a Red Tulip-Picture a day #18

Found this Red Tulip by the kitchen sink tonight. I think by tomorrow they will be gone. Not usually a fan of flash flares, but I liked this one. I placed an off camera strobe to the right and below the flower. Set on Manual at 1/64 with a paper towel over the top as a diffuser!

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ISO 1000 ƒ/16 t1/100

So here’s the original saved jpg from the RAW file:

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It’s not too bad, but a bit washed out i think. So a few edits in Aperture:

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And then into OnOneSoftware’s Photo Suite 6 for some special effects. I’ve really enjoyed dabbling with textures of late. For this one I used some rice paper:

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I then saved it back to Aperture where I slightly dodged the center of the flower and removed the black dots on the petals.

Edit: I just downloaded Snapseed, http://www.snapseed.com/Mac App Store; and reprocessed this file to this:
red-tulip-flare-1-L.jpg

Which one do you like better?

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