I was digging around in my archives tonight when I came across this flower image. I took this image over a year ago, shortly after getting my Canon 100mm f2.8 lens. I was experimenting with different settings on flower shots, some on tripod, some handheld.
This one was taken at f2.8. I shot with the aperture wide open to get a soft effect. I like the glow of the petals, like a white sheen surrounding the green center of the flower.
I decided tonight that I wanted the center to be sharper and have more softness in the petals. So I opened my RAW image straight from Lightroom 4.4 into Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4. There I was able to isolate the center with what’s called a control point. It allows me to specify where the effects of the filter are going to be. So I applied Detail Extractor and Pro Contrast filters to the center, after using Glamour Glow Filter on the petals to make them softer.
I saved the image back into Lightroom and exported it as a JPEG to share with you here. Hope you enjoy it.