Bob Benson, FPSA, EPSA  

Gerber Display by Bob Benson, FPSA, EPSA

June 2020 - Gerber Display

June 2020 - Bob Benson, FPSA, EPSA

Original 1

June 2020 - Bob Benson, FPSA, EPSA

Original 2

About the Image(s)

Looking for something to photograph while staying home, so I finally tried these daisies in my front yard. In my original attempt, I got the mulch background, which was light enough to have so many reflective surfaces, I gave up on it. (original #1) I then decided to avoid that by wrapping a black cloth around the plant. I liked the leaves as a base, but again too reflective to fix in PS. (Original #2) I tried again with a polarizer, but still too much reflective range. So I finally gave up on the leaves and content aware/cloned them out. I had to stay with this result, because by this time, the flowers were drooping too much, and I ran out of options.
Three images were stacked in Helicon Focus to give me enough depth of focus. In Lightroom, I added a lot of contrast, texture, and vibrance. In Photoshop, I removed some of the worst spots on the petals, removed the leaves, and added a curves adjustment for the highlights.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
Getting rid of the leaves in the background produced a clean and well composed image. Shape and colors of the flowers complement each other. I don't see anything to change here. I have second thoughts on the sharpening. The image is, perhaps, too sharp and the separation from the background too strong; but maybe that was your intention.   Posted: 06/10/2020 14:49:44

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Bob, I am always amazed by the time and effort you put into creating your masterpieces.Red and yellow are very good complimentary colors, and the clean black background shows off the petals to their best advantage. My only quibble is to do a little more clean up to the right of the right hand stem.   Posted: 06/11/2020 10:03:22

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
What a beautiful use of time! Reminds me of the brilliance of the sun in miniatures. There are small bits of ghosting so I'd reduce the brightening. Wonderful creation, bright and cheery, and we need that! Buy more Gerberas...   Posted: 06/15/2020 10:13:34

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
Great use of your technical skills. Great color composition.I don't see ghosting on my screen,;I see some edge definition, which lends support to the concept here which appears to be design not a natural documentation of the flowers   Posted: 06/15/2020 10:35:57

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
In my opinion your final image is more attractive with gorgeous colors. The focus stacking works nicely and makes all the flowers in sharp focus. A pleasant still picture. I agree with Mervyn that the stem needs a bit of clean up.   Posted: 06/18/2020 08:40:15