Debbie Perez  

Eggs in the Garden by Debbie Perez

April 2021 - Eggs in the Garden

April 2021 - Debbie Perez


About the Image(s)

This is one from the archives so not sure exactly how I landed on the final. This was shot at a Dali Exhibit in the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Fl. There is a Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Fl that collaborated on various displays. When I saw the eggs in the garden (and there were numerous eggs) it made me think of Dr. Suess (Green Eggs and Ham). I used the "swap" in LR to give me the blue tones then off to photoshop. I cropped and cleaned up the image to remove the chain. I think I used DeNoise to remove any noise and add a bit of sharpening. From there, I went into Nik Color EFEX and worked on amping the detail. I added a a custom vignette to bring the viewer into the photo with focus on the eggs. That's about it. Life before Covid!

6 comments posted

Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
What an interesting and amazing subject, help by the colouration you have applied to it - and an apt subject considering we are coming into the Easter period. You have done a tremendous job eliminating the wires and I do like the fact that the sky remains a neutral colour which has helped set off the fronded trees. There is nothing I could find to improve on. Great job.   Posted: 04/08/2021 04:26:45

Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
Thanks! It was a very fun exhibit. The palm tree behind the eggs isn't one that grows naturally here but I liked it, thought it looked good in IR.   Posted: 04/11/2021 15:10:11

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
I'm reviewing these images a few days after Easter so the broken egg is appropriate! Since the scene is a bit unusual the coloring is fine as are the other steps that you followed. The tree and egg are so bizarre the it makes the viewer stop and think ("It must be one huge bird in that three!") So with apologies to Dr. Seuss I wrote: I saw a big bird in the tree. It was so big it worried me. I'm glad that I was not there, when the egg came down through the air. As it hit the ground with a mighty WHAM, what fell out was green eggs and ham.   Posted: 04/13/2021 08:32:21
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
What a great poem!! Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 04/16/2021 08:46:10

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
When I first looked at this I thought it was a composite and that the broken egg shell had been added in but then I read your notes. This sounds as if it is a very interesting place to visit. I do like the tones you have used in this as it gives the image an even greater surreal feel. At first sight it seemed to me as if the tree had hatched from the egg. I wonder if adding a tone (maybe sepia) and some texture to the egg might add to the image, just a thought.   Posted: 04/15/2021 05:35:40

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
What a fun image! I really like the color you have introduced. I can often get those tones with my 590nm conversion and sometimes they need very little processing to pull those colors out. I think Helen has put Dr Suess into my head which makes me smile, but there are other stories I can also concoct. My first thougth was Jurassic Park! In any case it is thought provoing and your processing is, in my opinon, very effecdtive - as always.   Posted: 04/16/2021 08:14:08


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