Brad Becker  

What you lookin at? by Brad Becker

March 2020 - What you lookin at?

March 2020 - Brad Becker

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March 2020 - Brad Becker

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I took this picture of this dragonfly a few years ago. I always liked how intimate the image was but felt it was a little too green. Working with blend modes, layer masks and a few adjustment layers I created what I hope is a pleasing color balance.

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14 comments posted

Maryellen Bauer   Maryellen Bauer
That works well. I don't mind the green, but I do like this better. I'll have to try this because I'm often unhappy with my backgrounds.

Dragonflies are so wonderful. I love their little faces.   Posted: 03/09/2020 11:23:20

Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
Dragonflies are great!

Interesting capture and good placement of the little insect. The DOF is good for the feet but shallow overall, what was your aperture?

I am going to play with this in PS

Added some soft light and color blend modes   Posted: 03/15/2020 14:58:47
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Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Lisa, Can you give me a few details on how you did this.   Posted: 03/17/2020 19:47:39

Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
added Topaz Glow and a French Kiss texture   Posted: 03/15/2020 15:07:35
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Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Lisa, Thanks for your enhancements. I don't own the topaz filters. Which set would you recommend?   Posted: 03/15/2020 15:26:50
Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
Topaz Glow
Topaz Adjust
Topaz Denoise

Enter the discount use code breaphotos for 15% off Topaz products   Posted: 03/15/2020 16:30:49
Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Thanks!   Posted: 03/15/2020 16:42:55

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Brad, great job of creating a pleasing color balance. The composition is great.

Would it be possible to tone down the three hotspots of the dragonfly tail and the two circular tops of the vegetation?

Now, looking at the comments of the others, Lisa has come up with some good suggestions.
  Posted: 03/17/2020 10:01:42
Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Henry, Thanks, an excellent suggestion. I am going to check in with Lisa to learn her technique as she nailed it.   Posted: 03/17/2020 19:48:13

Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Great photo and nice discussion. There are so many ways to do things.
What software do you use to process? LR or PS? You mentioned blend modes...
I use Topaz also but if this is a time to save money there are ways to do this in LR/PS.   Posted: 03/18/2020 14:18:18
Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Kathy, After hearing so many people talk about Topaz I finally bought one of their series. Now, if I can get it to work with photoshop I'll be set.   Posted: 03/18/2020 16:05:42
Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Excellent! They have tons of tuts on Youtube so you'll be using this time in a very good way!   Posted: 03/18/2020 16:18:16

Jan Lightfoot   Jan Lightfoot
Hi Brad,
I often use this technique as well when I want to adjust the background of an image, and I think you did a good job with the dragonfly. I like the subtlety. I like Lisa's versions also. Enjoy Topaz, there are many creative tools.   Posted: 03/29/2020 22:47:25
Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Thanks Jan. I hope you and your family are well   Posted: 03/30/2020 13:08:15