Fun with Photoshop, Yellow Daisies, 6 September 2014

I took an extended walk at Stone Mountain, Saturday, 6 September, primarily to get some photos of the yellow daisies, that bloom around this time each year. I took the connecting trail that starts just below the walk-up path, and connects to the Cherokee trail, and found an abundance of them in a relatively short time. For the photos, I used my Nokia Lumia 1020, which handles close-up shots reasonably well, though sometimes the auto-focus can be tricky. Here’s one shot which I played with a bit in Photoshop.

This one is cropped, but otherwise I didn’t retouch it from the original.

Yellow Daisy #1, Stone Mountain, GA, 6 September 2014

For this one, I increased the red slightly, and was reasonably satisfied with the results.

Yellow Daisy #1, Stone Mountain, GA, 6 September 2014

This one was darkened a bit from the original.

Yellow Daisy #1, Stone Mountain, GA, 6 September 2014

Finally, I combined both effects, increasing the red, and darkening the exposure slightly.

Yellow Daisy #1, Stone Mountain, GA, 6 September 2014

Out of the four, I’m most satisfied with the last one, though just darkening the photo brought out a bit more contrast. Of course, it always helps to start out with a reasonably decent original.

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