Playing around with a Dahlia


On one of our trips to the many gardens we visit, Pashley Manor in East Sussex, in this case; I came across this vibrant dahlia with the grounds.  I liked the image and decided to give it an oil paint effect..  And that is where my editing stopped.

Dahlia from Pashley Manor
A photograph of a dahlia taken at Pashley Manor processed, in Color Efex Pro and Topaz Impression 2.

I knew I wanted to take this image further but for the life of me I couldn’t get inspired.  I just didn’t know which way to process this image.. so it sat in Lightroom gathering dust until tonight.  And then inspiration hit me.. play around with it in Photoshop and Lightroom and give it a Powder Paint Effect.

With a slight edit back in Lightroom, I gave it a hint of pink feel…

Dahlia from Pashley Manor
A photograph of a dahlia taken at Pashley Manor processed, in Color Efex Pro and Topaz Impression 2.

Then I thought about black and white and how would it look in monochrome with just a hint of pink to it.. so I added a selenium Preset.

Dahlia from Pashley Manor
A photograph of a dahlia taken at Pashley Manor processed, in Color Efex Pro and Topaz Impression 2.

For my final edit… using another Preset  I bought from Serge Ramelli called Tone:Bleak Mountain.. I created this image.

Dahlia from Pashley Manor
A photograph of a dahlia taken at Pashley Manor processed, in Color Efex Pro and Topaz Impression 2.

I am so pleased to get my inspiration back and to get back at blogging… real-life can take its toll and times… and the last couple of years have thrown some things at me… what with hip operations, losing my mum and house renovations.  But hopefully now things have settled back down I can get back to do something I thoroughly enjoy.. and it is the perfect start to a New Beginning Photo Challenge hosted by Jenn at Traveling at Wits End Blog.

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10 Comments

    1. Thank you .. I like Topaz and Luminar.. however I did use the Nik Collection when it was free.. but some are saying it keeps crashing now … and you need to buy the newest version from the new software company. I haven’t so far as I did buy it originally and refuse to rebuy it.

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