Salsify Redux – 2012

A few years ago I did a series about the Salsify plant. Specifically, the huge ball of seeds it produces. That post can be seen here.

I fully intended to repeat the effort, but employing the vast stores of knowledge I’ve squirreled away since those heady early days of my youth. Alas, time robbed me of the opportunity.

I give you, instead, an impromptu yard shoot. BUT! . . . I called upon the powers of three powerful programs to help me “spice up” my meager efforts. The programs are Lightroom, onOne Photo Suite, and DxO’s Optics and DxO Film Pack.

This first series is all from Lightroom.

Salsify - Lightroom 4 processing

Salsify – Lightroom 4 processing

Salsify - Lightroom Processing - B&W

Salsify – Lightroom Processing – B&W

Salsify - Lightroom Processing - Selenium

Salsify – Lightroom Processing – Selenium

I’m going to repeat the above for a few more photos, some with slight tweaks one way or another.

Salsify - Lightroom Processing

Salsify – Lightroom Processing

Salsify - Lightroom Processing - B&W

Salsify – Lightroom Processing – B&W

Salsify - Lightroom Processing - Selenium

Salsify – Lightroom Processing – Selenium

OK, so now I add a different Lightroom process in the mix.

Salsify - Lightroom Processing - ejd-1

Salsify – Lightroom Processing – ejd-1

Salsify - Lightroom Processing - ejd-2

Salsify – Lightroom Processing – ejd-2

Salsify - Lightroom Processing - B&W

Salsify – Lightroom Processing – B&W

Salsify - Lightroom Processing - Selenium

Salsify – Lightroom Processing – Selenium

Let me throw in some DxO processing.

Salsify - Lightroom Processing - ejd-1

Salsify – Lightroom Processing – ejd-1

Salsify - DxO Film Pack

Salsify – DxO Film Pack

Now, How about some onOne Layers?

Salsify - onOne Layers - enhance detail plus other tweaks

Salsify – onOne Layers – enhance detail plus other tweaks

I got to tell you (again) SmugMug really makes this one sparkle. 

Salsify - onOne Layers - enhance detail plus other tweaks, then rendered in B&W

Salsify – onOne Layers – enhance detail plus other tweaks, then rendered in B&W

WordPress is doing it again . . . these don’t be look anything like the actual photos.  But, I’m talking to readers highly resistant to clicking on photos.

Salsify - onOne Layers - enhance detail plus other tweaks, and a frame

Salsify – onOne Layers – enhance detail plus other tweaks, and a frame

OK, one last one . . .

My typical Lightroom processing

My typical Lightroom processing

Tweaked in onOne to enhance colors, saturation, etc.

Tweaked in onOne to enhance colors, saturation, etc.

Same as last one but tweaked to bring out details

Same as last one but tweaked to bring out details

Same as last one, but converted to one of the onOne Layers's B&W treatments.

Same as last one, but converted to one of the onOne Layers’s B&W treatments.

And there you have it.  More Salsify than anyone was interested in. 

I gotta tell you Bob; those who don’t head over to the SmugMug Gallery are missing out.  The pictures above all look similar, but in SmugMug you can see the difference in tones and sharpness.  But I get it; some are happy with these mediocre offerings.

Whichever camp you are in, thanks for visiting.

WAIT!!!  I almost forgot!

These are the flowers of this plant.  These are all processed in Lightroom using my own secret formula for turning mediocre photos into pseudo-good efforts.

This is the Salsify flower. A beauty on its own right.

This is the Salsify flower. A beauty on its own right.

For people who like to see depth-of-field artistry.

For people who like to see depth-of-field artistry.

For people like me, who like stuff in focus.

For people like me, who like stuff in focus.

Like I said, an impressive flower on its own right.

Like I said, an impressive flower on its own right.

Especially close-up

Especially close-up

Best impersonation of an explosion by a flower, ever.

OK, now I’m done.  Again, thanks for stopping by.

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7 Responses to Salsify Redux – 2012

  1. katkasia says:

    That first image is amazing – it reminds me vaguely of soap bubbles for some reason.

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  2. Hi Disperser, I like your typical Lightroom editing, and your comments, and your showing us your experimentations.

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  3. The SmugMug photos are excellent – so much more detail. I love the different processing – they’re all lovely. I have a ton of those salsify plants in my garden. I’m sure I’ll have more next year as they all went to seed.

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  4. seekraz says:

    Those are some beautiful flowers, Bob!

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  5. margie says:

    such beauty .you need to gather it up and display it in a store for people to see and buy.

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  6. AnnMarie says:

    The onOne Layers shots are stunning especially when enlarged on SmugMug to fill the entire screen! And the explosive close-up is awesome!

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    • disperser says:

      I have a number of tools I can use to enhance photos. I seldom spend much time using them, but one of these days I’ll do a post about what is possible in post-processing.

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