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Between Morning Showers

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Was about to leave for work, and this tiny flower caught my attention --- so I go grab the camera and head back out, but the one little ray of sunshine had vanished. Yet I still had to take the pic because it appealed to me so much.

This is the original shot (resized for the forum):

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Wasn't really happy with the shot because it didn't match what it was when there was a bit of sunlight. I took it into affinity later that morning and did a bit of work on it.

Don't like the way my digital cameras treat reds and magentas --- my Nikon and Canon cameras both make them look terrible. So I grabbed the blue channel and used a luminosity blend mode, adjusting it until I got the results I wanted with the color of the flower. Of course, I masked that layer so that it only affected the color of the flower.

Added a fill layer with a gold tone, and used an inverted version of the previous mask.

I also thought the droplets needed a bit of attention to make them stand out, so I used a trick someone showed me back when I was using Paintshop Pro and I liked the results. I made a copy of the original and applied a high pass filter, monochrome, and ran the slider to the far right. In the mask, I grabbed a brush with white and painted in the water droplets. To get the effect right requires adjusting flow, brush hardness/softness and the opacity of the layer.

Think it is an improvement.

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