There it stood – one lonely daffodil…

Initial Image

To keep myself out of mischief today I decided to play around with a singular daffodil that was photographed in the greenhouse of Hall Place in Bexley. And believe it or not it is of a miniature daffodil.

Miniature daffodils taken at Hall Place Greenhouse

I wanted to enhance the colours of this singular daffodil to make the petals a more vibrant orange colour.. so in order to do that I used Lightroom.  I then edited my image after my Lightroom Adjustments in Photoshop.

In Photoshop – Phase One

  • Duplicated layer
  • Added a grey texture – changed blending mode to Multiply and lowered Opacity to 64%
  • On this layer I used a layer mask with a soft brush and low opacity to remove the texture from the daffodil
  • Duplicated layer changed blending mode to lighten and increased the density of the layer mask
Daffodil after texture
Photoshop Edits – initial image
After Texture

In Photoshop – Phase Two

  • Merged all visible layers by pressing SHIFT+CTRL+ALT+E
  • Duplicated Layer
  • Used Topaz Impression 2 Plugin to create a Paint Effect – lowered opacity of layer to 73%
  • Merged all visible layers by pressing SHIFT+CTRL+ALT+E
  • On this layer I used the eclipse marquee tool and made a selection… in the select and mask options I created a feather to this mask and then inverted the selection and pressed CONTROL+J which duplicated my layer.  Giving the centre of the image a transparent background.  I changed this layer blending mode to Multiply and 10% opacity.
Daffodil after Topaz Impression
Photoshop Edits Topaz Impression Filter
After Topaz Impression

In Photoshop  Phase Three

  • Merged all visible layers by pressing SHIFT+CTRL+ALT+E
  • Used Nik Color Efex Plugin to add punch to the daffodil and and to soften the image.
Daffodil after Nik Color Efex
Photoshop Edits – Color Efex Filter
After Topaz Impression + Color Effex

Note – At each stage of my edits… as I had used Lightroom initially to edit my photo in Photoshop… I used File – Save As and named each stage.  By doing this when I went back to Lightroom to Export all my edits to WordPress – I had each stage as a separate image in Lightroom. 

Back in Lightroom

  • Lowered the clarity
  • Boosted the exposure slightly
  • Softened the edges
  • Added a Vignette
Final Image with Lightroom Adjustments

Written by Bren (Ryan-Photography)

Bren Ryan is a female amateur photographer and blogger who along with her husband, Ashley, have created a photography blog called Ryan Photography which showcases the places they've visited on their photography journey. Bren and Ashley primarily concentrate their photographic skills on landscape, architecture and floral subjects. Based in the South East of England they hope to give their readers an insight into the wonderful and beautiful landscapes, buildings and places that the South of England has to offer.

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