Thanks so much. I hope you like the original as well, but my "just for fun" version is mostly due to me playing around with new software I recently got--OnOne's Perfect Photo Suite 7. I applied the colored Daguerrotype effect in the Perfect B&W module.
Thanks again. Yes, I was struck by that particular effect after playing around with several others. I quite like it.
Here's another fun tidbit. I took that picture while a couple a rooms down from my "studio." I recently got that CamRanger gadget and have been having a blast shooting wirelessly tethered from my iPad and laptop. My studio is a spare second story bedroom, but with a floor that's just a little bouncy. Since this was a 1/5 sec exposure, I wanted to be sure the plant and tripod remained as steady as possible. So I composed the shot, retired down the hall with my laptop, and made numerous exposures from the computer--with virtual complete camera control. Each exposure pops up on the monitor and allows critical examination of exposure and focus for needed correction. I can even put it in live view and fine tune the focus as needed.
Thanks, John. I really think the "dag" effect image is amazingly beautiful. I say that taking no credit other than applying the canned effect and tweaking the strength a bit. Luckily, this flower made a good subject for that particular effect.