The last Amaryllis bloom on Vickey's kitchen window lit from behind, one petal is silhouetted rear center top. My mind's eye has a little trouble rapping around this illusion. Still looking at it, I would welcome your comments.
I understand what you say about troubling your eye. I think it is the bottom of the photograph. I think it may be improved if much of that was cropped. You would have to try it to be sure, however. Also the top left pale area is distracting.
For one thing I feel I need the white to show that this image has not been super saturated and for color contrast. For another thing, the red, green, and yellow (Veins?) streaks moving from center to the upper left show that this is a petal facing the veiwer and overlaps the silhouetted petal behind (upper center) hence the fore mentioned illussionary effect I am puzzled about. Where is the right edge of the facing petal ending and where is the silhouetted petal really?
Cropping is out of the question, there would be too much loss. This goes for the bottom as well. The bottom gives a point of reference to the gentle curves of the beginnings of the petals, keep in mind this is not a stamen shot, there are no filaments.
The only other alternative would be to clone the areas in question or blacken them (which I know you don,t like) however it was always my intention to keep this image as natural as it appeared, backlit and colorful in the morning light, in detail, for whatever it would be worth. (Santa brought me a Dimage Z10, it is great for macro, as close as 1mm)
Thank for your thought provoking input Kurt, I had not considered your suggested views but they do no fit my philosophy of this particlar image (natural representation and exibition)though they were quite interesting, understand there are other images I would not hesitate to adapt any number of PS techniques. Lil
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Since 2 cents is being accepted, the only real problem area for me relates to the magenta area toward the bottom. For me, it throws the color off a bit. I love the blues, greens and red. If, for example, you were to carry the green veins just above it down to the bottom, you might also get a slight tonal change. Just a suggestion. Welcome back!!