Tuesday, March 04, 2008

ABC Wednesday – G is for Green

ABC Wednesday – G is for Green

If you are here for Wordless Wednesday please scroll down to the next post.

This is a Fan Palm frond I saw at the Orchid Show. Whilst everyone else was snapping pictures of the flowers I liked the way the light and shadows played on this leaf. It was taken with my Sigma 17-70mm lens (38 mm, F/5, 1/100 sec, for those interested), and the Nikon D70s.

I have a special love affair with Palm Trees. Maybe because they represent far off locales and tropical scenes or maybe it is their structure and geometry. Either way I find them fascinating. In the Conservatory at work there are several nice specimens of different Palms and some are quite large but it is a poor second to see these beauties in their natural habitat.

Green is an interesting color. It is said to have a calming effect on the mind and the body and it is considered to be a healing color. It has become a buzzword of the environmental movement and if something is said to be ‘green’ in that sense it is thought to be environmentally friendly. Of course for Americans it is the color of money.


This was an assignment from a Photoshop class I took awhile back. The topic was selective coloring and I picked green as my color. The first picture was boat I saw in Padstow, Cornwall. I converted the background to Black and White (which was fitting since it was a dreary day) and left the boat green. The boat’s name was ‘Diadem’ which means “a royal headband or something that adorns like a crown”.


This second picture is from our local train museum and the train was actually grey before the conversion. This locomotive and cars is from the old New Haven Central Line. It’s a EMD E-9A Diesel Electric Locomotive for you train buffs.

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55 comments:

Katney said...

I really do like the palm, it is interesting and natural.

Paulie said...

Green is great for G. . . I love green too! When I was teaching, I corrected in green because green is a sign of growth.

Lilli & Nevada said...

That was an amazing shot of the palm great G post

Kate said...

The green locomotive is outstanding!

Lana G! said...

Absolutely fabulous photos!

Daniel Chérouvrier said...

Vous devez avoir "la main verte".
As a cute gardener you should have green hands.

Anonymous said...

Good G post and lovely greens! :)

Lynette said...

I am so pleased that your picked green for your G photos--that palm is magnificent.

Pamela said...

The palm picture was exquisite!

(I took beginning photo-shop as a night class this winter. I was overwhelmed)

lareine said...

the palm shot is my fave (i'm a bit partial to plants :)).. i hope you can visit more tropical countries so you can take more pictures of them (and as you said, in their natural habitat:))

Jo's-D-Eyes said...

Hi D-flower,
This is a wonderfull G Theme for ABC wednesday,I LOOOOOVE your greens, please can you add me also on your ABC-blogroll?

I like your style of photography:)


Greetings from JoAnn/Holland
Visit my G for ABC wednesday

Anonymous said...

I was here for your WW, but I loved the green post even more! the fan shot is amazing!

ArneA said...

The job with the boat gave a really brilliant result

Anonymous said...

WOW!!!

Haydee said...

I love green...It's in the name too. Your pictures are always beautiful.

Mrs Mac said...

Brilliant photo's! I think I like the boat best!

Please visit my "G"!

Sharon said...

I like your choice for g. The palm was a great catch! The green train was really something.

FO - 2 said...

Wonderful green! :)
I love the first shot!

Anonymous said...

"G" is for "great" shots!

VP said...

Great photos! Especially the palm.

Pernille said...

You have a great and fantastic G's to day! But the palm is brilliant!

gma said...

My favorite color. Love your pix!!

Digital Flower Pictures said...

I am having computer troubles today. I can't figure out if it is the hardware or the strong winds. I am using my wife's computer to post this comment. I not sure how many people I can visit today but will try and catch when this gets straightened out.

Thanks so much for visiting and leaving a comment.

Daryl said...

Yup for us greedy Americans its the color of money .. and those Greenhouse Gases we gripe about letting escape ..

Anonymous said...

you are soooo good!!

DeeMom said...

Awesome, WOW love it

Miss_Yves said...

Fabulous work about "green"!
Fascinating pictures !

Berit T said...

Many good photo and good G!!!

Katarina said...

The shot of the palm leaf is terrific! The light through the fibres... wow! /Katarina at Roses and stuff

Petunia said...

For the first time today I say:
WOW!

Andrea said...

You found some nice greens. You did not post everyones favorite though....green money.

Dragonstar said...

I LOVE that palm frond! The light is absolutely superb!
Did I mention that I like it? LOL!

Neva said...

I like all your greens! I almost did "green" as in "environmental and changed my mind!

KOSTAS said...

Again him I will say!
Your blog he is amazing, with marvellous photographs and splendidly macro, but also very well-aimed comments!

Anne-Berit said...

Oh,I love the palmleaf,lovely color.Good G-post:o)

Jean M Fogle said...

The colors are so vivid!

david mcmahon said...

Wish I had the time to come here every single day.

My vote goes to the first shot. With fronds like that, who needs enemies?!!!

Kim said...

I love what you did with these photos to bring out the green. My favorite is the first one. I love the textures.

AutoSysGene said...

Your photos really are amazing!

Gypsy at heart said...

The photoshop tinkering is cool. I like the palm and the fact you managed to see that when everyone around you was distracted by the fancier part.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Thanks everyone. gypsy you hit pretty well for me. I was happy to be thinking outside of the box. It is sometimes easy to get in a rut with the camera. I am just happy it came out well.

Kalinka said...

G is for GREAT.

Nice photos.

Come and see my photos, please.

sandyland said...

you startled me in a good way !!

Annie said...

The mystery in the palm photo is very engaging. This image could be on a cover of a novel, framed and on display in a home or gallery - it's marvelous. And, yes, it's green, glorious green.

AVCr8teur said...

I like how you converted the photos to have a green hue. Love the lines of the frond and the light shining through it. I know how you feel about everyone taking the commonplace photos while you take something out of the ordinary. Good for you!

photowannabe said...

Love the isolated green..and the way the light goes through the fronds of the palm.

Priscilla George said...

That is a beautiful picture of the palm. I too love the way palms look. I have a hard time not taking a picture of a palm. Their leaves are always very interesting.

Anonymous said...

WoW......some very beautifully captured shots!

Gordon said...

Great photos. I really like the light and shadows on the leaf and the effects you got with photoshop.

Merisi said...

Beautiful pictures!
I did some colouring of black and white silver gelatine prints, but haven't even tried to play with the digital ones. Your creations make me want to! Thank you.

I came over from David's place.

Cath said...

These are brilliant but my favourite is the palm. Natural and unusual. Great use of lighting and angle. Love it.
Over from David's.

Edmund (the explorer) Nesbitt said...

Amaaaaaaaaaaaaazing!
My favourite is the palm too!

KML said...

Beautiful light in your palms!

San said...

Palms have a special place in my heart too. Your perspective is fresh and painterly.

Your other "greened" photos are wonderful too.

David sent me over. A soothing eyeful. Thank you.

Barbara said...

That palm is superb! I have arrived from David's site. I will visit again.