Richard Siersma  

Golden Spur Columbine by Richard Siersma

September 2020 - Golden Spur Columbine

About the Image(s)

This photo of a Golden Spur Columbine was taken at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center near Austin, Tx. It was taken with a Nikon D7100 and an 18-200mm lens at 1/200 @f/8.0. The ISO was 400. I cropped the original and used the auto-enhance feature in Lightroom. In PS I used Topaz AI DeNoise and AI Shapen.

8 comments posted

Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade

I love the exposure, DOF, and detail in the subject. The color palette is very nice. A subtle vignette could be helpful. I'm curious, what did the auto enhance add?   Posted: 09/10/2020 14:53:19
Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Mark, the following settings were changed by LR's auto enhance:
Exposure: +.44
Contrast: +5
Highlights: -75
Shadows: +31
Whites: -8
Blacks: -50
  Posted: 09/16/2020 09:52:22

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Richard, like Mark, I think you did beautifully in capturing the detail and isolating the flower by having a perfect DOF. Nicely done.

I wanted to see how it might look with a tighter crop, including rotating the image a bit. Then, while I was in Camera Raw and Photoshop, I couldn't resist playing around a bit with the lighting, colors, etc. I'm certainly not sure that I improved ANYTHING, but here's what I came up with.

  Posted: 09/11/2020 08:45:02
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Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Thanks Pete, I like the what you have done with this image, could you tell what your final settings were?   Posted: 09/16/2020 10:04:07
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Richard, I'm glad you like it.

Unfortunately, I can't give you my final settings since I have no idea of what they were. I do konw that when I cropped your image, I did it so that the stem of the flower reached down to the bottom left corner. And, I used Photoshop's Select > Subject to select the flower so that I could process it separately from the background in Camera Raw.

Sorry I can't provide more specific data.
  Posted: 09/16/2020 12:12:06

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
Richard, wonderful flower picture. It goes very well with the green background. I agree with others, that it might be improved by cropping some off the right side. I think a narrow yellow border would show it off nicely.   Posted: 09/12/2020 12:16:49
Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Thanks Nick, I agree with your idea of putting a yellow border around this image.   Posted: 09/16/2020 10:05:46

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Partial to flowers I particularly like this one. I would crop the RH side little and
darken, just slightly, the yellow petal beneath the flower. Pete's offering brings out the petals in more detail which is a nice addition.   Posted: 09/14/2020 05:27:06


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