Mark Laussade  

After the Rain by Mark Laussade

November 2020 - After the Rain

November 2020 - Mark Laussade


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This shot is a focus stack of 3 images that were taken handheld while moving the plane of focus from near to far. I used a custom color profile to adjust the hues a bit.

Canon 5D Mark II
100 mm Canon macro
1/350 at f16
ISO 800

This shot is a focus stack of 3 images that were taken handheld while moving the plane of focus from near to far. I used a custom color profile to adjust the hues a bit.

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11 comments posted

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Mark, this is an incredibly beautiful image. The colors are spectacular and the way that the viewer's eye immediately moves to the red center of the flower is amazing. And, even the red lines in the pedals lead to that point of interest. Absolutely fantastic.

I did have a small problem with the center of the flower. It doesn't appear to be perfectly sharp. So, I played with it in Photoshop (using my favorite sharpening technique) to see what I could do. While I was at it, I also played a bit with the contrast. What do you think?

  Posted: 11/02/2020 20:14:36
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Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade

I had the same concerns about sharpness. I knew that I should have gone back and done it with a tripod and better coverage of the areas that needed sharpness. (I was just testing you to see if you would catch it!) Which tools did you use to achieve your modification. They worked better than I thought possible.   Posted: 11/03/2020 11:56:50
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Mark, my sharpening was fairly straightforward. First I selected the orange center of the flower in Photoshop... using a significant feather. Then I used the Topaz Sharpen AI filter. (I've found that the Topaz AI filters are amazing.)

  Posted: 11/03/2020 12:07:24
Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
Thanks for the tip.   Posted: 11/08/2020 09:26:05

Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
A marvelous and mesmerizing image, for sure. I love the colors, the patterns and the composition. Since it's so abstract, I'm not convinced that sharpening is so essential!   Posted: 11/02/2020 23:01:19
Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade

Thanks for your comments. The garden was good to me this year.   Posted: 11/03/2020 12:00:20

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Mark, you really brought out a pleasing color contrast image with your post-processing. Pete's work on your image is interesting but as Freddie mentioned it may not be essential since it's the contrasting colors that draw my attention.   Posted: 11/05/2020 16:37:51
Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
Thanks for the input. I will probably print this image both ways and see what looks best.   Posted: 11/08/2020 09:28:02

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
Mark, you did a very nice job of stacking the 3 images. The flower is very sharp and the water drops add to the drama of the image. The color contrast in the image helps a lot.   Posted: 11/09/2020 11:55:20

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
this is lovely Mark I have never done any stacking so will not comment on that but I find the colours and the presentation of the image something that I wish I had done. Good work.   Posted: 11/14/2020 11:20:02

Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
My final version with better sharpening.   Posted: 11/30/2020 11:54:35
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