Before and After

Posted: May 1, 2017 in Uncategorized
Here is the original. I was testing a green fabric background to see how it worked out, but it had a little to much texture.


I did a little crop and cloned out the extra stem and a few dust spots. Then went into Nik Software’s Viveza and dropped a control point on the background and slide the Structure slider to the left which took out most of the details of the texture from the fabric background. I also played a little with the brightness darkening it just a little.


Last I took the image into Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4 and click on the Low Key filter. It added a nice dramatic look darkening down the background and pulling out the highlights on the stem and flowers.

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  1. Bob says:

    Why would you pick a green background for a green stem subject? I do like the effect better when you darkened the background.

    • Mike Moats says:

      Bob. green is the most common natural background when I shoot all my flower and bug portraits in the field, and it just happened to be the only color background I brought with me when I shot this in a botanical garden.

  2. Richard Grubola says:

    Very nice. But does that much post processing always result in a large contrast gain?

    • Mike Moats says:

      It all depends on the images, you could get a totally different contrast on any other image you try it on.

  3. Peter Dalenberg says:

    As usual Mike an amazing image. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Roxana Whitt says:

    Thanks. Nice touch.

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