Mandarin Orange Monday 73


Good morning from a  cooler sunny Hastings.  We have had a sharp contrast in weather lately – 29 degrees on Saturday to 19 degrees yesterday.  The weather forecast does not bode well for us on Christmas Day.  We shall see.

Anyway it is Mandarin Orange Monday again with the challenge by LorikArt.  This time I went for 2 photos and combined them.


Both taken at the same place.  Hollyhocks are really tall this year but I like the contrast with nature against the fence.  The same with the fruit.

bilbao hollyhockCrystal River

The Hollyhock – Bilbao effect.   Fruit – Crystal effect. Both FX Photostudio Pro.

Lauderdale HollyhockAltamont effect

The hollyhock – Lauderdale filter.  Fruit – Altamonte filter. Still with FX Photostudio Pro.

Poster edgesFresco 1

Hollyhock – poster edges filter. Fruit – Fresco filter.  Both Photoshop Elements 11.

oraange hollyhockorange fruit

Both had the orange gradient map applied to them.  They then had the highlights and shadows adjust and then the Hollyhock was adjust to 60 % opacity while the fruit only 50% opacity.

MOM hollyhock and fruitMOM final image

This is the combined image.  I wanted the Hollyhock to be more prominent. The one on the right is with a 50/50 split.

I hope you like this challenge.

Thank you for visiting.

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