Denise McKay  

Poet's Narcissus by Denise McKay

May 2021 - Poet's Narcissus

May 2021 - Denise McKay


May 2021 - Denise McKay

Original 2

May 2021 - Denise McKay

Original 3

About the Image(s)

I came across this little flower during a walk through a local park. What really caught my eye were the colors of the cup in the center. I loved the bright red/orange frilly edges along the yellow cup surrounded by white petals. I learned this species of daffodil is called Poet's Narcissus.

In the patch that I found, all of the flowers were hanging downwards and fairly close to the ground. You can see from the original shot this was the angle I had to deal with to take the photo. In Lightroom I rotated the photo and cropped in to keep the main focus on the center cup. Original 2 shows that result.

I then completed other Lightroom adjustments; increased the exposure, used the Radial filter to isolate the cup and a little of the petals on the right that were connected, then increased the clarity and opened the shadows in the selected area.

I wasn't thrilled with the background so used the Spot Removal tool as a clone stamp, and pulled some of the darker background into the light streaky areas. I then took the image into Color Efex Pro 4 and added two filters which I customized - one that focused on lightening the center, and another to add a dark green color vignette. I tried to make the changes fairly subtle. The results was Original 3.

Then I decided to make a brighter image with a textured background, so took the image into Photoshop and added a texture. I used the Normal blend mode, and added a mask to use a brush to paint the texture off of the flower, just leaving it on the background.

I went back into Lightroom and added a little sharpening to just the center cup, and decided to use an adjustment brush to darken just the background a little more. I then made a slight adjustment to the red hues to bring out the edge just a bit more before saving my final image.

I'm undecided about whether I like the brighter, final image, versus the darker, Original 3 image.


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