Joan Field, APSA  


Blue Chrysanthemum by Joan Field, APSA

October 2020 - Blue Chrysanthemum

October 2020 - Joan Field, APSA

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October 2020 - Joan Field, APSA

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About the Image(s)

This was from a technique shown by Harold Davis. You can find him on YouTube or Google. I photographed a bunch of chrysanthemums on a light box with camera on tripod so I could take a number of different exposures from very light to dark. I put the lightest layer into PS, then added each subsequent layer getting darker using a layer Mask, Hide All. I then went to the second layer and, using the Mask, painted in the slightly darker petals as I saw fit. I used a soft white brush. Remember to work with the mast, not the image. I continued this with each layer until I had something I liked. Next, because I had just been given the idea, I created a B & W image of the flower, copied and pasted it in also and made areas of the flower darker as I chose.
Flattened the image.
For the Background I found a photo of the Palouse, which I blurred dramatically, using Gaussian Blur. I copied that onto the flower photo and change the layer mode to Multiply. I liked the effect of the BG, but now the flower was too dark, so I went to the BG layer and erased carefully the parts of the flower (which you can see) that I wanted lighter. The eraser tool was set to 20%. If you want the petal darker, you just go over it again with the eraser tool. You can see exactly what you are getting. When finally happy, flatten the image. The concept is to create a flower that has a feeling of transparency and it can be emphasized by painting in with a low opacity clone tool with a soft brush, some stems or leaves behind the petals. Whew!

 

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