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This is not as simple as an "effect." Something like this absolutely is possible, but it takes a lot of work before and after pressing the shutter. Taking the picture: The key part of the look, from a technical perspective, is the light. In 3D renderings, light can come from anywhere, from a source any size, and in any color, so renderings like these ...


It's possible there was some focus stacking involved to get this DOF in the purple flower.


You can get a similar look with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and the "Clarity" slider. Move it all the way to the left, and it reduces contrast, and just sort of gives it a smooth creamy look.


It's also very possible that the outside was darkened in post. The light might be from a twin-light flash where you can aim the lights more precisely.


Do you know how the image was made? It looks to me a lot like some of the flower images created by Katinka Matson. They're gorgeous, but they're not photographs -- the flowers are arranged on a flatbed scanner and scanned. The way the light falls off quickly and uniformly around the flower looks a lot like what you see in Matson's work.


To hazzard a guess, I would say that the lighting was done with a twin-tube affair, with the tubes arranged above and below the lens. The upper tube was the main (more powerful) light; the lower tube was fill at about half the upper tube's power (down 1 stop, or a 1:2 ratio with the "A" tube at the top). To get the fall-off you see from front to back, the ...


The key changes that I see immediately are: White balance (slightly warm) Black levels (quite high) Faux cross-processing (Red s-curve, Blue upside down s-curve, slightly higher green lows) Vignetting That should get you close.

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