This pair of Dames Rocket wildflowers is a good example of using balance in your flower photography.
These blooms almost look like they are a mirror effect of a single flower that was created in post processing. But they are not. This is the actual composition of these flowers. The way these flowers are composed gives a balanced feel to the photograph.
I also processed the flowers with a painted effect (below). I used the Watercolor III filter in Topaz Impression and the Black Rose preset in Topaz Adjust to create an artistic look in photograph shown below.
I find that it’s always a good idea to apply presets from Topaz Impression or another painting plugin to your flower photographs. You never know what kind of art you may get.
- Cropped the photo in Lightroom 5.
- Applied the Detail Extractor Filter in Color Efex Pro 4.
- Used the Flowers II filter in Topaz Clarity.
Applied the Lighten / Darken Center Filter twice in Color Efex Pro 4. I did this to darken the background and brighten the 2 flowers. I stacked two copies of the filter. In the first filter, I centered the effect on the left flower while putting a negative control point over the right flower. I reversed this in the second filter.
- Used Viveza 2 to selectively lighten and darken areas of the photo.
- Selectively removed noise from the photo using Topaz DeNoise.
- Selectively sharpened the photo using the Unsharp Mask Filter in Photoshop CC 2014. The layer mask was copied and modified from the last processing step.
Written by Martin Belan
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