Echinacea - processed with Silver Efex Pro

Posted by karla (Omaha, United States) on 28 September 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Ah well, the best laid plans of mice and humans do not always work out. But here I am, back again. Speaking of mice, we had a mouse in the house last night, immediately dispatched after a whirlwind of broom, dust mop, husband's gloved hands, and a plastic bag, though I felt rather sorry for the little creature. The image above is worked in Photoshop with a layer produced in Nik's Silver Efex Pro 2 (amazing program). The border and grain is also gained in SEP. I used two layers, the original background image and above it the SEP layer with opacity reduced to show a hint of color. So there we are---I have not been posting, but I have taken a little time for "playing". And, no, I do not have a picture of the mouse!

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DIMITRIOS from ATHENS, Greece

I like the pale colours there*

28 Sep 2011 6:52am

@DIMITRIOS: Thanks, Dimitrios. I think the pastels was what captured me a bit, too, because it was so different from the more intense color of the original.

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Lovely - love the pastel and the framing. One suggestion would be to darken the bright spot on the right frame. Eye is always drawn to bright spots and you want your subject to draw all the attention!

28 Sep 2011 2:03pm

@Barbara Kile: Yes, you are so right, Barbara! Thanks for pointing it out. I appreciate your objective critiquing. I can become blind to these things, after staring at an image too long. I will see what I can do to diminish that too-bright spot. :) Thanks again!

franz from Baden, Austria

superb looking result! i like the grainy effect and the muted colors as well as the wonderful background bokeh! good to see more of you again!

28 Sep 2011 5:42pm

@franz: Thank you, Franz! :)

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Hi Karla
It is good to see you posting again. I like the diagonal composition and the very pleasing soft color combo very much.

28 Sep 2011 10:42pm

@Arnd: Thanks, Arnd. I appreciate your comment! It's been a busier summer than expected, all good, but energy goes only so far when sleep is also needed. I am trying to catch up with blogs now.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

exquisite. marvelous tones

29 Sep 2011 12:07am

@john4jack: Thanks! It is one of those images with a thousand and one possibilities, which teaches me to make a decision! ;)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Very nice processing.

6 Oct 2011 1:21pm

@B. Thomas: Thanks, Barbara. I seem to be experimenting a bit lately, when there is time. Thanks for the comment!

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Soft and lovely.

10 Oct 2011 3:54pm

@Anita: Thanks!! I am trying various things with SEP plug-in and I'm finding it is more flexible than I realized it might be. One can do borders as well with it by using that layer by choosing a layer mode. Having fun with the many possibilities in post-processing is part of the joy I get from photography. Its the choosing that is overwhelming at times! ;)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Wonderful! I love that plug-in and use it a lot.

25 Oct 2011 5:57pm

@Steve Rice: I tried the demo first, and decided I could not live without it. I have found that it is quite versatile and love the infinite choices one has. I need to use it more!

Kat from Lorraine, France

Superbe !

21 Nov 2011 7:18am

@Kat: Thank you very much! Merci beaucoup !

Laurens Kuipers from Enschede, Netherlands

nice image!

23 Jan 2012 1:31pm

@Laurens Kuipers: Thank you, Laurens! Nice that you commented on this one!

Nikon D300
1/125 second
F/6.3
ISO 200
157 mm (35mm equiv.)

echinacea
purple-cone-flower
toned

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