I find at times it is very easy to make high contrast images with highly saturated colours that punch your eyes into the back of your face and make people stop for a moment. I like these images and they have there place in the world, but I feel that sometimes a subject needs a little bit more of a delicate hand to suit the beauty of the subject.
When I took this image I knew then I would want to process it as a black and white photo but I did not know it would take the road it did. I actually processed this image as a single HDR image. Why? you may ask. The flower is full of highlights while the back ground is full of shadows. The image needed a slight HDR process to bring out some of those details and to add a bit more detail into the midtones and low highlights. This can be seen in particular in the flower itself. If it was totally white there would be no depth to the flower but by having some light midtones there it adds to its shape. I used topaz denoise for the noise reduction and Silver Efex for black and white processing.
Let me know what you think.