June 23

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I spent 10 minutes on this image in Nik Color Efex Pro 4, a tiny fraction of the time spent on the image below.

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I converted this image of an orange cactus flower into black and white because the original colors just weren’t working for me — I had shot it in bright sunlight. I tried a lot of different things, and this photo is a combined product of Photoshop, Nik Silver Efex Pro 2, Color Efex Pro 4 and, finally, Lightroom’s split-toning controls, which I don’t think I’ve ever used before.

And to start things out, I focus-stacked four images of the flower in Photoshop so the center of the flower would be in focus. When I shot it originally I focused from front to back.

In the end, I don’t think this photo was worth all the time I spent on it, but once I got going I couldn’t stop. It’s all about the photographic journey for me.


8 thoughts on “June 23

  1. Somehow, B&W doesn’t work for me with flowers. I guess a lot of my passion for them comes from the colours, textures and patterns, though saying that I DO like the centre of the B&W shot and I admire your dedication in the post processing room πŸ™‚
    Jude xx

  2. I like both. I think the B&W is great for bringing out the structure and detail of the centre of the flower but I love the colours of the petals. I’m glad you are having more luck with Nik Efex than I am – after working well for ages it didn’t like my new version of Photoshop!

    • Thanks for your comments, Lisa. Re Nik, maybe look for updates or try downloading Color Efex Pro 4 again? I haven’t been having problems since upgrading to CS6.

  3. I like them both too. The b&w has an elegant, silvery quality that needs no apology as far as I’m concerned. The color of course speaks for itself.

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