Red Asters

This started off as a ‘grab’ shot, taken for no particular reason as we wandered through the gardens of Sudeley Castle a few weeks ago. I just liked the colors of the Asters.

When I looked at the image on screen back home I realized how drab and tired the green background vegetation looked – typical of the way ‘greens’ tend to go in late summer – especially a dry one like we have had this year. Somehow that drabness sucked the color out of the Asters too. Dismal.

Red Asters - click to enlarge

So, I took the derivative route: desaturated everything except Red and Magenta and boosted the saturation of those last two colors. A tweak to brightness and contrast, a tidy up of the odd stray red petal in the periphery of the image, final sharpening and that was it – job done.

Suddenly the color shone.  Hope you like it.

About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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13 Responses to Red Asters

  1. Well done Andy. I really like this.

  2. munchow says:

    Thanks for telling about the process and your thinking behind this picture. It relates directly to what I tried to convey in my post you so generously commented (thanks for that, too). Your picture shows that there are many ways to a final goal. And I really like how you made this picture pop out – or the flower as it is. It’s so vivid and saturated. Great picture.

  3. Sophie says:

    I really like it – the magenta make the petals zing !

  4. chrisdmrf says:

    Love it. Good bit of colour isolation.

  5. Jimi Jones says:

    Excellent use of selective color, Andy. You nailed this in post processing. Really like the overall detail, man.

  6. Andy, this is beautiful, I love the way you processed it with the selective colour. Very nice!

  7. Marc says:

    The spot colouring works really well.

  8. Terrific shot Andy. The colors really pop against the desaturated background.

  9. Dave DiCello says:

    This is some great use of SC Andy, I love how it makes the image look 3D. You’ve nailed this one.

  10. Len Saltiel says:

    Great choice with the selective color Andy. It really makes the flower pop.

  11. Steve Beal says:

    I love the selective color – really tasteful.

  12. Adam Allegro says:

    Beautiful Andy! Lovely choice for selective color. Well done!

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