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I dont’ think that perfection means beauty. More often than not, the imperfect is more interesting and attractive, with flowers as much as anything else.

I shot this sunflower on an overcast day, against the sky, and using fill-in flash. I thought it turned out sharp and detailed, but unnatural looking. The textures and shapes really appealed to me, so I took the opportunity to have some fun with the image. Why not make it more unnatural looking, but my way.
I converted it from RAW and postprocessed it in hdr software; then took it into PhotoImpact. I then added a hint of sepia toning, then a fading filter to soften it a bit. Finally, I added a little more contrast. I’m very pleased with the results.

Canon EOS 450D 18-5mm lens with polarizer filter and on-camera flash.


yellow, flowers, green, sunflower, agnes mcguinness, wall decor, interior design, decorative


  • Yool
    Yoolover 5 years ago

    Great job ….looks stunning!!!!

  • Thank you very much, Yool. I must admit, I’m very pleased how it turned out. Agnes xx

    – Agnes McGuinness

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessover 5 years ago

  • David Robinson
    David Robinsonover 5 years ago

    Lovely work Agnes! You are right to be pleased with the results … they are wonderful. Thx for letting us know how you got there … it’s always nice to hear how others work.

  • Thank you so very much, David. Much appreciated. Agnes xx

    – Agnes McGuinness

  • red addiction
    red addictionover 5 years ago


  • Thank you, my friend. Agnes xx

    – Agnes McGuinness

  • CanDuCreations
    CanDuCreationsover 5 years ago

    Awesome work Agnes

  • Thank you kindly, Thea, and thanks for the favourite. Agnes xx

    – Agnes McGuinness

  • Kasey Cline
    Kasey Clineover 5 years ago

    Great shot Ms Agnes. Love the bg and the perspective is so cool!!! The splash of yellow really makes this!

  • Thank you so much, my friend. Agnes xx

    – Agnes McGuinness

  • lefty1
    lefty1over 5 years ago

    it may be fading, but you make it look so elegant

  • Thank you very much, John. It’s a bit like me – the fading bit, that is. LOL. Agnes xx

    – Agnes McGuinness

  • Angi Baker
    Angi Bakerover 5 years ago

    Graet Shot Agnes

  • Thank you so much, Angi. Agnes xx

    – Agnes McGuinness

  • Angi Baker
    Angi Bakerover 5 years ago

    …LOL, I meant Great Agnes, boy I need to wake up…

  • LOL! Glad I’m not the only one. Agnes xx

    – Agnes McGuinness

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 5 years ago
    OH Agnes all your work paid off, this is beautiful, love the detail.


  • Thank you kindly, Malcolm. Agnes xx

    – Agnes McGuinness

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