Light or Dark? Which One is Better?

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.

Zev

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