28 Nov 12 This morning I had an opportunity to watch a training session given by a photographer who us known for her flower photography. Kathlen Clemmons does her work primarily in camera using a lens baby as her primary tool for capture of her flower images. In her seminar today she talked about using digital techniques to make fine art out of what would have otherwise been tossers before the advent of digital editing tools. Sponsored this morning by nik, she was demonstrating two of their plugins, Viveza2 and Color eFex 4, to achieve her fine art images. Having watched her work with several images that were nothing great to start with, but which looked rather nice when she was done, I thought I'd try to emulate, to the best of my ability, this being my first attempt, one of her examples. So starting with a not fantastic shot, I duped the background layer, then cropped it to get the tight image I wanted ( something she never does), and ran a detail enhancement on that layer. Duped that layer, selected only the green background, and ran a Gaussian blur on it so as to make it a non competing element in the picture. She would have achieved this effect using the lens baby attachment to her camera body. Duped that layer, ran a filter to lighten the center and darken the edges (think vignette) and also warmed it up a wee bit. Dupe that result and then did a structure enhancement on just the very center of the flower. That layer was then duped and I ran a noise reduction to get the final result. One of her comments was that there should be no distracting elements in the image; I've left two in to provide for a size determination. Probably doesn't add any to the photo, but sometimes I think it good to show relative sizes. Did I match her result; nope! But I got pretty close, especially considering this was my first attempt at so doing. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/50 sec @ f / 5.6.