27 Dec 16. Breaking rank today and not going with a B&W image. We generally get a poinsettia each Christmas season but for some reason forgot to do such this year, so after service Sunday I borrowed one from another congregant and played with it today for perhaps an hour trying to come up with something different from what I've done in the past without having much success and quit. After returning it I set about to see what I could do with the shots I had. Not finding anything that sparked my imagination, I selected a basically straight on shot and then began to pick it apart pixel-wise painting out with black everything I didn't like about it until I had two basic presentations. I then had Jan pick her favorite and went to work playing with that. Eventually I had seven versions with which I was satisfied, five in color and two in monochrome. This is one of the color versions. I've removed all of the green leaves save for a couple at the top and also removed one large red leaf at the seven thirty position in the frame and then cropped tightly along the left edge. Then the stylizing of the leaves was done with a plug-in which is intended to give the plant a festive look.
The base image was manipulated as described above with the final touches being added using Topaz Glow 2 . Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 640; 1/2 sec @ f /11