For a change of pace this week I am experimenting with applying painterly effects to my images and the first of these images I am sharing originated in my backyard a couple of months ago. The original RAW image was slightly overexposed, so I adjusted exposure and contrast in Lightroom. I pulled the image in to Photoshop and used the Topaz Labs Simplify plug-in to create an oil paint effect and I used a Photoshop filter to create a background layer of artificial sandstone texture. During these processes I also reduced detail and darkened objects that were in the background. I really wanted to emphasize the vertical lines from the rigid green stems and contrast them with the flower petals which have an almost creamy soft look to them.
Some macro action to start off the weekend. Judy has planted a bunch of these in the backyard, but I don’t have a clue as to their name, so the title of this blog post comes from the image sequence number from this photo shoot. I’ve got plenty more of this flower variety in various stages of unfolding and may post more variations in the future, if someone would like to help me out with identifying this specimen I can be more specific in the future. As it stands today, here is a flower that caught my eye, I like the colors and am fairly happy with the detail, not satisfied mind you, just fairly happy.