Week 3 is here! This week’s edit is a tighter crop than last week. There is a bit of a painted effect to this edit although I only edited the image in Lightroom. I was going for a frame-filling edit that maintained the interesting details of the petals. I could see this edit on a greeting card.
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- I started with week 2’s edit, usually I start from the original but not this time, and I cropped it to start.
- Then I started to work with the usual settings, I discovered I didn’t like how it was looking so I zeroed almost everything, exposure, shadows, vibrancy, clarity, highlights.
- I immediately dropped the clarity all the way (-100) and liked the feel of the flower instantly. Then I raised the vibrancy a lot (86) I have never done this before, I always think the color gets blown out but that didn’t happen this time. I also raised saturation (10).
- Then I started working on the pink streaks in the upper petal, they were jumping out at me against the soft white petals. I lowered individual saturation for red, magenta and purple but nothing really helped. So, I started using the spot removal tool and found some success with that. There is still a bit of pink there but it isn’t as noticeable, to me at least.
- I played with the radial filter already in place in the center of the flower to give it a natural look, there was a deep shadow in the center that was distracting. And I created a large filter to act as a slight vignette around the outside edges, I thought it added a little drama to the image.
So, that is where I went with this image this week. I really do like to see the number of crop opportunities with this image. The process was more enjoyable this week, too.
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