A Rose Is Just A Rose – Or Is It?

Recently I posted Collection of Textured Images with several images with layer(s) of texture added during post processing.  Today I thought it would be fun to show the before and after version of an image processed this morning.  The image was taken a couple of weeks ago at Sahuaro Ranch Park in Glendale, AZ, during the golden hour before sunset.   The background was clean, but the color was blah.  This peach rose was not perfect as some of the edges were showing some dark spots.  Instead of passing and finding another specimen I chose to set up and take a shot.  My vision was to add texture and give it an antique look.  The early evening light was on the right and the left side was too much in shadow.  At this point I took out my reflector and used the gold/silver side to add just a touch of warm light to the left side of the rose.

Peach rose with basic post processing in Lightroom

Peach rose with basic post processing in Lightroom

This morning after some basic post processing in Lightroom, I then took the image into Photoshop Elements to add texture.  The original image didn’t have enough contrast which I could have changed in Lightroom, however, I chose to use a technique I learned a few years ago.  I made a duplicate layer of the original image and then converted that layer to black and white.  After adjusting the black and white layer I then changed the blending mode from normal to multiply and adjusted the opacity to 50%.  Then it was on to adding layers of texture.  Two layers of texture were added changing the blending mode and opacity level of each layer.  The image was a little dark so I then added a levels layer and tightened up the histogram.  At this point the image still didn’t have the look I had envisioned so another layer of texture was added.  However, the color tone of the rose was now too yellow.  To compensate for the color tone I added a blue photo filter layer, change the blending mode to soft light and the opacity to 50%.

I know for some of you this is a bit technical, but for those of you wondering my workflow, this is how the below image came to be.  A rose is just a rose – or is it?

Peach Rose with layers of textured added during post processing.

Peach Rose with layers of textured added during post processing.

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