Black Canyon of The Gunnison – Wildflowers

Last year, 2014 for them reading this in the distant future, we took a drive to Montrose. It was a scouting trip for a potential move there. That was a bust, but we did finally visit the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

You already saw the rocks and dead trees on my last post. Here come some wildflowers.

Once again, you can click on the photos to open a larger version in a separate window or tab. There is also a SmugMug gallery for these HERE. In SmugMug, you can see the photos in their native resolution.

Sometimes the photos do not need a lot of work. Here is a shot right out of the camera without any processing.

As shot, no adjustments

As shot, no adjustments

Still, I put it through my usual basic process.

Processed with onOne Effects

Processed with onOne Effects

The basic Lightroom tweaks gives me this:

onOne processing plus Lightroom basic tweaks

onOne processing plus Lightroom basic tweaks

Here are the Basic Lightroom adjustments after getting the file back from onOne.

Yellow flower 1

However, I want it a tad brighter . . . I could just increase the exposure, but I take a different approach so I can maintain details.

Yellow flower 2

You can see that I moved around a lot of sliders. I actually reduce the exposure and bump up shadows and blacks, contrast, clarity, vibrance, and saturation. This is what I end up with:

processed with onOne plus more aggressive Lightroom adjustments

processed with onOne plus more aggressive Lightroom adjustments

Here is a neat cactus flower.

As shot. I used the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens because the macro was back at the car.

As shot. I used the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens because the macro was back at the car.

Here is my crop of the photo (eliminating all the extra noise, as it were.)

As shot, cropped

As shot, cropped

And here is the finished product after I play with onOne and Lightroom.

Montrose,

onOne and Lightroom processing

And, here’s another interesting flower . . . and a bug as an added bonus.

Montrose,

Montrose,

As shot, cropped for composition

As shot, cropped for composition

Processed

Processed

Here is a flower from one of my recent posts . . . first, the cropped as-is shot.

As it came out of the camera, but cropped for composition.

As it came out of the camera, but cropped for composition.

This is the basic processing, and what I showed on the other post.

Basic processing

Basic processing

I can also apply the more involved processing (the one I used on the rocks) and get this:

Montrose,

same processing as used for the canyon cliffs

Some people like the basic process and some like the above, showing more contrast and “popping” the flowers out a bit more.

That same processing also works for these flowers . . .

Montrose,

OK, this is where some people will get bored . . . maybe.

As shot, cropped

As shot, cropped

Here is the more involved processing . . .

onOne processing and Lightroom adjustments

onOne processing and Lightroom adjustments

Now, I could do a few things to bring the flowers out a bit more. All of the following are accomplished by moving sliders in Lightroom.

Black and red

Black and red

Palladium Monochrome

Palladium Monochrome

Here is a similar photo and a few more variations.

As shot

As shot

Processing for texture

Processing for texture

Monochrome with dark vignette added

Monochrome with dark vignette added

Same as the last one but with light vignette.

Same as the last one but with light vignette.

I think I’m partial to this version . . .

Montrose,

Let me take yet another photo (I know; they all look alike) . . .

As shot

As shot

Processed with higher contrast and more aggressive showing of reds.

Montrose,

Adding a slight vignette brings out the flowers a little more.

Montrose,

I could also remove most of the green to further isolate the flowers . . .

Montrose,

This, on the other hand, does not work as well . . .

Montrose,

Here are another set of flowers using the basic processing . . .

Montrose,

Montrose,

Here are the same shots but with the more involved and darker processing.

Montrose,

Montrose,

So, which processing do you prefer?

Let me speak a bit about composition . . .

Here is a scene I liked for the various elements; flowers, trees, rocks, sky . . .

Montrose,

What if I change the orientation?

Montrose,

Which has more impact? Obviously, one is larger on the screen because it’s taller – ignore that.

Another another pair of the same scene but different compositions.

Montrose,

Montrose,

Finally, I happen to have a photo of some interesting rocks processed in different but subtle ways.

Montrose,

Montrose,

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21 Responses to Black Canyon of The Gunnison – Wildflowers

  1. Love your photos – especially the ones with contrast and the colors popping. Do you ever reveal the final results of your polls – the wording, by the way, is almost as much fun to read as the rest of your post. I said, ALMOST. ;-)

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  2. I think you are trying to do some sneaky psychological profiling of us with this voting lark because I know you don’t really care what we think but thanks for the instruction. Amelia

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    • disperser says:

      No profiling; just an excuse for some fun writing. And I do care, really. My whole life revolves around this blog. Without it, I would be a soulless hulk. Oh, wait . . . never mind.

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  3. I love that first (unprocessed) pic of the yellow flower. Runs. Hides. Ducks for cover.

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    • disperser says:

      No need to run; I could have easily have left it as is and been happy with it. As the post is in part about post-processing, I ran it through the paces. I don’t think if differs all that much from the final product.

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  4. Most of your photos are good; some of the flowers are spectacular. Overall, the posting is a tad too long but your polls are hilarious!

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  5. I love your photos and your polls, Emilio! I always want to pick/vote the smart-assed-iest smart-ass poll comment, but I don’t…as I want to give you honest feedback.
    Wildflowers are my favorite flowers…that they pop up and grown and thrive…sometimes in very harsh conditions with no gardener tending to them with TLC is amazing. :-)
    HUGS!!! :-)

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  6. oneowner says:

    This post really illustrates the reason I like Lightroom. The ease and flexibility is unbeatable in other image processor. I tried to ditch Adobe because I didn’t like the idea of the CC and tried another product. It was not as easy to use but that’s just because I’m used to Lightroom and I don’t want to learn another program all over again. The post also shows the importance of processing, no matter what software is used to achieve the goal.
    Have you tried the baked Cheetos? Don’t!

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    • disperser says:

      You could buy the full license of Lightroom? I think I’m going to do that every few years in case I ever want to ditch the $9.99/month plan. Although, really, for what you get, it’s pretty cheap. for the cost of eating out a couple of times a year I get the latest of Photoshop and Lightroom plus fonts, plus the media encoder.

      And, I think I’ve only tasted Cheetos once, baked or not. Once. Last Century. Once.

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  7. AnnMarie says:

    Here’s adding more kicks for smart-assiness! Your voting posts are always lots of fun. And I gotta say, your Fearless Followers are the cherry on top!

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  8. Rachael says:

    Ha ha. Love the polls. I succumbed to temptation and answered truthfully rather than helpfully. Make of that what you will. ;) Seriously, though, I am always struck when visiting wild places in your country, by the amazing diversity of wild flowers. So beautiful.

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    • disperser says:

      Thanks . . . levity is what often fuels my life. And yes, wildflowers . . . especially out here in the West. The shorter growing seasons are compensated by furious, diverse, and aggressive blooming.

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