Today is Remembrance Day or Veterans Day and the poppy is a symbol for both. I took a photo of some poppies growing in a field in Fundy National Park a few years ago and I decided to re-edit one of them for today.
In order to get the original shot, which I will put at the bottom of this post, I did have to set the shutter speed fairly high because it was windy that day and I did not have a tripod with me. It still turned out to be a pretty bright image. In the version that you see above I have combined a few filters in Photoshop and I ended up liking this particular combination.
First under Filter I chose -Filter Gallery and then -Colored Pencil. I chose a fairly thick stroke and a medium-light canvas. From there I chose Filter again and then -Other -High Pass then I changed my blending mode to saturation. It was the last step that dropped almost all of the color out of the image in a way that I liked.
Here is the original image:
Quite different isn’t it? Do you have a preference?
Sad that this poppy is connected with thoughts of so many who have died. It is a beautiful flower. This post was written in part in response to this week’s travel theme, connections.
Peace to all of you.