Gene Eckhardt  

Sunset Tulip by Gene Eckhardt

March 2023 - Sunset Tulip

March 2023 - Gene Eckhardt


About the Image(s)

Experimenting with lighting, captured this image which is backlit with setting sun. Decreased aperture to isolate the brightness of the tulip and darken the background. Lots of fiddling with exposure, sharpening, and color saturation. Finally got to the point that I liked the image … except there were thin, bright white lines edging the petals “ the brightest part of image. Tried a new technique of cloning adjacent color and brushing nearby “highlights” (edges). I think it worked well and was an easy “fix.” Sure there are more sophisticated ways, but I am very new to PS.

5 comments posted

Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
Gene, pretty flower, and you certainly handled the background. For me, I like gentleness in flowers, so sharpening is something I try not to overdo, so here it is a bit crunchy for me. Also, I like more stem, and the color of the original. Too bright for me in the processed shot.   Posted: 03/12/2023 20:04:41

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I'm going to agree with Randall on the stem - I would like to see a vertical with more of the stem showing.
I tried masking the flower by selecting Subject (had to add in the stem), making the background black and using the blend mode of Luminosity on the flower.
It's an interesting capture to work with and there are many possibilities.   Posted: 03/12/2023 20:53:20
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David Terao   David Terao
I like what you did with this image, Marti. The vertical image works well with the added stem.   Posted: 03/13/2023 17:38:59

David Terao   David Terao
Back-lighting the image produced interesting lighting on the rear petals. However, the lighting on the front petals doesn't seem to work with the backlit areas. The two lighting seem to compete with each other rather than complement each other.   Posted: 03/13/2023 17:45:12

Ingrid Lockhart   Ingrid Lockhart
Hi Gene. This flower has gorgeous color, and although I think Marti's edit is successful, I'd prefer to have a bit more of the color you achieved in your edit.
this is an amazing tulip! Ingrid
  Posted: 03/21/2023 15:19:54


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