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Poppy

By jhass1
A look at a poppy trying for a "fleshy" look. Want to evoke the many fallen of war.

Tags: Poppy Red War Close-up and macro Amapola

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banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4333 Canada
13 Jul 2014 5:19PM
This looks very effective to me John. Really gorgeous. It certainly has a fleshy appearance.

Can you provide the shot details as you are looking for a critique? I dont think you used a post processing filter, - but if you did, can you lets us know also.


Thanks


Willie
dark_lord Plus
18 3.0k 835 England
13 Jul 2014 8:19PM
You've certainly got a dark mood here so you've achieved your aim.

However, there isn't a full range of tones (see the histogram in mod 2). I just brought in the white poiunt slider till it met the end of the histogram. This made the reds richer and lightened the centre of the poppy. Not much, and it still kept the dark appearnace but the result was less muddy (though it seems to have lost a little on upload).

I also made the stem fade into the background by cloning some of the black using a very soft edged brush. Rather than have the stem end abruptly at the frame edge, fading off looks more suited to the mood.

Keith
jhass1 15 4 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2014 11:48AM

Quote:This looks very effective to me John. Really gorgeous. It certainly has a fleshy appearance.

Can you provide the shot details as you are looking for a critique? I dont think you used a post processing filter, - but if you did, can you lets us know also.


Thanks


Willie

thanks, I just used lightroom for post; an adjustment brush to get the blacks down. Shot was on a black cloth in front of a window, 20 sec at f29 iso200. Used a reflector to get rid of some shadow. Thanks fo taking the time.
jhass1 15 4 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2014 11:50AM

Quote:You've certainly got a dark mood here so you've achieved your aim.

However, there isn't a full range of tones (see the histogram in mod 2). I just brought in the white poiunt slider till it met the end of the histogram. This made the reds richer and lightened the centre of the poppy. Not much, and it still kept the dark appearnace but the result was less muddy (though it seems to have lost a little on upload).

I also made the stem fade into the background by cloning some of the black using a very soft edged brush. Rather than have the stem end abruptly at the frame edge, fading off looks more suited to the mood.

Keith

thanks for taking the time, you have certainly improved it. I didn't look at the levels as I just put this through Lightroom. Your point about the stem is spot on; it just gives it a bit of balance and depth. Thanks

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