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Inion Split

By dusfim
This photo was photographed and edited before changes had been done to logo. Plrese don't think that I ignored your valuable comments.

Mario Mifsud Dusfim

Tags: Still life Vegetable



TanyaH Plus
20 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2020 3:13PM
Hi Mario. Given that this looks like an onion that's slightly past its best, the photography side of it looks good to me. Nice and sharp, and those bits of juice are moist enough to look good. I think you may have extracted these two from whatever background they were originally on, and put them onto a new background? If so, then the edges on the extreme left of the left hand onion and extreme right of the right hand onion look a little soft to me, as though the selection has been feathered too much in those areas? Also, at the bottom, something isn't quite right with the shadow of that stick-out bit on the right underneath, as I can see as line as though something's been removed. Can't be sure if it's my eyes or not, so happy to be corrected!

It's quite an intriguing image Smile

dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
20 Mar 2020 4:18PM
Hi Mario,

Well put together though I note Tanya's comment about the bit at the bottom of the frame which is a bit of a giveaway so I tidied it up with the Inpainting Brush in Affinity (known as the Healing Brush in Photoshop).

I converted the profile from ProPhoto RGB to sRGB so it displays better on the web. No problem shooting or keeping images in ProPhoto RGB but when uploading they do need to be changed. Rather like keeping all your images as tifas and just creating a jpg for upload.

I lifted the shadow detail as the shadows were ver deep and the image high contrast. You may have wanted that for mood, though you can gave a dark moody image with some detail in the daeker areas.

It's an interesting background you've chosen as the woodgrain pattern does mirror that of the curves of the onion.
I do think, however,it fights or attention with the shapes in the main subject. If as I suspect, the background is a separate layer, you could darken it down so it's less attention seeking and that'd give you your moody image too and the onion would stand out nicely.

chase Plus
17 2.5k 676 England
20 Mar 2020 5:43PM
That onion does look past its best Mario.
Looks like you replaced the bg here as there are a few missed bits, one right between the two halves, one on the right between the 'roots' and a couple far left on the papery bits.
Is not rocking my world tbh Mario, the edges are soft and not well defined, looks like the applied bg is taking over, and the bg is competing massively for attention with your subject, its all a bit too much.
Its difficult to tell whether your subjects are on a surface, to me they are a little floaty and need grounding. The bg is straight up and down, no definition where there should be an horizon of sorts in order to separate the bg from the surface they are placed on.
Really sorry Mario, it just doesn't look right.
Detail is ok, its just untidy.

Keiths' mod has lifted the harsh shadows nicely and removed the missed bit at the front.
The idea is good, splitting the onion to see all the shapes and textures.

Would be nice to see the original before you applied the bg then maybe I could help a little more with that.
chase Plus
17 2.5k 676 England
20 Mar 2020 6:26PM
I did do a mod.
I added a different texture layer and removed some of the original bg
Darkened the bottom to give the subjects some grounding.
Removed some of the new texture on the subject by using a layer mask.
Lightened up the centre a little in Nik Efex.
Converted to sRGB

It's not a fab mod Mario, under any circumstances, but it may give you some ideas about that busy bg.
dudler Plus
19 2.1k 2018 England
20 Mar 2020 9:01PM
I noticed the shadows didn't look quite right on the background...

While I like the echoing pattern of the background, I think it competes with the onion. I'd either make it a lot lighter, or use a plain background. Or, of course, take the picture with the onion sitting on a wooden table.

But I realise that it may have been, at least partly, a technical exercise in replacing hte background.

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