Tulips in B&W Day 6 of Photo a day

Had a few minutes at home today and noticed these tulips in the kitchen window. The light was fairly harsh at the time I took this photo so I decided to try a bit of processing to see what I could come up with.

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SO 1000 ƒ/7.1 T 1/2000 at 62mm

Here’s the initial jpg saved from the RAW file:

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So I didn’t do a whole lot in Aperture but I did do some minor levels adjustment and added a bit of contrast as seen in the Screenshot below:

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Which led to this image:

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So then I opened the file up in OnOneSoftware’s Perfect Effects 3, which is included in the Perfect Photo Suite

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I added 2 effects one Snappy Warm and then I added a new layer and added the Polachrome filter and adjusted the opacity to 50% on the top layer to soften it just a bit…

Tulips in black and white always intrigue me, while I love the color of tulips, there is something about the soft textures of their petals that comes out when the color is removed.

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