Figure 1. Ballet slippers hibiscus flower. Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

The hibiscus variant, not the dancing shoe! It turns out that hardy hibiscus flowers thrive in Scranton, and these (figures 1, 2) beckoned to me as I returned home this morning after walking with my wife to work. It was bright but overcast.

Figure 2. Ballet slippers hibiscus flower. Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

The chief processing these images underwent in post was to darken and de-luminesce the background as much as possible to make the flowers stand out. A very tiny amount of de-luminescing of the maroons helped bring out the red details in the flowers, especially the fainter sprays of red in the outer parts of the petals. The dusting of pollen on the red was just a bonus.

A red car in figure 1 was competing with the flower, so I used the eyedropper to sample its red and in a very narrow color range I de-luminesced it and desaturated the color.

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Arlington, VA

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