This purple flower was photographed at the edge of a pond. The mist rising off the pond in the background gives a foggy look to the photo.
When going on a photo hike in the early morning, look for flowers at the edge of ponds, lakes, and rivers to photograph. The water or mist rising off the water can provide a clean background for your photographs.
I left some of the reeds in the background to add interest to the photo. I also cropped the photo from the left to balance the flower and the reeds in the photograph.
Since I had the foggy background for the flower, I wanted create an ethereal like look to the photograph. I spent quite a bit of time looking through filters and presets before deciding on a direction to process the image. I ended up spending quite a bit of time post processing this image. See the processing steps below to see how I finally decided to process the image.
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1
Lens: Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
Focal Length: 60mm
Shutter Speed: 1/80 of a second
Exposure Compensation: +1
Lighting: Sunny Morning with mist rising off a Pond
- Cloned out some background distractions using the Clone Stamp Tool in Photoshop CC 2014.
- Selectively lightened and darkened parts of the image using Viveza 2 from Google.
- Used the 70’s Chrome Little recipe in Color Efex Pro 4 as a starting point for my processing. I removed the border from the filter. The 70’s Chrome Little recipe uses the Film Efex Vintage, Vignette Lens, and Image Borders filters.
- Used the Hunter Green Colored filter in Topaz Adjust to add a slightly green tone to the Background. Used a layer mask in Photoshop CC 2014 to only apply the filter to the background of the photo.
- Selectively sharpened the image using the Unsharp filter and a layer mask in Photoshop CC 2014. Copied the layer mask from the prior step.
- Cropped the photo in Lightroom 5 and increased the saturation and luminance of the purples and magenta colors in the photo using the color sliders.
Written by Martin Belan