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Peter Whitfield / 7 items

N 11 B 1.2K C 16 E Jan 18, 2020 F Jan 19, 2020
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Chrysanthemum flower.

The name chrysanthemum means gold flower in Greek.

In many European countries Chrysanthemums are associated with death and funerals. In China where most of the varied genus comes from they a linked with trial and adversity.

Where I live they are loved as cheerful and colourful, all year round cut flowers that last a long time and are photogenic - a ready photographic model available in any season :)

Some while ago I starting working on a set of images for Sliders Sunday based on a photograph I took on the old little camera almost five years ago now. I never got around to publishing them, so in the past couple of days I have been finishing them off.

So another set. The usual approach: take one starting image; try mangling in different ways, see if we can reach some interesting but distinctly different endpoint, rinse, repeat.

For this set I largely wanted to avoid using Topaz filters as they are just too addictive - a veritable kindergarten of toys. I sought some different exercise instead, so there is only one Topaz variant.

This set has seven images in it (you can see them all in the Chrysanthemum Set album www.flickr.com/gp/pixelatedsky/u986f4). In my defence three of them are pretty photorealistic, two in colour and one black and white.

Of course, these mangling sets are an unashamedly selfish pursuit of mine, being that I have most of the fun messing about with the mangling. But it’s always fascinating to hear from you which (if any) you prefer. It becomes startlingly apparent that we are all different, and although that sounds pretty obvious it’s easy for me to forget!

Now I have to say that my wife, my lover, my best friend and my art director have all conspired to speak with one voice (as they so often do). They only like one of them, as far as I can determine (it never does to probe too closely into the intricacies of their minds :) ), and it’s not the one I would have guessed.
The point is to reassure you: my expectation is already set low so even if you don’t like any of them I haven’t far to fall. Always a good place to be :)

I never know which one to actually choose for Sliders Sunday. I have about three and a half favourites in this set, and the one in the top slot seems to change by time of day...

I rather like this one though. I have noticed previously that flowers often look really intriguing in a mirror filter (I first came across this using a free phone app called Mirrorlab). The image is in monochrome to emphasise the shapes and patterns. Can you see a face I wonder...

As usual, I shall post a link to the in-camera original in the first comment so you can see how far we came.

Thank you for taking the time to look. I hope you enjoy the image and the series. Happy Sliders Sunday!

[Handheld in daylight.
Processed Photolab for colour and tonal range.
Sharpening and in-painting to tidy up the detail in Affinity.
Converted to B&W in Silver Efex, going for high contrast and structure.
Mirrored in Affinity with (I think) one mirror and choosing the origin and input and output angles to find something interesting.]

Tags:   Chrysanthemum flower manipulation Sliders Sunday Cambridge Cambridgeshire England

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Chrysanthemum flower.

See Alien Blink, www.flickr.com/gp/pixelatedsky/y600M6, for the full description for this series. The set itself is in the album at www.flickr.com/gp/pixelatedsky/u986f4 .

This was mainly done using layer blend modes, and is one of the more compicated ones.

The natural image layer was duplicated and blended using Contrast Negate.

This is an Affinity only blend mode that ... er... gets rid of contrast :) At 50% opacity it blends with the underlying layer to give a totally contrastless image - a flat page of medium grey. Lesser opacities therefore reduce the contrast. At 100% opacity, though, you get a kind of inverted look.

A third copy of the image layer was blended using Subtract ad 44% opacity to strengthen the effect. Then it was converted to Black and White using colour balancing in Affinity B&W filter. Then split toned using Orange/Blue. Finally a bit of selective colour hue shifting to get the colours agreeable.

Thank you for taking the time to look. I hope you enjoy the image and the series.

Tags:   Chrysanthemum flower manipulation Cambridge Cambridgeshire England

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Chrysanthemum flower.

See Alien Blink, www.flickr.com/gp/pixelatedsky/y600M6, for the full description for this series. The set itself is in the album at www.flickr.com/gp/pixelatedsky/u986f4 .

This version was straightforward using a well-trodden path. Using Curves in LAB mode I dragged the luminosity and colour channels up and down to produce this colourised, solarised look. Finally a bit of tweaking using an HSL adjustment area to change the overall colour contrasts.

Thank you for taking the time to look. I hope you enjoy the image and the series.

Tags:   Chrysanthemum flower manipulation Cambridge Cambridgeshire England

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Chrysanthemum flower.

See Alien Blink, www.flickr.com/gp/pixelatedsky/y600M6, for the full description for this series. The set itself is in the album at www.flickr.com/gp/pixelatedsky/u986f4 .

Well I just had to have a saturation-symmetry blingaling, didn't I?

This starts from the Topaz Liquid Color variant and uses a seven-way mirror filter, slightly off-centre (hence the slightly different crop to get the frame-symmetry right).

I tend to use even-numbered symmetry in the mirror filter, but having seen this I think I should try odd-numbered ones as well.

Colours suitably splatted with an HSL adjustment layer afterwards...

Most of the time this one is my favourite. Sorry!

Thank you for taking the time to look. I hope you enjoy the image and the series.

Tags:   Chrysanthemum flower manipulation Cambridge Cambridgeshire England

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Chrysanthemum flower.

See Alien Blink, www.flickr.com/gp/pixelatedsky/y600M6, for the full description for this series. The set itself is in the album at www.flickr.com/gp/pixelatedsky/u986f4 .

Another easy one. This is just using the Vignette (and I think the Soft Focus) filters in Nik Color Efex. Color Efex is a super collection of several dozen useful photographer's filters. So they tend to retain a photorealistic look rather than the more raucous effects of, say, a lot of Topaz filters.

Thank you for taking the time to look. I hope you enjoy the image and the series.

Tags:   Chrysanthemum flower manipulation Cambridge Cambridgeshire England


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