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Chrysanthemum.

Last year we bought these Chrysanthemum plants at a local nursery. They were pretty. Then they appeared to die, barely lingering on through the winter. They were left in their pots, mainly because we didn’t have the time to weed them out.

Then they started growing into green bushes several feet across. And in October just as everything was getting gloomy and dying off they produced myriads of flower buds… which opened to flowers. And what a cheery (if slightly deranged) sight they are in November.

I have an extended, part-time project to explore taking images of flowers and processing them into black and white. Colour so often dominates our appreciation of flowers I find it’s interesting to explore them without colour and see what is left. Quite a lot is the early evidence - all shapes and textures...

This is for the Thursday Monochrome group today.

Thank you for taking the time to look. I hope you enjoy some November flowers! Happy Monochrome Thursday :)

[Developed in Capture One for a good colour range (the flowers are deep pink, about 2 inches across), and brightness.
Processed in Affinity Photo using Nik filters.
Firstly Color Efex to add a Classic Soft Focus effect.
Then Silver Efex for the B&W conversion starting from the Fine Art preset.
Quite a lot of work using control point selections to brighten the centre of the main flower, and the flowers and buds on the lower left.
A bit of a dark vignette and some toning (based on a bluey-maroon colour). I love toning B&Ws. Too much. Perhaps I’ll grow up someday. (Don’t wait around, lol.)
Finally a bit of sharpening in Photo (USM), a bit of desaturation because I’d overcooked the toning in Efex, and a bit more tweaking shadows and highlights. I was going for a brooding low key look.
Also quite a bit of inpainting (aka healing brush) to removed white pollen specs everywhere.]
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  • Taken: Nov 27, 2019
  • Uploaded: Nov 28, 2019
  • Updated: Dec 5, 2019