Judith Lesnaw  

Purple on Green by Judith Lesnaw

April 2021 - Purple on Green

April 2021 - Judith Lesnaw


About the Image(s)

In mid autumn I photographed a hanging petunia on my deck.
I am taking the PSA beginning Photoshop course (it is WONDERFUL) so I processed this image in PS. I am only on lesson 1, so my processing was minimal, but filled with learning. In Photoshop I applied one of the new “Neural” filters. On the filter options panel I:checked “preserve color” and “focus subject”
decreased the “style strength” to 61
set the “brush size” to 50
Checked “blur background” and adjusted the slider to max
Checked “brightness”
Accepted adjustments by clicking “OK”.
I then applied the “Adaptive Wide Angle” filter.
I set the filter parameters as shown below:
“Correction”: “Perspective”
“Scale”: 150
“Focal length”: 118.79
“‘Crop factor”. 1.10

5 comments posted

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
I think you have captured a beautiful flower in your garden. Not being a flower photographer I am always interested in the compositions and post processing. I think you have done a nice job isolating the flower from the background and using the techniques you are learning in your course. I would clone out the bit of purple in the top right corner and put a vignette on if you haven't already. In my opinion the flower has nice dof, the back petals look sharp as does the middle of the flower. The front petal being soft doesn't bother me. I'm not sure if I would like the lighter background areas darkened a bit and the flower lightened a bit so it will be interesting to see what others say in their comments.   Posted: 04/12/2021 12:53:15

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
I think you did a masterful job with the crop and think this is a beautiful image. I'm in general agreement with Pamela (again) and can only add one other suggestion. There's a straitish line of brown on the left petals of the flower that I would either clone out or soften. To my eye, it pulls me away from the flower. Lightening up the purple and darkening down the green (which often requires use of yellow) might do what Pamela suggests.   Posted: 04/12/2021 18:11:03

LC Boros   LC Boros
Good work applying your new skills! My only kvetch is that you might want to crop just a wee bit tighter to remove the small bit of purple from another flower in the upper right corner.   Posted: 04/14/2021 15:54:09

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
Bravo, Judith. There is so much to know about Photoshop. You have done a splendid image with what you have learned. The others in the group have given you good suggestions. My suggestion is to use the spot healing brush to remove the light pink spots on the left petal. They are distractions. Once done, you will have a lovely petunia image.   Posted: 04/15/2021 07:29:35

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
You have captured a beautiful bloom and your post processing has revealed all it's lovliness. I agree that it would be helpful to eliminate the purple in the upper right either through coning or cropping. To me the DOF is perfect. I am glad you are taking advantage of the PS course. I can already tell that it has had a positive effect on your post processing.   Posted: 04/15/2021 10:05:51


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