Examples of Flower Photo Art

For many photographers the use of software programs like Topaz to apply an ‘art treatment’ to a photographic image is akin to heresy. Generally the photographic community is divided between those individuals who want a photographic image to stay as close as possible to how it was originally shot, and those that enjoy manipulating base images and transforming them into other interpretations they see in their minds.

This really comes down to a matter of personal taste. While I certainly enjoy making photographic images, I also find it quite creative and challenging to apply various effects to them. If ‘photo art’ is of no interest to you, then you should probably skip reading any further.

This article takes a fairly common sample of a flower photograph and applies a number of different effects to demonstrate some of the artistic options that are available. I happen to use Topaz, but there are other software programs out there that other people use and enjoy.

First, let’s look at our ‘base’ image of a group of anthyrium/anthurium flowers.

NOTE: click on images to enlarge them.

Base Image
Base Image

The next image has had a ‘poster edges’ filter applied to it.

'Poster Edges" treatment applied to base image
‘Poster Edges’ filter applied to base image

The following image uses a ‘fresco’ filter.

'Fresco' adjustment applied to base image
‘Fresco’ filter applied to base image

A ‘mosaic tile’ filter has been applied to the next sample.

"Mosaic tile' effect applied to base image
‘Mosaic tile’ filter applied to base image

The next image utilizes a filter called ‘cutout’.

'Cutout' effect applied to base image
‘Cutout’ filter applied to base image

The ‘ocean ripple’ filter on this next image gives it a soft, impressionist feel.

'Ocean Ripple' adjustment applied to base image
‘Ocean Ripple’ filter applied to base image

‘Dry brush’ filter has been applied to this example, giving the image a rougher appearance.

'Dry Brush' effect applied to base image
‘Dry Brush’ filter applied to base image

For people looking for something a bit more ‘out there’ the last four examples likely push the envelope further than most people would like to go. The next image has had ‘plastic wrap’ filter applied to it.

'Plastic Wrap' effect applied to base image
‘Plastic Wrap’ filter applied to base image

The ‘color pencil’ filter in the next image gives it almost a hand-drawn appearance.

'Color Pencil' adjustment applied to base image
‘Color Pencil’ adjustment applied to base image

Using the ‘chrome’ filter shifts the image into something dark and metallic in appearance.

'Chrome' effect applied to base image
‘Chrome’ filter applied to base image

And, finally ‘glowing edges’ filter moves the image into very strange territory indeed, giving it a neon sign look.

"Glowing Edges' applied to base image
‘Glowing Edges’ filter applied to base image

I fully appreciate that these types of filter treatments are not for everyone and many readers may hate these effects with some passion, while others may be intrigued and investigate these approaches further.

From a business standpoint I have worked with clients creating custom prints for them and many have been drawn to these kinds of filter treatments (OK…no client has ever picked the ‘Glowing Edges’ filter treatment in the last sample!) and prefer them over a photographic image. If nothing else using these types of filters affords us even more creative freedom to experiment.

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4 thoughts on “Examples of Flower Photo Art”

  1. Thomas, saw your comment regarding Myrtle Beach but was unable to respond via Disqus. My comment was, “you let me know and I’m there with you”. Would love to go shooting with you anytime.

  2. Thomas, as a user of Topaz, I’ve never experimented with any of these filters…yet. However I may give them a try after reading your article.

    Although not my main professional discipline, I sell photographs of flowers to a number of interior designers and decorators both here in the US and Europe. I call these photos “bathroom pictures” as they often wind up in bathrooms or water closets in up scale hotels. One technique I do play with is the altering of white balance for a single flower giving a different color rendition to a single subject and there by offering a color perspective which may better match the overall design idea of the client.

    For the most part, I’m a purest when it comes to my photography but looking at the results you offer here may cause me to experiment with something I’ve never done before and therefore feel this article is a great teaching instrument for photographers. Thank you.

    1. Hi Mike,

      I’m glad you found the article beneficial! Your clientele is ideal for some experimentation with Topaz. Using various filters allows the image to be adapted for various types of décor as well, especially the filters that give an image an oil painting look or blur it to make it a more impressionist rendition.

      Tom

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