Octagon 8-15 by joysabin

Octagon 8-15

An 8 petal bloom. I am asking for honest criticism about this, here is how I did this

I set out to capture an octagon for today’s August word prompt. I had my Helios lens on my IR converted Sony A37. I was looking for bokeh to surround the flower, the reason for using the Helios.
Focal distance from the flower of approximately 18 inches
ISO – 100
F 2.8
Shutter” 1/640
Bright sun @ 12:39pm

Edits: - Photoshop CS5
RAW converted DNG (necessary as my version of Photoshop is 9+ years old and doesn’t recognize my camera)
White balance adjusted for Infrared – temperature 2000 & tint -33
Blacks +41
Clarity +100 (this is a manual focus lens and often needs clarity tweaking in post)
All other RAW to DNG adjustments left alone

Channel mixed red to blue and blue to red 100% each
Auto Color
Silver efex Pro
Preset filter #36 – Antique Plate II
Silver efex Pro
Preset filter #20 – Fine Art Framed

I welcome all (positive or negative) comments and suggestions.
Well I can only speak for myself I think it turned out beautifully!
You have been very creative with you editing and it has really paid off!
August 16th, 2020  
Forgot to say Fav!
August 16th, 2020  
An easy fav - great processing
August 16th, 2020  
I really love it - the focus on the flower and little stalk and the rush of the background is very appealing
August 16th, 2020  
@bubblequeen You are so kind, most grateful for the fav. The lake was just packed today, I did find at least one area with only 4 groups.

@graemestevens Thank you so very much, the fav is greatly appreciated.

@annied Truly grateful, the focusing in the bright hot sun almost did me in but, IR really is a great deal of fun in the sun.
August 16th, 2020  
nice focus
August 16th, 2020  
Oh! I love this in black and white
August 16th, 2020  
@sugarmuser Truly grateful for the fav, thank you so kindly

@mzzhope I was so happy to find an 8 petal bloom. My first octagon idea was a stop sign, how boring. Thank you so very much for the fav
August 16th, 2020  
Skillfully done.
August 16th, 2020  
I very much like the shot Joy, the focus is great, love the b&w treatment too. Not too sure about this flower as an octogon though.
August 16th, 2020  
Great processing.
August 16th, 2020  
lovely monochrome
August 16th, 2020  
Nicely done.
August 16th, 2020  
I think it works well. The flower stands out well against the background....in a very pleasing way. Nice view on black too
August 16th, 2020  
I admit that I cannot pretend to understand your (to me) sophisticated processing. So I do not really feel competent to give an opinion but maybe a little more contrast/tonal range? Probably best to ignore me!
August 16th, 2020  
@quietpurplehaze Never! I truly value everyone in this photographic community. We help each other all the time and I have learned so very much from just being apart.
@yaorenliu Thank you so much.
@golftragic Thank you so much, stretching the visual definition of 8 sided for sure but then again, we are in different times these days.
@haskar Thank you kindly.
@pdulis Thank you a great deal for the fav.
@k9photo Truly appreciate the fav, thank you so much.
@samae Thank you so very kindly.
August 16th, 2020  
Thank you for all the info!!!
August 16th, 2020  
@joysabin Absolutely right!!
August 17th, 2020  
It took me a moment to recognize where the octagon was, but all in all as a picture, that doesn't matter! It's a lovely black and white! Well worth the work you went through to accomplish the look you wanted.
August 17th, 2020  
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