Jessica Manelis  

Yellow Iris by Jessica Manelis

June 2020 - Yellow Iris

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I finally took a chance and went to a public park I go to occasionally to take pictures. Have to admit, it felt weird. Like I was doing something wrong by not being at home. However, they did have these beautiful Irises growing. Yellow and Purple. Caught tis one with my Nikon D7000 and a 60mm Macro lens. I did some post processing in Topaz. I know the yellows are a little blown out on the top. Not sure how to properly bring those back a little, without making it look grey. Open to suggestions!

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5 comments posted

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
I know exactly how you feel about going out. I am still having groceries delivered and haven't been anywhere for almost 3 months. I opened your photo in Camera Raw and moved the white and highlight sliders down considerably and then added back a little detail with Nik Viveza. It helped some, but I like to see a lot more detail in flowers. I also think you have cropped in too much, cutting off the petals on the sides.   Posted: 06/04/2020 09:20:00
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Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
Yellow is such a hard color for me. The lighting has to be perfect or I end up with blown-out highlights. Detail is hard to recover in the blown highlights. I echoe Cindy's suggestions.

Even if this is not your best picture, you got to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful flowers. I'm still looking forward to this.   Posted: 06/15/2020 15:09:03

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Very colorful Iris, the only thing I would do is maybe bring down the highlights, it seems a little bright to me.   Posted: 06/18/2020 15:46:08

Mary Hinsen   Mary Hinsen
Hi Jessica - the iris is beautiful, and in the end it must have been good to get out and about. It's strange times!
I use the DXO Photolab software when I have blown highlights or too much noise, it does a really good job of both.
The other thing I do after bringing back as much detail as possible, is to clone in texture from other parts of the flower onto a new layer, adjusting opacity to suit, then add a solid fill layer in the colour I need, and adjust blend mode and % fill.   Posted: 06/21/2020 17:10:37

Dick States   Dick States
(Group 6)
The best way to keep from blowing out yellows and reds is to take a shot then look at the red channel on the histogram, to see if they are blown out. If they are, make an adjustment on the exposure. In this image of the Iris I would probably -1 stop using your exposure compensation button. I would shoot again and check the histogram. The histogram is one of the best tools you have on a camera to get the exposure right. When I shoot and I do a lot of flowers, I keep the information on the histogram as far right as I can without blowing anything out. So if you keep the histogram as far right as you can there's more information in the image. You will have better results, but you don't want anything blown out. You don't need to guess.
If you have areas in a image that are blown out, that information is gone and you can not get it back in post processing. It's gone, there is no program that can bring back information that's not there.
I also use a good polarizer on my lens to eliminate glair which you will get on foliage, stems and flower petals of most plants. Most have waxy surfaces. A polarizer will allow you to see detail that you cannot see with the eye.   Posted: 06/26/2020 15:54:03