Purple iris with black background 1

Despite the misery of spring allergies, I love spring flowers. I love all of them, but my favorite is the iris. And I prefer the classic purple color.

Clearly besotted with my subject, I decided to create a dramatic portrait of iris. Not Iris the person but a more beautiful choice, iris the flower. It was lots of fun to figure out the steps needed to transform my snapshot into this high contrast picture.

Here are the Picasa steps I used:

  • Crop
  • Tuning
  • Sharpen
  • Posterize
  • Comic book
  • Orton-ish twice
  • Tuning
  • Sharpen
  • Museum matte (doubled)

Purple iris with black background original