I have always
found that flowers were fairly easy and interesting to photograph.
They are the perfect models to work with and were my very first
subjects to photograph when I first started using a digital camera.
When I saw this particular giant Cosmos, I knew I wanted to do a
different presentation for this wonderful flower that was growing in
my friends garden. I removed the flower from it's original
background using the magnetic lasso with 90% feathering - then with
the original background, I plastic wrapped (PS) and faded it using
virtual photographer. I then added a shadow and framed using the
eyedropper choose a gray color from the background. The last step
was to add the flower I cut out and add it to the remaining photo.
Wanted this to be a creative and interesting view of this giant
cosmos and hope you like this as well.
This is one of my mom's unusual sunflowers, just before it reveals
its' center, it looks like a big ball of fluffy petals, kind of like
a mum. It's called a "Golden Greenheart" Sunflower and is about 4-5
inches across. Taken in natural sunlight, with a natural background
in, the garden. No PS work done other than slight cropping and
adding a frame. This was a very easy photograph to work with mainly
because I took the photo as close as possible so there would not be
too much to crop in anyway.
Photographing flowers has taught me a lot in regards to how to
present a nice photo. From the photos, I have learned how to make
them interesting in terms of presentation, composition, sharpness,
details etc. and the ability to learn to work with them in programs
such as Photoshop Elements, Photo Explosion Deluxe and Virtual
Photographer. Flowers were and are my learning subject as they have
given me to encouragement and desire to try different kinds of