I took several pictures of this flower this weekend, but each time I took it, it came out too vibrant, with the leaves all blending in with each other. So, I tried various things in PSE 7, trying to see what worked and what didn't.
With this picture, I darkened the highlights a bit, lowered the contrast and brightness, messed with the hue and saturation of red in the photo, cropped it and finally added a bit of sharpening with Unsharp Mask.
So, does the flower still look real? Did I edit too much?
Here is the before picture: