time I’ve gone for a photo of roses that I took in New York’s Central Park in May this year. My first edit is dramatic, but simple: colour inversion followed by a 50% reduction in luminance noise to give that silky look. My plan is to bring the image closer to the original each week. But we all know what happens to plans!