I’ve had an on-again, off-again project for the last few years, photographing flowers on pure black backgrounds. I always liked the look, thinking that nice, saturated color photos of flowers made a wonderful contrast to the black backgrounds.
Recently, I added this shot to the collection:
I took this shot for 52 Frames (the theme for the week was “Break the Rules”). As soon as I shot it, I knew I liked it and this was the photo I submitted.
However, a few days later, I began wondering what it would look like on a light background. So, I opened up Photoshop and began editing.
I replaced the pure black background with a pure white one instead. I also opened up the shadows on the flower itself, giving it a far less dramatic look. Lastly, I added a bit of a pinkish red haze behind the flower, almost as if it were a rising star. Here’s the result:
Now that I look at both of them, I’m not sure which one I like better. I still love the black background, but I’m wondering if I should start a collection of flowers on white as well.
What do you think? Which one do you like better? Please let me know in the comments.
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