Aug 172013

yellow hibiscus 2 1770

yellow hibiscus 1769

I took these photos of our yellow Hibiscus flowers in June when we first bought this plant (which we later discovered is technically a tree, which may explain why it doesn’t like being in a pot). I intended to use the shots for the “yellow” theme but no matter how I processed them, they remained “blah.” Pretty flower, but not very photogenic. I tried Topaz Clarity, Detail… playing around in Aperture… but all just looked overdone… and still “blah.”

Because it is just too hot today (113F), I decided to stay in and learn more about the new Topaz ReStyle which I still have on trial.  I had been experimenting with it… but had not taken  the tutorial.. which is an hour long… dowser.. there is so much more to this tool than just the pretty colors! It’s interface is so sophisticated, yet easiest to use. And I like the results.  I’m fairly sure I’ll be purchasing it while it is still one sale.

My other goal for today was to make a personalized birthday card to post on face book for one of my childhood friends.  I brought the top photo into PSE, added words and a frame and it’s done.

The original images here:


yellow hibiscus 2 orig 1771

yellow hibiscus 1 orig 1772


And the birthday card:


This is the same plant that the birds and bunny were using as a bath/spa.  No wonder this plant is nearly dead — well, besides the heat.

  3 Responses to “2013-127 YELLOW”

  1. LOVE that first photo! Color, lighting, detail, composition…awesome shot!

  2. Gorgeous! I really like seeing the before and after shots. Topaz Restyle looks like a winner for toning photos.

  3. That image you’ve used on the card is especially beautiful and wonderfully sharp and the depth of field is perfect. The detail in the petals is super too.

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