“Octopus” mono

Well, when you look at this image you’ll probably guess that this is not an actual octopus. I decided to have a little fun and do a some experimenting in processing an Aloe Vera image.

Ideally I should show you the original and then this processed one, but I’m saving that for another time.

I was at our local conservatory a couple of weeks ago, and spent most of my time in the arid, desert climate section. One of the plants I took several shots of was an Aloe Vera.

I first took the image from Lightroom into Nik Color Efex Pro, where I added some toning and brilliance. Then I applied the solarization setting in a monochrome, and pushed the timelapse slider way past 50%. I’m not quite sure of the exact number right now.

I then sent it back into Lightroom bumped up the clarity a bit, and sent it into Nik Silver Efex Pro, where I did some fine tuning and added a selenium tone to it.

I really like the way it turned out. I know its not for everyone, but for something a bit different, and a pretty big take on an abstract in nature, I think it works well, and it does resemble an octopus!! 🙂

I hope you enjoy the image!!

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9 thoughts on ““Octopus” mono”

  1. That’s a great shot, Rachel. Solarization is under-used, but dead easy in the digital era. The results, I find, can be unpredictable but when it works (as it certainly does in this example) it really can change the entire character and tonal range of an image. Well done.

    • Hi Andy, Thanks so much!! I’ve just recently been interested in Solarization after looking at a post by Mike Moats. So true, it is unpredictable, and I’ve tried this method with many types of subjects. It works really well with some, like this one, and the tree I did called Zapped, but not so well with others!! 🙂

      • If interested, you will find some of mine in the B&W category in the Rt sidebar of my blog – the ‘Solarized’ ones can be picked out by looking for the relevant Tag under the initial paragraph of a blog entry. Sometimes if the original Solarization doesn’t work after adjusting Levels it’s worth trying ‘Invert’ to reverse the tones – occasionally that produces better results. Have fun. Andy


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