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Which Do You Prefer?

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Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 9 July 2013 in Plant & Nature.

Same image of this Monarda (Bee Balm). Same processing. Except, in the one on the left, I eliminated the texture, keeping only the color or the overlay. The image on the left has the texture. Which do you prefer?
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Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

they both look great**

9 Jul 2013 11:36am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Je préfére celle de gauche!!! Superbe composition. Belle journée.

9 Jul 2013 1:05pm

saran from shiraz, Iran

Beautiful . thanks

9 Jul 2013 2:27pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

They both look great, but I think I like the texture.

9 Jul 2013 2:36pm

Ellebelle from Mosquito Town, Netherlands

I like the left one, but ............. the one on the right is also great!
Sorry, can't choose ;-))

9 Jul 2013 3:53pm

Brenda from Canton, United States

Anita - I struggle with this all the time - trying to decide for myself what processing or crop looks best. I think it is a challenge to develop our own eye about our own work - I still have a long way to go.

Regarding your question - I think I like the textured option better - it helps make the front flower stand out a little more from the background. I am also thinking that toning down the red flowers in the back may also help define the subject - I find that my eye is pulled to the large red background flower first.

9 Jul 2013 5:34pm

Monique from Netherlands

I like the left one!

9 Jul 2013 7:53pm

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

That’s a difficult question, Anita, especially because there is no real ‘central character’ in your photo. The flower in focus is rather small and inconspicuous and the blurred one in the upper left corner fairly dominant.
Looking at the pictures as a whole, I prefer the right version. I find it artistically more interesting.

9 Jul 2013 8:22pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

the right one

10 Jul 2013 12:12am

bernie kasper from Madison, United States

I really like the comp on the left Anita, I am a sucker for the natural look of flowers !!

10 Jul 2013 12:25am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Well, I prefer the image on the left because it feels cleaner . . but I cannot tell left from right in your explanation, though !

10 Jul 2013 5:20am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks, Ronnie. A "texture overlay" is a photo of color and texture or grit. In the image on the left, I used Gaussian Blur to eliminate the grit and leave only the colors. In the image on the right, I left the grit in.

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

so lovely and beauty

10 Jul 2013 9:50am

RBL from Oxford, United States

They are both beautiful; I do like the soft tone of the left one!

10 Jul 2013 8:08pm

Graciel.la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Probably right.
(...)
The two.

11 Jul 2013 7:14am

janina from Australia

I like them both! However, one does get more detail/sharpness in the right image, but I like the softening effect in the left image. Now, if you'd sharpened only the flowerhead in the foreground in the left image.....that would be my fave!

12 Jul 2013 4:32am

rian from vestavia hills, United States

for flower/nature shots of yours, i'm getting used to it being combined with textures.. it's got more "punch" that way.. :)

17 Jul 2013 9:24pm