I took this picture back in September last year, while I was at Bede’s World as part of a long walk. I always liked the original for its simplicity – the thistle standing out against the greenery. It was also one of the first times I tried to play with depth of field, and it worked quite well.
But, having seen a lot of close-up pictures of flowers lately, I realised that I could probably improve the picture. So, I went back to the original file and had a go. The first thing I did was to crop off some of the excess green. Then I flipped the image from left to right, so the plant is leaning into the picture rather than out of it, leaving some space for it to lean into. This is one of those compositional thingies that tend to make more pleasing images, and I think it’s an improvement here. Having tweaked the curve and adjusted the colours a wee bit, I also removed a rather noticeable dark fibre that was coming from the top of the thistle. I don’t generally do a lot of cleaning and cloning, but I think in this case it was necessary. Finally, I applied a bit of sharpening then gave the picture a border to make it stand out a bit.
And yes, I did steal the title of this post from a tourist tat shop in Edinburgh.
 I think that’s what it is. 
 It’s a Photoshop thingy. Kind of brightness and contrast on steroids
 OK, it’s a Teasel – see the comments. Thanks to Slim Palmer for the correction.
 But the bad post title stays