By happy coincidence, I actually have a macro shot (or nearly one anyway) as Mary suggested for this week's Ruby Tuesday post. I shot this one a few weeks ago. Just another purely average flower shot, pretty enough but definitely nothing to write home about. I didn't delete it though, because that little voice inside my head kept saying
don't look back you can never look back hang on, you're not done with this one yet.
I kept it in my file, glancing at it once in a while, still hearing that voice but having absolutely no idea what this little guy's destiny might be. Finally
as a way to avoid work yesterday in a fit of creativity I clicked on that little button in Picasa that says focal black and white, and the rest is history. A few minor tweaks in Photoshop and here we are, ready to pop. I don't even know why I clicked on that button. I haven't been doing my processing in Picasa since I got PSE, and even when I did I didn't usually like the results of that focal b&w function. Since it's not a "smart" effect it doesn't usually select only what I want it to and winds up making a very arbitrary distinction between color and black and white, and never where I'd like. Yesterday however the stars must have aligned because one little click got me just what I needed, even before I realized that that was in fact exactly what I'd been looking for.
It's not going to win me any awards, but still not bad for 10 minutes of random button pushing.
PS There are two different song references here. Anyone find them?