Nelson Charette  

Christmas Cactus by Nelson Charette

November 2020 - Christmas Cactus

November 2020 - Nelson Charette


About the Image(s)

My wife's Christmas Cactus flower was blooming today, made a quick shot, with my Pixel 3 phone, and played with it a bit in Photoshop. I have the new Photoshop 2021, I extracted the flower off the background, created a new background, with the colors from the flower, added the flower back to a new image file, added a texture, and created a border. Cloned out the green areas, cloned out some white hot spots.
Phone image specs are, f 1.8, 1/30 sec, ISO 295

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

Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Having shot our Christmas cactus many times, I luv what you have done with image. a cluttered background always seems to distract from the flower itself. The texture blending and background replacement work really well and complement the flower. Amazing that this was done with your phone. The only thing I might be tempted to do is slightly reduce the texture on some of the foreground leaves as a way a pulling the viewer into the middle of the flower - but hey, its all a matter a taste, and I still the image a lot.   Posted: 11/10/2020 10:49:43
Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Thanks, Bob   Posted: 11/10/2020 10:51:56

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
Nice, fun image, and I love the color. I would introduce the stem back in, so the flower isn't floating. I do like the textured background as opposed to the original.   Posted: 11/11/2020 12:33:17

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
You have good details in the flower and did a fantastic job of selecting the subject to place on the textured background. I agree with Jessica that leaving the stem would anchor the flower. I would suggest that you consider a contrasting color for the background texture layer to make the flower pop.   Posted: 11/14/2020 10:48:13

Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
Nelson, I liked what you did with this flower and the background. I examined your original photo and you "fixed" this flower so my eyes would only rest on the flower, and not wander on to another bloom. I know it's a matter of taste, but I would add a stem. Looking at the original photo, I think you would almost have to "create" one. However, an artist like you can do it!   Posted: 11/20/2020 10:27:08

Andrew Carstensen   Andrew Carstensen
Great composition and use of color. The pink blends into the brown well. Good textures and pattern in both subject and background. I like the original picture too.   Posted: 11/25/2020 09:47:41