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Raaj
 Raaj
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April 3, 2020 1:35 pm  

Here is an image I made yesterday.  Pentax 645Z + 200mm Macro, f/8. Focus stack of 12 images in Helicon Focus.  Post in PSCC2020.  Learned a few new PS techniques.

Which version do you prefer and why?

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Joe Tori
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April 3, 2020 4:32 pm  

Nice!  I favor the red image.  Somehow, to my eyes, blue just doesn't seem to complement the tulip as well as the red background.  Additionally, the green stands out more and is more pleasing.  Finally, the bloom seems to pop from the background more, standing in relief to it.  Overall, it's just a more pleasing and artful image to me.


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John Motzi
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April 3, 2020 4:53 pm  

Hi Raaj,

I like the posing of the tulip and the overall feel of the image.

#1 is my favorite - much more harmonious color.

I like that you lit the background separately, but I think it's just a bit bright compared to the main subject.  Somehow the background looks superimposed.

One thing I have tried in the past is lighting the flower from each side.  Sometimes (but not always) that gives the stem a more 3D look. 

JM


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Raaj
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April 3, 2020 5:05 pm  

@jtori

Thanks, Joe!  Appreciate your comments. The red background is also my favorite.


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Raaj
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April 3, 2020 5:08 pm  
Posted by: @jmotzi

Hi Raaj,

I like the posing of the tulip and the overall feel of the image.

#1 is my favorite - much more harmonious color.

I like that you lit the background separately, but I think it's just a bit bright compared to the main subject.  Somehow the background looks superimposed.

One thing I have tried in the past is lighting the flower from each side.  Sometimes (but not always) that gives the stem a more 3D look. 

JM

Thanks, John.

This was shot on a green-screen and the background replaced in PS, so the lighting on the background is purely software generated.  I agree with you - the background needs to go down in luminosity a bit.  I have another version that I will post shortly.  Taking this opportunity to learn green-screen techniques and creation of light in PS! 🙂

 


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Raaj
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April 3, 2020 6:39 pm  

Here is version 3 of the same image:

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Comments/feedback welcome!

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Ulana
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April 4, 2020 5:23 am  

I like this final version the bast.  The colours are more harmonious and the luminosity range more pleasing. 


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Raaj
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April 4, 2020 10:29 am  

@uswitucha

Thanks, Ulana!  Appreciate the feedback.

Hope you and family are staying safe in these crazy times.

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Char Davies
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April 4, 2020 5:15 pm  

I prefer the third version also. Might consider slightly lightening the darker portions of the front petal, so separate from similar darkness of the background.

Beautifully shot. Patti and I just finished phase 1 of a little studio setup, so looking forward to this kind of work. Unfortunately current circumstances blew up our Western WA tulip festival this year.

A little playing around with "bright and shiny" objects....

20200227 studio 0013 master merge


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Raaj
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April 4, 2020 5:57 pm  
Posted by: @cdavies

I prefer the third version also. Might consider slightly lightening the darker portions of the front petal, so separate from similar darkness of the background.

Beautifully shot. Patti and I just finished phase 1 of a little studio setup, so looking forward to this kind of work. Unfortunately current circumstances blew up our Western WA tulip festival this year.

A little playing around with "bright and shiny" objects....

20200227 studio 0013 master merge

Beautifully done and one of my favorite items - glass marbles!  Look forward to more images from your studio setup.  Hopefully Patti will post some too!

Thanks for the feedback, Char.  I'm on a flowers kick! 🙂

Cheers!

PS:  Looked at the marble in the larger image - they are beautiful!  Are they in your collection, Char?

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Kevin Foisy
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April 8, 2020 11:28 am  

Beautiful image Raaj. #3 is def. my favourite. I liked #1 best until I saw #3. On comparing, the colour in #3 is subtle leaving the eye focused on the subject while still retaining the desired effect of the background. A definite case of "less is more."

 

Cheers,

Kevin


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Raaj
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April 8, 2020 6:34 pm  

Playing in PS CC2020.  Experimenting with Vector Masks for extraction.  What do you guys think?

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Hope you all are well and continuing to stay safe.

Cheers!

PS:  @jmotzi - you'll laugh at my obsession - capture sharpening using a Deconvolution algorithm... 😀

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Raaj
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April 8, 2020 6:37 pm  
Posted by: @kfoisy

Beautiful image Raaj. #3 is def. my favourite. I liked #1 best until I saw #3. On comparing, the colour in #3 is subtle leaving the eye focused on the subject while still retaining the desired effect of the background. A definite case of "less is more."

 

Cheers,

Kevin

Thanks, Kevin!  What do you see in the new version?

Cheers!


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Raaj
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April 8, 2020 6:48 pm  

Continuing to play in PSCC2020 - Photoshop can be addictive...

B&W Variant.

All feedback welcome!

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John Motzi
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April 9, 2020 8:16 am  

Hi Raaj,

I think I like #4 (2020 04 02 16 44 23 Color 2);  This one is successful as the background has a more 3D feel (oxidized metal)  and the tulip no longer appears superimposed (even if it is), but rather it appears to be in front of the background (as it should).  So yes I like this one.

The corresponding BW version is not my favorite - not enough contrast between the flower and the background.

Looking next for the sixty seconds version 😀 


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