One of my goals in flower photography is to shoot multiples when possible. For me, isolating a single flower is much easier. How does one bring order or find a composition within the multiples of blooms? This, for me, is much more difficult to see and accomplish.
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The last time I asked for feedback on a flower comparison, everyone liked the colour image hands down. Well hard to argue with that. So I have included the colour image but I have to admit that I processed it last. I am not a fan of yellow flowers not quite sure why. Maybe because I tend to get an image filled with yellow and green colour that doesn’t appeal to me. So these are the images that I tend to experiment with monotone and split tones.
I also like the effect of bokeh in my backgrounds. But sometimes this can backfire and the background competes with the subject. In this case, the shapes of the petals are harder to see. Processing in monotone definitely helps to isolate the flowers from the background.
I very much like this antique tone preset from Lightroom. I always tweak it a little, adding a little more clarity, so the focus is not as soft as the preset would have made it. Let me know what you think. Does the colour win hands down again or are there some fans of the conversion images? Remember to click on the images to enlarge for better viewing. All the better for a good comparison. Thanks everyone…I appreciate your honesty and constructive comments.