Laura Lee Bartholomew  

Shades of Purple by Laura Lee Bartholomew

September 2020 - Shades of Purple

About the Image(s)

This image called Shades of Purple was taken in 2014 at Descanso Gardens in La Canada, CA. I used a Nikon D300 with a Nikkor 18-20 mm f/3.5-5/6 lens. Focal length was 105 mm. Exposure was 1/500 sec. at ISO 200. My goal for this image was to capture the vibrant color as well as the delicacy of the flowers.
Post processing included tonal balancing in both LR and PS. I wanted to tone down the brightness of the background without losing the vibrancy of the purples. I do notice a blue edge along the bottom of some of the petals. I tried various techniques to remove the blue edge with little success. My normal halo removing techniques were not effective. If anyone has a suggestion for eliminating that blue edge, please let me know.

5 comments posted

John Tabaczynski   John Tabaczynski
Laura, The image is pleasing. I zoomed in to look for the blue edge but to my eye seems to be limited to the RH most petals. It looks to me that it may be lens fringing, which can be removed in the lens correction panel of the raw developer. When I zoomed in I could see the image is very sharp. You have captured color and delicacy well in my opinion. One small note, it might improve the image a bit to remove the two petals sneaking in at the lower LH corner. Another nit that could improve things is to do a focus stack since the petals in the middle at the bottom seem to be getting a little soft.

Tab   Posted: 09/07/2020 10:47:19

Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Laura I like the way you captured the deep purple color of the flower and the sharp veining in the petals. The way you offset the larger bloom creates a dynamic flower photo. I do notice the purple edges on the top petal of the main flower and the top petal of the right flower. The purple edges do not show up on the other petals. Could this be caused by the way the sunlight was falling on the edges? I agree with John that the out of focus pedals on the LH bottom corner are distracting. However, I would also include the tiny pedal in the upper LH corner too. With these removed the edge of out-of-focus bloom in the background draws your eyes to the main subject.   Posted: 09/08/2020 11:14:33
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Sam Fernando   Sam Fernando

This is a beautiful image. You have captured different shades of purple quite well.

It is a good idea to remove the parts of two petals near the bottom left corner and add a white border to the photo.

I use the following method to remove halo:
Zoom up the area of the relevant section and paint the halo area with the pixels from an adjoining area using the clone stamp tool.   Posted: 09/11/2020 05:17:31
Laura Lee Bartholomew   Laura Lee Bartholomew
Thank you. I know this is an image with possibilities, but it does have flaws.

Removing that blue "halo" was important to me.
  Posted: 09/16/2020 18:20:29

Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Laura, you did very well to capture the unifying theme of purple. I agree with all the comments and suggestions out group has made. I think Thorro did a good job of improving your photo and was successful in cloning out the blue halo. I think he used Sam's suggestion of cloning the blue halo. One additional suggestion is to remove orange blurry stamen of the background flower by cloning pixels from nearby purple areas. Jim   Posted: 09/11/2020 15:06:03


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