Orchid Dreamscape

Nikon D300, Nikon 105mm 1:1 macro, 1.3 sec, f/11, ISO 200, EV-1/3, Aperture Priority, Spot meter (on center of bottom blossom), natural light, cloudy WB, circular polarizer, tripod, remote cable release, Live View, RAW

Post-process –

  1. RAW to JPEG conversion in Capture NX2 (with Color Efex Pro 3 plug-in) including color & tonal contrast adjustments (and a very slight crop, <10%, from the sides)
  2. Make a copy and flip the copy horizontally
  3. Place the two images in separate Photoshop layers and blend them to create a composite (see below for illustration of this step)
  4. Total processing time – about 3 minutes

Here is a screen shot of step #3; click to enlarge for details –

An image can be flipped/rotated in four different orientations. Try them all. Also, you don’t have to combine only two – try combining all four orientations at one time. Also, try different blending modes.

Here is the starting image as made in-camera –


This is what we get using the arty orchid from yesterday’s post


To read more about Dreamscapes (a named coined by Canadian photographer, André Gallant) take a look at this book.

Let your imagination be your guide ;-).

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