Fun With Dandelions

Posted: May 15, 2017 in Uncategorized
It’s that time of year when the fields are full of white puffy dandelions. They are just weeds but you can create art with them. People spend money on weed killers on their lawns to keep these little guys out.
This image I set up with my LED light behind backlighting the dandelion right inside my home. I always thought that I would never use the Burnt Sienna filter in Nik’s Color Efex Pro program, but here it is on this image.


With this image I went back and forth processing with Color Efex Pro and Viveza 2. I used the Low Key filter in Color Efex, and played with darkening and high lighting different parts of the image.


Here’s another image with the LED light used as side lighting, which created a nice moody light.


This one was shot in the early morning with the low angled sun hitting it from behind.



I added a texture background to this one.



All the seeds have blown away.
So get out and have fun with dandelions.
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  1. Russ Tomanek says:

    I LOVE these images, Mike. Very creative . . . 🙂

  2. Gail Farber says:

    Been following your work since I met you at Unique recently ( NJ). Just want to tell you how much I appreciate your postings. The dandelion images are wonderful – inspiring me to get in just a little closer – actually a whole lot closer. They are ethereal and beautiful. Thanks.!

    • Mike Moats says:

      Glad you like them Gail. When you do go out to shoot these and get in really close, be prepare to have a low success rate when shooting these. You just have to work them and shoot a lot of different compositions before you hit a few that you really like.

  3. Richard Grubola says:

    How to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear in post processing.

  4. Jennifer Benton says:

    These were exceptional. Thank you for sharing how you processed them after making the photograph. Each one was better than the next one. Lovely.

  5. Jennifer Benton says:

    The second to last one reminds me of a birthday cake with candles on it. It is exceptional. It and the yellow one are my favorites. Well done.

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