Here we are again for a new round of the One Four Challenge – Wk 1 Mar 2015. Please don’t hesitate to visit the creator of this fine challenge’s site Captivate Me and see what she and the others are doing. 🙂
For this month I chose a photo of Doritaenopsis Joy Sara Lady ‘Nancy’ from the Grand Valley Orchid Society 2015 show (Click Here to see other photos from the GVOS show that I’ve shared so far.) Doritaenopsis (a.k.a. Dtps.) is according to many now included in Phalaenopsis, this means that a lot of people consider them to be one and the same. However this hybrid genus came about as the resultant offspring to crosses between Phalaenopsis and Doritis. Dtps. orchids are generally smaller and more compact than Phals and often characterized by more branching on the spike. Crosses between these two have created some really impressive flowers. Whatever the case may be with classification I will continue to use Dtps. whenever a tag deems it so. These plants should be cared for much as you would a Phalaenopsis.
For my edit this month I really just started messing around with layers and background duplicates. Then once I found this effect that I liked I stuck with that and made changes a little to the left a little to the right you might say. I really like this idea of the flowers glowing in the dark, sort of like seeing them in a different spectrum. As you may well know many if not most animals can see in the UV spectrum and a lot of plants’ and animals’ reflect different colors and patterns within the UV spectrum. So when a bee sees a flower for instance it’s not necessarily seeing what you and I do, same goes for moths and birds of various species. I really wanted these flowers to be a bit brighter honestly but I couldn’t get the photo too much brighter without altering the colors.
I can’t tell you exactly what I did for this edit to start as I didn’t make note when I first worked on it some time ago. But I can tell you that I added a layer to increase brightness as well as the exposure (two layers added to original image). Then I added a duplicate layer of the background but reduced its opacity. To this new layer I used a Selective color layer to adjust the yellows and whites. Finally I added yet another duplicate of the background but only reduced its opacity a hair.
So, what do you think?
As a quick side note, within the next week I’ll be posting an interview I conducted with one of the owners of the Chicago-area based dog rescue called Peace for Pits. Please follow the link if you’d like to get to know a bit about them in the meantime and see what dogs they have available for adoption. And as I’ve mentioned before interviews are going to be a monthly feature here at Little Face Publications, and some months you may find more than one. I’ll be interviewing animal rescues, authors, artists, and more. So stay tuned! 😀