Photography Project: Processing a flower three ways

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This was one of those flowers that I feel in love with immediately, and then proceeded to hate as I began to photograph it.  I loved the fringed petals, but couldn’t seem to find an angle that would do it justice.

After photographing the flower on a white background and a black background over several days I called it quits (and so did the flower, it was looking way past prime).  I focused on experimenting with processing techniques and was pleasantly surprised with the number of different treatments that looked nice.

This image was processed using Basic adjustments in Lightroom.

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Taking the basic image one-step further, I processed it in Topaz Labs using Topaz Simplify and the Buzz Sim effect.

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Still feeling like there was more room to play, I took the Lightroom version of the image, and processed it again in Topaz Labs Simplify but used BuzzSim with a black and white effect.  Usually I don’t create a monochrome image when there is a strong “color story”, but I felt this version accentuated the shape of the flower and the petals, and I like it best.

 

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