09-10-12 Purple and Gold

Macro photo of a purple and gold flower by Scott Shephard

This purple and gold flower was a single bloom in a bouquet of cut garden flowers my wife bought at our local famers’ market. Amongst all of the flowers in the arrangement, this one jumped out at me. And so, when our back deck was bathed in soft late afternoon light, I took a few photos.

When I looked at what I had taken this morning, I noticed that a close view of this flower showed its imperfections. And so I had a dilemma: should I retouch it like I might a human portrait or should I leave it alone?

This post is the answer. Aside from the standard corrections I make on many photos (contrast, sharpening, vibrancy, etc.) I left it alone.

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