Loving Couple

I love taking photos like this – soft, ethereal/otherworldly – of flowers. To me, this is the heart and soul of flowers; how they appear to other flowers and the insects that pollinate them. This was an in-camera double exposure of some purple irises and orange lilies that I had bought at Trader Joe’s.

Original photo taken with the Olympus OM-D EM-5

Original photo taken with the Olympus OM-D EM-5

 

Camera settings were:

  • ISO: 100
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Shutter Speed: 0.5
  • Lens: “Old School” Sigma 50mm macro (manual focus)

 

This is another hybrid processing/styling photo. I started in Lightroom and only checked the box for Chromatic Aberration as there was a small amount on the tip of the stamen facing left. I then used Google Nik Collection’s Define 2 to get rid of any noise. I then went to use Viveza 2 but was not happy with the way the left hand side (light blue area) looked; I canceled and went back to Lightroom where I cropped the photo to a 3:2 ratio – I liked the composition much better.

Cropping 16:9 to 3:2

Cropping from 16:9 to 3:2

 

I went back into Viveza 2 and made a few subtle changes.

After Viveza 2

After Viveza 2

 

I then went into Color Efex Pro 4 and went through my recipes and ended up modifying one to where I used Sunlight and Detail Extractor. Again, it was a subtle difference and Detail Extractor was applied only to the two main stamens.

After Color Efex Pro 4

After Color Efex Pro 4

 

I then decided to play around with the photo in Analog Efex Pro. I liked the look but wanted the stamens to remain more the focus. I was getting tired of sitting in front of the laptop so I copied the files to my DropBox folder and then turned off the computer (after the files had synced).

After Analog Efex Pro

After Analog Efex Pro

 

On my iPad mini I decided to try blending the two photos  together, but I never could get a look that zinged me. I then opened PhotoToaster and started playing around with the Vignette(s); after trying each one I finally ended up using Large Black.

Adding Large Black Vignette in Photo Toaster

Adding Large Black Vignette in Photo Toaster

 

I then started playing around with the textures and finally settled on Stucco, once I lowered the strength. It kind of reminded me of the drive-in movie days.

Adding Stucco texture and lowering the strength

Adding Stucco texture and lowering the strength

 

 

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

Adding my logo/watermark, metadata and Stegomark in iWatermark+

Adding 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.

Adding black borders in Insta Full Size

Adding black borders in Insta Full Size

 

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

Loving Couple - Before and After

Loving Couple – Before and After

 

 

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

  • 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)
  • Photo Toaster
  • iWatermark +
  • Insta Full Size
  • Leonardo

 

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

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