Connie Reinhart  

Close-up by Connie Reinhart

March 2023 - Close-up

March 2023 - Connie Reinhart


About the Image(s)

I actually got the camera and tripod out to try some close-ups for this assignment. This was shot using window light on a cloudy day. F/8, 1/30 sec, and ISO 4000. The subject is embroidery on an old tablecloth. It’s interesting that the thread almost looks like rope in a close-up. Processed in PS using Topaz tools. First applied AI Clear, then adjusted the white point in basic adjustments. Added a brightness/contrast adjustment layer. Then added a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to emphasize the blues. It was flipped horizontally so that the small flowers can lead the eye to the large blue flower. The tan stitching is now in the upper right corner and hopefully encourages the eye to stay with the subject. That’s all, Folks!

4 comments posted

Fran Yates   Fran Yates
A truly creative example of shooting a Close Up. What lens did you use? How many mm away? How many square inches is your subject? Great job!   Posted: 03/10/2023 18:15:21

Lee Ann Stamm   Lee Ann Stamm
Hi Connie: I like your choice of subject. Each embroidery stitch is easily identifiable from my past history of doing this art form. Seeing detail is what's so great about macro. The choice to flip your image was well thought-out. The leading line works. I didn't even notice the brown stitches until you mentioned them. All of your adjustments compliment this image.   Posted: 03/11/2023 15:30:10

Chane Cullens   Chane Cullens
A great example of using a closeup to see what we can't with just our eyes. The thread really does look like rope. You choice to rotate/flip to create a left to right leading line is great. You postprocessing brings it up another notch.   Posted: 03/13/2023 20:01:39

Ally Green   Ally Green
Lovely creation! I was just reading about natural window light and you have done a great job with the soft lighting. It really brings out the colours in an even way throughout. My eye goes directly to the blue flower so right to flip.   Posted: 03/17/2023 16:08:26


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