Digital Darkroom – Playing with Bad Images

Didn’t want to delete some of my bad images – Not if they had any merit or possibility of being redeemed.  I like the fact that this minuscule fly is in sharp focus.  I like the texture of the leaf juxtaposed against his delicate, subtly tinted wings, and I like the way the sun bleached away a huge area of negative space across the surface of the leaf.   So I played with several versions of this one (and am showing you the raw, untouched file, as well.)

Do you have a favorite? Which one, and why?

The raw image. I've done nothing but sign it.

A. The raw image. I’ve done nothing but sign it.

In monochrome and slightly cleaned up.

B. In monochrome and slightly cleaned up.

Pushed in digital darkroom. Wanted to pull the teensy fly out of the dark a little, make him pop just enough.

C. Pushed in digital darkroom. Wanted to pull the teensy fly out of the dark a little, make him pop just enough.

Pushing to warm and brighten, more saturation, with resulting distortion of colors.

D. Pushing to warm and brighten, more saturation, with resulting distortion of colors.

High key. This treatment  looks like a watercolor painting.

E. High key. This treatment looks like a watercolor painting.

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