Denise McKay  

Moody Rose by Denise McKay

July 2024 - Moody Rose

July 2024 - Denise McKay


About the Image(s)

A rose portrait taken indoors on a tripod using a mix of natural light on one side and diffused LED light on the other. Backdrop was black velvet. Taken with a Lensbaby 85 mm at f 16, shutter speed 1/5 sec, ISO 400.

Basic edits in Lightroom included adding some clarity and texture. Then, I wanted to give this beautiful rose a little more "mood" and a painterly effect, so in Topaz Studio II I added two filter layers; Impression and Smudge. With Impression I added some brush strokes and used the Overlay blend mode which added saturation and darkened the shadows. The Smudge filter was used to make the brush strokes softer and give the image a more creamy finish as well as sharpening the edges; used the Normal blend mode for that layer.

My hope is that the viewer still sees this as a beautiful flower, not over-processed, and feels something when they see it.

4 comments posted

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
Definitly not over-processed. Your rose is perfectly enhanced by the darker contrast that shows up due to the filters you applied. I can almost smell this rose, as it really grips my attention to its peaceful beauty.   Posted: 07/06/2024 11:16:58
Denise McKay   Denise McKay
Thanks Georgianne!   Posted: 07/12/2024 16:27:16

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
You have deepened the colors and brought out the texture. The DOF is perfect. You lit the subject well; the fill light was well used. The original is so good, there didn't seem any way to improve it; but you did.   Posted: 07/12/2024 14:14:58
Denise McKay   Denise McKay
Thank you Connie!   Posted: 07/12/2024 16:27:50


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