Variations on a Flower

Original Color Photo
Original Color Photo

It was a foggy, dreary day here yesterday.  I had the day off and used some of the time to photograph my Schlumbergera plant (aka Christmas Cactus) which is flowering now.

Converted to B&W with NIK Silver Efex
Converted to B&W with NIK Silver Efex

I had fun playing around with Photoshop and NIK Software to come up with variations on the same flower.

The above two flowers combined in Photoshop and  masking selective color.
The above two flowers combined in Photoshop and masking selective color.

Any favorites?

The third photo blended with a background in Photoshop.
The third photo blended with a background in Photoshop.

Maralee

30 Replies to “Variations on a Flower”

  1. Beautiful shots…. I just noticed a few days ago my Christmas Cactus is flowering too… I was thinking this was unusual as it always flowers towards the end of the year… then I realized this IS the end of the year!

  2. Love the bright fuschia edges on the first shot. Very nice effect. I am still puzzled why folks feel the need to regress to B&W. Unless it’s to show what the world is like for the color blind????

  3. original image is the kewlest to me, i thought id see better ones when i clicked on the blog but the original is well, outstandingly kewl 🙂 no need to change that one….. 🙂 Hugz Q

  4. My xmas cactus is flowering right now. Hopefully I’ll find the time to snap a few photos.

    I also prefer the original. The color of those flowers, and their translucency, is enough. I’ve played with filters before, but the only look I like (other than the normal one) is what I call the “metal” look; essentially a variation on B&W treatment.

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