So I shot a bit on the way home today. I didn’t get anything good, except for this shot, which isn’t particularly brilliant or anything, but appeared to have some possibilities, so I started playing around.
If you look closely, there’s a strange sort of border or frame around this. This comes courtesy of a group of adjustment brushes/sliders that I found in Aperture: iPhoto Effects. I had no idea this existed, and everything is way overdone (the edge blur effect, seen here, is at ~15%), but they add a nice change from my usual mix of standard sliders, and the edge blur is rather effective here, I think.
It may not be great, but at least it’s not another #$*%&^@ macro abstraction.
D7000. Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 ai. ISO100, 1/5000th (APmode), f/2.8. About 25 minutes worth of slider play in Aperture, plus some fiddling with Topaz Labs Adjust 5 (didn’t find anything), and a perhaps final attempt to get photomerge or merge to HDR pro working in CS6 (both fail, still: must research).