Photo of the Day: Orchid

Here’s an orchid I photographed last year at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. Flowers are great subjects to explore the creative use of textures and effects filters.

Tech Specs:

  • Nikon D3s with 70-200mm f/2.8 AFS G VRII zoom Nikkor lens, tripod
  • 1/50s @f/4, ISO 400

Processing Notes

  • Base RAW Conversion in Nikon’s Capture NX2
  • Filter Effects
    • Color Efex Pro 4: Contrast Only, Glamour Glow, Vignette Blur
  • Texture Effects
  • Border Effects
    • Color Efex Pro 4: Image Borders

I partitioned these effects into different Photoshop layers, so that I have more control over them should I want to change my mind. It’s much easier to fix one or two effects than have to redo everything from scratch.

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