Jacob Wat  

Common Flower by Jacob Wat

June 2020 - Common Flower

June 2020 - Jacob Wat


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I’ve attached my photos below. The original and the edited photo.
For this month I took a picture of a common flower in my neighborhood. The coloring was odd because typically I only find these flowers in a pure white form and so I wanted to highlight that. To do this I used photoshop to replace the green colors with yellow and oranges to give a warm color scheme. Then to draw attention to the flower I cropped the image and then applied a slight vignette in Lightroom. The photo was taken using an iPhone 6s and was around 4 pm. It was a bright day out with no clouds.

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12 comments posted

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Jacob, I'm glad to see you experimenting in PhotoShop and Lightroom!

Does your iPhone 6s have camera raw settings? The newer iphones (and Androids) do and you can then make choices that will blur that background so we don't have all those annoying out of focus stems creating a busy composition and pulling our eye a bunch of different directions.

My photo club has a free online cell phone photography workshop this Tuesday, June 9 at 7pm, and I'm inviting all of you to join in. He uses the app "Snapseed", its a NIK product and free. And so powerful! His cell phone photos are unbelievable. So since you aren't using your DSLR camera, Jacob, maybe taking a class on iphone photography and how to process in an app made for cell phone photography might help. Here's the link--you must register to get your own link. Hope to see you there!
https://www.raddrewphotography.com/p/webinar-for-fort-wayne-photo-club-and.html   Posted: 06/06/2020 16:33:37
Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
Unfortunately I saw your message literally two days after the seminar. I would have loved to attend. I just learned about the raw setting and apparently the iPhone 6s was the first iPhone with that capability (according to the internet) so I'm super excited to try it out! I am going to take a class at my local botanic garden (the Chicago botanic gardens) about flower photography so maybe I can get some more pointers on this stuff. I am also in the process of shopping around for a new camera because it's time for me to upgrade to a more advanced camera from my current one. They have also finally upgraded Lightroom and photoshop (So that they interface better) for the iPad which I started playing around with because I had to get one to teach remotely so i hope to show some pretty good photos in the next couple of months.   Posted: 06/23/2020 09:30:04

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
The subject is clear and sharp and I like the diagonal of the stem. The background is way too bright to my eye.   Posted: 06/06/2020 17:09:26
Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
I completely agree it was bothering my eyes. I should have darkened the background a bit more. I tried printing off the photo using Shutterfly for a card and it looked better printed on low grade card stock but I doubt it would hold up on good card stock or proper glossy paper.   Posted: 06/23/2020 09:32:01

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Flowers shot in bright sunlight is always difficult. A cloudy overcast day is actually better for floral photography as the clouds act as a huge soft box.
The treatment that you have given this picture is a definite improvement from the original. Keep up the good work and keep learning.   Posted: 06/07/2020 11:24:22

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
You love your flowers Jacob and you have done well with this one. I would like to have seen it shot earlier in the day or later in the afternoon to bring out the colours a little more. That may have decreased the intensity of the background and let the flower stand out. The cropping is great.   Posted: 06/11/2020 23:35:40

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Good job removing the green from the background. Using Photoshop in post processing will definitely improve your images. If your version has the camera raw filter, a lot can be accomplished with the use of the sliders. Usually it is better to move in closer to your subject. Then it is not necessary to crop away so many pixels which degrades the image.   Posted: 06/14/2020 14:17:08
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Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
Unfortunately I am limited in camera capabilities. I've been using my iPhone and it is an iPhone 6s so the camera auto focuses based on tapping and has a limited distance before it blurs and can no longer focus. I've been shopping around for a camera to use because both my phone and my camera autofocus and ideally I would rather control that aspect because I need that for both my photography and for photographing my other art.   Posted: 06/23/2020 09:23:00

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Jacob,
Nice work. I might be more of a purist but I prefer the natural colors. I started by straightening the image and cropping a bit. Using the brush tool, I darkened the area lateral and posteriorly to the flower, I then used the blush took and slightly increased the exposure, clarity and sharpness of the flower itself. After that, I added a dark vignette.   Posted: 06/19/2020 17:37:10
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Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Excellent rendition, Pierre. I like what you achieved!   Posted: 06/20/2020 17:25:17
Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
This is amazing I absolutely love it! I will have to to try it. I've been working on another photo and will have to take this into account. You all will see the new piece next month! I also love the crop you did it gives an entirely different feel to my photo! Can I ask what photo editor you used?   Posted: 06/23/2020 09:20:23
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
I use LightRoom. As mentioned before, if you save your pictures in RAW format (probably not possible with your phone) you will gain significantly more latitude on what you can achieve in respect to touch ups on your photo editing program.   Posted: 06/23/2020 11:01:55