Fred Giese  

Inside the Flower by Fred Giese

June 2022 - Inside the Flower

June 2022 - Fred Giese


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Inside the Flower

By frederick h giese

They say, ‘if you can do what makes you happy, you are 75% there”. For me that’s photographing flowers or close-ups or using textures and if I can combine all three, I am really happy.

This is an Amaryllis that was slightly past its’ prime as you can see by the original. What drew me in was the bright yellow center and the stamens and stigma. I used a Black and White Adjustment layer, then painted back the center at 100% and the petals at approx. 60%. Using a texture, I painted in the center and the stamens at 100%, then using my brush at 25% used a circular motion from center outwards to just show a hint of the petals.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
3 comments posted

Ham Hayes   Ham Hayes
Fred, I think you met your happiness criteria! Your treatment of the petals is a perfect frame for the vibrant and detailed center of the flower. And to my eye, there's quite a 3D effect with the stamens that 'pops' even more with a little tighter cropping. Wonderful image!   Posted: 06/06/2022 10:50:16

Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Hi Fred,
Your image is my goal for joining this group. I want to create enjoyable, or at least more powerful images than my camera can do. Macro, composites and establishing a vision. You checked all these boxes for me with your image. It belongs on a wall!!

The only suggestion I have is to add the missing end of the stamen, only because it sticks out. I guess it could also be cloned out, but I think it belongs. Wonderful image, sharp, soft color palette.   Posted: 06/12/2022 14:40:14
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RH Samarakone   RH Samarakone
Hi Fred, I really like what you have done...subdued colors and the texture adds to the impact its is creating.

I am just wondering if it would be even better if you were to bring back a tad bit of purple closer to the stamens to just to get them to pop...

well done!   Posted: 06/13/2022 21:39:39