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Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O

I love having flowers in the house. These however, had seen better days:

ISO 1600 50mm f/11 1/30

ISO 1600 50mm f/11 1/30

No amount of new water in the vase was going to bring them back, but I still thought they would make a beautiful photo.  This version was created using the Nik collection, which is a set of plug-ins that are compatible with Adobe editing products. I was pretty excited to find out that the collection is now free. The collection is, in its simplest form, a bunch of presets to choose from, just click and add.  As much as I love presets, I do tend to look at them as a way to start and then I edit from there.  Because I have found a lot of good things come from asking a simple question, I’d like to share that I found out that the Nik collection is free because of a question I asked Jane Lurie about a photograph she had created. She was nice enough to share how she had edited and passed along the tip about the collection.  If you have a moment to stop by her blog, I would recommend it, she does lovely work.

Having created my black and white version a few days ago, I sat down to write this blog post and was again looking at the color version of the photo:

ISO 1600 50mm f/11 1/30

ISO 1600 50mm f/11 1/30

I’ll be honest, I’m now not sure which I like better.  I am thinking now of going back and working with the color version a bit more to see if I can come up with something that I really like.  For now, the black and white version is available in my Picfair portfolio.

Do you have a preference of the black and white or color version? Have you ever asked a simple question only to have a whole new world opened up to you?  Feel free to leave a comment below.




21 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O

  1. Pingback: H2O: Boats | What's (in) the picture?

  2. In this instance I prefer the BW version. There is something melancholic about the withered flowers, and I think the BW version convers this better. When I first heard about photo editing, I thought it was pretty straightforward until I got to play around with Adobe. There are so many layers of photo editing, and so many ways you can turn a photo into.

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  3. Nice but I like the b/w best for this subject.

    Just note that because the Nik presets are now free, Google has essentially admitted it will no longer be updating or supporting them. Use them while you can. One day, an Adobe update to PS/LR will come that will no longer be compatible with them.

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    • Yes, that’s a good point about the presets. I do find that I have to change how I go about editing and what software I use based on what’s available. That can be a bit of a challenge, I usually come up with workflows that I like and don’t always like to change.


    • Thanks Sue, I’ll be blogging about this again next week, but I have been going back and forth about the color/black and white issue for this particular set of flowers. My original thought though was that black and white would express the age of these flowers best.

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  4. Hi, Glad you are enjoying the Nik Suite. I love the monochrome image you processed with it. Nice work and thanks for your kind mention. Sharing technique is a great aspect of the blogging world. 😉


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