Ethereal Purple Irises

Last week, while shopping at Trader Joe’s, I was taken with these beautiful purple iris flowers that were still buds for $2.99. I also bought an orange lily of some sort (not daylily). I was going to take a photo of all of the buds the next day, but when I woke up all of the irises (and one of the lilies) were completely open! Now I had to set aside some time to take photos.

While waiting for the new version of onOne Perfect Photo Suite ON1 Perfect Photo 10 to come out later this month I’ve found myself playing around again with the Google Nik Collection. Here are two photos that I’ll be processing/styling very similarly.



I started by adjusting the white balance in Lightroom then sent both images into Define 2 to get rid of any noise; there wasn’t much, if any, as I shot the photos at ISO 100. I then sent the photo(s) into Viveza 2 for some minor lighting adjustments.


My next step was to send “Ballerina Iris” into Color Efex Pro 4 where I added five filters, and created a recipe, that contained:

  • Detail Extractor
  • Darken/Lighten Center
  • Foliage
  • Vignette: Lens
  • Vignette: Blur

After tweaking some settings and adding Control Points I was happy with the photo, even if it was a bit “over the top” saturation/color wise.

After Color Efex Pro 4

After Color Efex Pro 4



I used the Ballerina Iris photo first in Analog Efex Pro 2. I created a Custom “Camera Kit” that consisted of the following Tools:

  • Bokeh
  • Double Exposure
  • Light Leaks
  • Lens Vignette

Here was the result…

Ethereal Iris - After creating the look in Analog Efex Pro 2

Ethereal Iris – After creating the look in Analog Efex Pro 2



I used the same Custom “Camera Kit” for the iris portrait , but made some changes then saved it as a new Custom “Camera Kit”.

Iris Portrait

Iris Portrait



I was now done with the look of Iris Portrait. I used Dropbox to transfer two versions of the “Ballerina Iris” (and Iris Portrait) to my iPad mini. I then used iColorama to blend (Soft Light) the two versions of Ballerina Iris and then masked what I didn’t want changed.

Blending and masking in iColorama

Blending and masking in iColorama


Ballerina Iris

Ballerina Iris


I was now ready to add my logo/watermark, metadata and StegoMark in iWatermark+.


To get the image ready to post on Instagram I used Insta Full Size and selected the black borders.


The final step was creating the Before and After photo in Leonardo.



If you use Google Nik Collection and would like the presets click here to get them from my dropbox. If you don’t know how to add them to the User Presets, use the Contact Form and I’ll help you.



List of apps/software used in this post and their links…

  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
  • Dfine2 (part of the Google Nik Collection)
  • Viveza 2 (part of the Google Nik Collection)
  • Color Efex Pro 4 (part of the Google Nik Collection)
  • Analog Efex Pro 2 (part of the Google Nik Collection)
  • iColorama
  • iWatermark +
  • Insta Full Size
  • Leonardo


Products used in this post ( affiliate links unless otherwise noted)…


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