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This is actually a white dahlia, and it ended up black purely by accident. I was using a “selective color” adjustment layer in Photoshop CS6 to remove some gray in the petals, and I happened to move the black slider to the right instead of the left and I just loved the way the flower looked!

Of course I wasn’t happy with the background, so I isolated the flower and put a base texture (Vintage Clouds from French Kiss Textures) behind it. And then the fun begins…

I thought the flower needs more definition so I ran the Photoshop Poster Edges filter, and moved on to the background. I used several layers of Metallurgy from French Kiss Impressions V.4 set to different blend modes and opacities and finished it off with the grungy flourish from the French Script brushes, also from French Kiss Textures.

Nikon D700 with Nikon 105mm micro lens

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Top Ten Artistry Group Floral Artistry Challenge (March 11, 2014)

Featured in 60 and Beyond (March 2, 2014)

Featured in Superbly Visual (February 23, 2014)

Featured in Pixelations (February 18, 2014)

Featured in Fabulous Flowers (February 14, 2014)

Featured in The World as We See It (February 13, 2014)

Featured in Feminine Intent (February 12, 2014)

Featured in International Showcase (February 9, 2014)

Featured in A Place to Start (February 8, 2014)

Featured in The World as We See It (February 7, 2014)


dahlia, flower, black, abstract, textures, macro, anita pollak

I am a photographer living in Massachusetts and my passion is flowers. I take the time to reveal the special beauty of each flower and I hope that comes through as you look at my work.

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  • Albert
    Albert7 months ago

    Great work….. Very beautiful ….Cheers!

  • Wow, that was quick! Thank you so much for your kind comments, Albert!

    – Anita Pollak

  • michaelasamples
    michaelasamples7 months ago

    Nice work – I love it.

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments, Michael!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...7 months ago

    You achieved such a sophisticated look in this wonderfully creative work, Anita! I’m not about to wish bad weather on anyone, but if this is what snow and cold help you achieve because you have no outdoor flowers to photograph, then bad weather has its good side. Thank you for sharing your process – especially what happened when you moved a slider in the “wrong” direction! Instant fave!

  • Thank you so much for your delightful comments, Celeste! This one really took me by surprise – I ended up a long way from where I started, but that’s the fun of the creative process, with a big dose of good luck added in this case.

    I really appreciate your kind words about what I can do when there are no flowers to shoot. I’ll definitely be playing with some more of last year’s images, and hopefully some will turn out as well as this did. And thanks for the fave too!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watson7 months ago

    Excellent work. So beautiful. Love the inner glow.

  • Thank you so much for your very kind comments and the fave, Joy! I love that glow too!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Christina Brundage
    Christina Brun...7 months ago

    Anita, this is superb! I have to go see if you posted it in the group!

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments – I was going to put it in the group last night but I was too tired. It’s there now!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Christina Brundage
    Christina Brun...7 months ago

    Didn’t see your gorgeous picture on the group – you really ought to post it there. Truly spectacular work!

  • Thanks again Christina! I had a lot of fun with this one, although I had to finally tell myself to stop tweaking and post it already!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
  • Thank you so much for the feature and the fave, Corri – I really appreciate both!

    – Anita Pollak

  • autumnwind
    autumnwind7 months ago

    Happy accidents lead to the most gorgeous images!! Incredibly beautiful, you did a lot of work to make a superb creation. There is something so perfect about the title too. Just love it, wow! : ))))
    Warm hugs, shar xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox♥

  • Thank you so much for your delightful comments and the fave, Shar – your words always brighten my day! Warm hugs to you too!

    – Anita Pollak

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDavies7 months ago

    Great processing, back lighting and texture!

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments and the fave, Angie! I’m glad you’re not expecting too much snow from the next storm. Hopefully the weather pattern will change and we’ll be storm-free for awhile!

    – Anita Pollak

  • ienemien
    ienemien7 months ago

    Congratulations! Featured February 9, 2014!

    Congratulations with your feature, you can also find it every Sunday in
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    Your art and photo quality is wonderful and deserves it to be featured!
    Warm Greetings from Ien … Bye

  • Thank you so much for the feature and the fave, Ien – I really appreciate both!

    – Anita Pollak

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