Monday, December 17, 2012

My Amaryllis just before Christmas

Hello everyone, I took a few photos over the last few days and then played with some of the photos. This is the sort of thing that I enjoy very much. Some people may think that to just display what comes out of the camera is the only way that photos should be displayed, well since I was a professional  photographer I would not be happy if that were the only way one could display any photos. To me the creativity would just be killed. Some folks do a great job taking photos with out any manipulation. Before digital photos were manipulated all the time in the darkroom, well Photoshop is now the digital darkroom. Here are a few of my photos. I hope you enjoy them. This is also one of my seedling Amaryllis by the way.

                       Tall amaryllis copy

                   Love this Amaryllis 3 

      Ger green and 3 4 5 copy

                            The next photo is right out of the camera.

                                    Amaryllis original

                          This is a nice photo but it lacks some pizzas.

79 comments:

  1. Flowers are just gorgeous, Horst.

    And every picture is awesome!!!! And I don't think that the last picture lacks some pizzas. It is also incredibly beautiful!!!

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  2. From seed, how awesome! Beautiful for the holidays. I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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  3. Your photos!!!Wow!! superb, stunning, truly the work of a master.And if I had to, picking the one I like best would be so hard.Greetings from Jean

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  4. Very beautiful photos!! I really like the painted effect /Susanne :)

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  5. Very nice Horst....good photo's.

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  6. Beautiful Horst. Merry Christmas!!

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  7. Beautiful Horst , Good result work paid off .
    Love the painted effect.

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  8. Beautifully done Horst. You certainly work some magic on these.

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  9. Since I don'r know much about dark rooms it was interesting the way you roughly compared them to photo shop.
    Nice timing with your amaryllis
    I also see some geraniums in the background.

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    1. Hi Red, yes those are Geraniums in the background, I am keeping then over the winter, half of them are from cuttings.

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  10. Gorgeous pictures! The colors are just fabulous! Here in Italy I have never seen an amaryllis, I actually didn't even know about such a flower. It's so beautiful. Thank you so much for stopping by. Buona sera!:)

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    1. Thank you Caramella. You will have to look for the flower in your local garden center. They are sold around Christmas time. These flowers come from South Africa.

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  11. Great photos, Horst. I always say this, but I find your skill at this type of work awesome. You are so creative, and I enjoy your work very much. Looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future.

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Horst ... your blog and its pics are always a delight ... good for the soul, you know ... thinking of you as well, and hope your pain is under control ... Season's Greetings and a very happy New Year. Love, cat.

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  12. My dear friend Horst
    In many thanks for your wishes!
    You're a great artist!!!!
    The picture of you are amazing!!!!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  13. My dear, dear Horst,

    I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    You are a wonderful man, a phenomenal photographer and a very good friend!

    Hugs from Kaya

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    1. Hugs Kaya, and a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year as well.

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    2. Wishing you a very happy Xmas and a very good New Year, Horst ... thank you for you comments in blogger ... I suspect, you speak German ... I lived in Germany for a couple of years and finished High School there, and did my training in Psych Nursing there as well ... then moved to to canada in 1982 ... you care to write in German by email, let me know, if not ... is fine ... always love you and your blog, brother ... Love, cat.

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    3. Hi Cat, Yes I can speak German, and I can read German, but to write it is a different story, I was educated in Canada.

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  14. Beautiful amaryllis flowers right in time there for the Holidays!!
    Wish you a very nice Christmas!!

    Hugs from
    Monika

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    1. Hi Monika, I just had a look and found that another one of My Amaryllis is showing a flower pod. It will bloom in about a month. I wonder what cokor this one will be.

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  15. Horst I just love the 3rd one down the same as you used for the header. It still take a good eye to see what works even when photoshopping the pics. All as beautiful as the original. I do hope you are in less pain now and enjoy a very blessed Christmas and Happy New Year. Hugs Carrie

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  16. Thanks Carrie, You have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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  17. Horst, I agree, playing around with photos is very fun! People do forget or may not even know in the chemical darkroom of the past many of the techniques are labeled the same as in the digital darkroom of today. (dodge, burn etc). Of course the procedures are different but the princpals are built up from the good ol days of film!

    Awesome photos I like them all.

    Peace & Merry Christmas Horst! : )

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  18. Great photos as always Horst, I love to see what effects you can get by manipulating the images, although I am one of the ones that thinks the photo should be as seen! Each to our own lol having said that I am sure if I owned Photoshop I would find plenty to play with, so I may change my mind yet! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :) Take care x

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    1. Thank you Poppy, You have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as well.

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  19. Dear Horst, your Photoshop images are beautifully designed. Photos have become a work of art. They look like drawings. It's good if you do get a different dimension. I like it very much.
    Also, I wish you a nice Christmas and New Year good luck and good health. Peter.

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    1. Thank you Peter, you have a wonderful Christmas Yourself. I also hope you have a festive New Year.

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  20. Photoshop or no photoshop, your images are a work of Art, and so very Beautiful. Nice work and play :) Not to mention your green thumb as well. You have a way with flowers and plants.
    Hope to find you well. Best wishes for the holidays and have yourself a very Merry Christmas, and I sure hope you have a Happy and Healthy New Year Horst.
    Dianne :)

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  21. certainly digital photography has opened up a whole new world for me. I don't do a lot of it but digital manipulation can be a lot of fun! Thanks for stopping by today Horst. Wishing you and yours a safe and joyous Christmas, and for you, pain free. Send some of that cool air this way. It was hot hear already at only 9am!

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  22. It's fantastic to see Horst... Mr Greenfingers.
    I wish you and all your family a wonderful Christmas and I hope 2013 is a lovely year for you.
    Take care my friend... Andrew

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  23. Merry Christmas Horst. You are a good friend and thank you VERY VERY much for the well wishes for my human brother. We are finally seeing a little light at the end of the tunnel. xox

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  24. Thank you for stopping by Horst. I hope you had a joyful Christmas and I wish you a wonderful and Happy New Year!

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  25. Thank you so much for your last comment, my friend ... you'll never know how much it means to me ... would like to see more of you ... will visit your blog posts more, promise ... wishing you all the best for the New Year, Horst ... Love, cat.

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  26. Hi HOrst!
    Thanks, I wish you too a Happy New Year!
    Hope you are ok, we heard on the news that you had very much snow coming.
    Here is the snow melting away, we have windy, rain and 6+C

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    1. Hi Lindsjo, we have had lots of snow, here in Edmonton since mid October, here in Western Canada. The reports that you hear is from Eastern Canada and the USA. We are much used to the snow and get it every year.

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  27. Really adorable.

    Happy New Year, full of joy, health and God’s Blessings!
    BShell

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  28. I got an amarylis bulb as a Xmas present ... now what ... I'll read the instructions carefuly ... let's hope for the best,eh? ... Happy New Year, Horst.

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    1. Hi Cat, if you need advice please ask, Give it a good spot in the south window for light, and give it a good drink once a week. If need be I can give you my e-mail address.

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    2. Hi, Horst, my Queen (the XMas Amarylis) is doing well. It produced one big bud so far ... one very curious bud, I must say ... wants to look out the window so bad ... so I turn the pot every few days ... you think, the plant will tolerate that in the long run?

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  29. flowers make every space prettier!
    Happy New year!

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    1. Hello Annmarie, You have a great 2013 as well.

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  30. blessings and happy new year.
    those flowers are magnificent, can i borrow your green thumb?

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    1. Hi Rhapsody, If I could lend it to you I would. The secret is that you must love the plants.

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  31. Happy New Year to you :)
    hug mimmi

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  32. Horst, thank you for the comment and report on the weather with you. I wish you well to amaryllis grow and bloom nicely. Many greetings! / Petr

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  33. You grow these every year & as usual it's beautiful. I tried growing one once, it was fun! Although I had a bulb. Just wanted you to know that I may not be blogging right now but I'm thinking of you. Photoshop is a great tool & fun also.

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    1. Hi Bekkie, all Amaryllis are bulbs, from seed they are tiny and take 3 to 5 years to become mature enough to flower.

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  34. Just gonna say hi. I typed a long comment but it didn't take. I'll be back!

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  35. Oh good, it did take. Sheepish grin.

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  36. These are so beautiful, Horst! You made your point well about processing photos.

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  37. Amaryllis are always so beautiful though. Happy New Year to you and we wish you everything you wish yourself for 2013. Diane

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    1. Thanks Diane, you have a wonderful 2013 as well.

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  38. My dear Horst
    many thanks for your kind words!
    I wish you a very good weekend!
    Many greetings

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  39. Hello, hope you are doing well and that everything is ok
    hug mimmi

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    1. Hi Annemarie, Not much happening these days, we are knee deep in snow and my hip is a real problem these days, so walking is a real problem. I will be helping one of my blog friends with photography lessons so maybe I will have some photos for you then. I do have an Amaryllis that will bloom in the next 2 to 3 weeks. Be patient.

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  41. Gorgeous work here. I love what you've done.

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  42. The Photoshop we can play with the pictures and make them up to our liking Horst :))
    Good job.
    Nice to see you on my blog.
    A hug.

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