Playing with flowers….again….

Took this original of a columbine-type flower in The Sister’s front yard last May.

In PSE, I adjusted the lightness and contrasts a little, then worked on the hue and saturation in the green and yellow channels to bring those colours up.

Then I used a simple “old paper” texture in PSE

and layered it on top of the flower. I decreased the opacity to about 37%. After that, I selected the flower layer and used the “omni” lighting effect in filters to highlight the flower’s centre.

Finally, the image was “flattened” and the sharpness adjusted.

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Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
May 13, 2010

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 17 to 70, Tamron doubler, 140 mm equivalent
iso 100, spot metered, manual focus, aperture priority F 9.5, 1/250 second


flowers, layers, columbine, digitalmanipulations, artistic, feetyur

In love with Ma Nature! Always have been, always will be. Let’s keep her safe, eh?

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  • Dorothy Thomson
    Dorothy Thomsonover 3 years ago

    This is lovely Mike and the title………cracking lol

  • LOL! Thanks, Dorothy. I was going to call it The Sex Pistils…. but refrained just in case some viewers were not familiar with Messrs Vicious, Rotten, et al.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 3 years ago

    Great image and processing mate…….Then the title…LOL.

  • Many thanks for your kind words and the compliment of the “fave”, Colin! Much appreciated. The title was a result of not knowing if they were stamens, pistils or both and being to lazy to check. And, of course, my slightly warped mind….

    – Mike Oxley

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 3 years ago

    I wish I could master the softness you have here. Excellent work Mike.

  • Much appreciated, Al, and thanks for the “fave”, too! The softness is the result of the widest aperture I could use with the doubler and, of course, the texture layer.

    – Mike Oxley

  • polly470
    polly470over 3 years ago

    That has to get an award for the most hilarious pun on rb!! And the picture is cracking as well !

  • LOL! Many thanks, Polly! I was going to call it “What kind of liquor do you get from a pistil….”

    – Mike Oxley

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunterover 3 years ago

    This is beautiful, very nicely edited!

  • Much appreciated, Pam! Thanks so very much.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Brock Hunter
    Brock Hunterover 3 years ago

    god save the pistols. nice shot Mike : )

  • Much appreciated, Brock! Thanks, eh?

    – Mike Oxley

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 3 years ago

    Oh this is simply beautiful almost looks painted. Thank you so much for your guiode next to how you created it. I have learnt something new about being able to pick the flower layer and work on that after you have blended it. I will have to see how to do that over the weekend.

  • Thanks for your very kind words, Karen. So greatly appreciated! This is a fairly new area for me and I’m learning as I go. If my descriptions help anyone, even if only a little, then I’m glad to add them.

    – Mike Oxley

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 3 years ago
    This is anot only a brilliant shot but the title is also very well thought out.

    brilliant Mike

  • Many thanks for your very kind words, Malcolm! The title was a wee bit of a stretch! :o)

    – Mike Oxley

  • Aileen David
    Aileen Davidover 3 years ago

    Wonderful piece Mike; love all the elements INCLUDING the title :)

  • Thanks so very much, Aileen! And the “fave” is so greatly appreciated, too! The title? Well, I do try. Some folks say I’m very trying….

    – Mike Oxley

  • nastruck
    nastruckover 3 years ago

    Excellent work Mr Mike

  • Much appreciated on all counts, Sir Harold! Many thanks!

    – Mike Oxley

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