This week, the photo challenge team welcomes a guest challenger, Cee of Cee’s Photo Challenges. I’ve been a follower of photo challenges she posted or others she’s mentioned almost since I started blogging about photography. Her challenge this week features images of a single flower. She writes, “When I was asked to guest host, my first thought was it had to be a flower challenge and as I thought more about it, I came up with the topic one single flower. One of my favorite quotes is ‘If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.’ Buddha.” You can read her entire challenge post here.
Though I have little knowledge of varieties of flowers, (you’ll note my lack of names referenced in these images),, I know beauty when I see it. This challenge allowed me to review my gallery to look for floral images to share. I paired that task with another, improving my skills with Luminar. For each of these images, I found the original source right out of the camera, and after some basic Lightroom tweaks, I exported each image to Luminar Flex to complete the reprocessing.
This image happened to capture a bee in flight. Even though I’d seen a couple of bees flying around the plants, I didn’t expect to capture one. In the reprocessing, I cropped the image square to include the bee and since the background wasn’t quite out of focus enough, I added a soft filter mask to the background and a dark vignette to emphasize the two subjects.
This image needed only minor adjustments. I increased the sharpness of the flower and since I’d used a telephoto lens with a wide lens opening, the background needed no softening. I added a subtle vignette in Luminar and called the image finished.
My favorite floral image in my archive is this rose. It is the only image not captured with a DSLR and telephoto lens. I saw the flower sitting on the counter in a glass of water. I used my Samsung S5 cell phone, holding it directly over the top of the rose. The dark gray counter provided a perfect backdrop for this image. The light gray at the bottom is the reflection of a fluorescent tube ceiling light. The reprocessing included only a crop to a square format and a tweak on the Structure slider to bring out the definition in the petal edges.
Thanks again to Cee for allowing me to share some of my favorite flower images.