Purple Flower in the Fog
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Photo Story: Purple Flower in the Fog

This purple flower was photographed at the edge of a pond.  The mist rising off of the pond in the background gives a foggy look to the photo. This wildflower is called a Pickerel Rush, also called a Pickerel Weed.

Purple Flower in the Fog

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.

Pickerel Rush Photo Details

Camera:  Olympus OM-D E-M1
Lens:   Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
Focal Length:  60mm
ISO:  250
Aperture:   f/9.0
Shutter Speed: 1/80 of a second
Exposure Compensation: +1
Lighting: Sunny Morning with mist rising off a Pond

Wildflower Photo Processing

  • Cloned out some background distractions using the Clone Stamp Tool in Photoshop CC 2014.
  • Selectively lightened and darkened parts of the image using Viveza from the Nik Collection.
  • 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

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