It was another HOT day here in Florida and between the harsh sun and the high temps, I was pleasantly surprised to see flowers capable of defying both! As the sun began to lower on the horizon, waves of color appeared when shooting into and around the large leaves of the Canna Lily. While the original image was fine on its own with basic adjustments in Adobe Lightroom, I felt it needed some texture and depth for the fore and background colors to grab onto and flow. After searching my Lightroom catalog, two images spoke to me. One, a Hydrangea Blur (very out of focus image shot for this purpose) and a pattern in the sand at Crescent Beach.
My workflow began by uploading into Lightroom and applying basic adjustments then moving into Photoshop where I did a little retouching, i.e. removed blemishes on the petals with the Spot Healing Brush and Clone Tool, as well as a little sharpening. I then introduced the Hydrangea Blur and selected the area of the overall image I wanted to use. This layer was added at 91% opacity in the Normal Blend mode. Over that I layered the sand at 43% opacity in Soft Blend mode. A mask was added over each layer to allow for selective masking with the brush. Once I was satisfied, I saved it back to Lightroom and made final tweaks to taste. The images below are: 1) Original w/Lightroom Adjustments, 2) Hydrangea Blur showing the portion applied, 3) Sand, and 4) the Final image.
Always remember that this is a marriage of photographic and post-processing skills along with a creative vision. No two photographers will see the same subject in the same artistic light. That's inspiration in itself! Just think of what you can do with your own imagination!
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