Witta Priester  

Frozen Flowers 6 by Witta Priester

October 2021 - Frozen Flowers 6

October 2021 - Witta Priester


About the Image(s)

I have continued to create and photograph a mix of local wildflowers frozen in blocks of ice. This arrangement was intended to be more regular than most that I've made.

I cropped the photo and worked it up in LR to get to the Start photo -- mostly I added a lot of texture and clarity to sharpen and enhance the trapped air bubbles. Then I started watching a video series from Harold Davis on his fabulous light-box flower compositions “Photographing flowers for transparency”. (I’ve just ordered a LED panel to try doing some of this.) That got me thinking, why not make my frozen flowers look more ethereal? I tried to do this by lightening the photo, and shifting the yellows to a more pastel-orange using a selective color adjustment layer in PS. Then selectively lightening and darkening various petals, berries, and flower parts. I prefer the final because of its delicacy and tonal interest.

5 comments posted

Michael Moore   Michael Moore
A lot of thought, planning and preparation have resulted in a very pleasing image. I like your edits and particularly how you have brought out all those lovely bubbles. I think you have captured that ethereal quality you were after.   Posted: 10/10/2021 09:28:28

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
You did, indeed, put a lot of work into this one. The complimentary colors of blue-violet and yellow-orange works very well here. It looks like the flowers are under sparkling water, a very interesting effect. Very nice.   Posted: 10/10/2021 11:42:21

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
The first time I looked a this beautiful image. It looks like great design for wallpaper. I think it could be a great design for dress material or shower curtain. I love this art work. I would not change a thing. Great job.   Posted: 10/11/2021 21:08:14

Denise McKay   Denise McKay
I really like your choice to change the colors within this photo. I agree that it improves the image. Like Connie, I felt the flowers look like they are floating in a bubbly liquid, not frozen and hard. Well done!   Posted: 10/12/2021 06:24:16

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
At first, I thought this was a variation on a lightbox technique. It's quite well done as an imitation of that. I also like the lighter colors. I've tried to imitate that technique also, using NIK Color Efex Pro with it's High Key preset. I've been wanting to try the frozen flower technique, but have not yet done so.

Good job!   Posted: 10/18/2021 14:28:23


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