Angela Chan  

Chrysanthemum by Angela Chan

January 2020 - Chrysanthemum

January 2020 - Angela Chan


About the Image(s)

Converted the central bloom to monochrome .
I like to give all the attention to my central subject and appreciate the beauty of texture and form ( s ) of the petals instead of the color.
Sony RX10
1/125 sec, f8 ISO 5000

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4 comments posted

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
I agree with you that B&W gives the flower more attention. You have done a very good job on the masking and the conversion to black and white. It would be fine if you could tell us a little about what you have done in the post-processing.

If I should have a small pick, it looks like the stalk is cut off on the middle. A little cloning would solve this.   Posted: 01/14/2020 01:13:59
Angela Chan   Angela Chan
Thank you for the kind words.
This image was only processed in Lightroom.
In HSL, the brightness, concentration and hue can be adjusted before the black and white conversion . This give lots of control in the tone . Yellow usually show up bright in monochrome so if you want to tone part of it up or down it can be done via adjustment brush or radial filter. Do not forget that you can brush in color( at the bottom of the adjustment brush ).After that, I used adjustment brush to decrease brightness outside the subject.(decrease exposure ). Make sure that AutoMask is on ; and the crosshair of the brush does not cross the border of your subject and the other part.
I was lazy and did not go to PS, otherwise would had cloned in the stem easily.
The same result can be achieve in PhotoShop . Using quick selection the subject can be mask in easily. No need to make too accurate a mask if you want to send it back to LR to finish the final touch as described above. In the newest version of PS, under Quick Seclection there is a choice called ( Seclect Subject ). This does a fairly good job . If you want to refine the selection, create a mask and then refine the mask by painting on it directly. ( White reveal and black conceal ). One point worth noting is that you can create a straight line with a brush using 2 points . Click on the first spot, lift the cursor and move to the end of the intented straight line . Hold on shift before clicking on the destination . This yield seclection with perfect edges if the edges are supposed to be smooth. Most people do not like to use the pen tool but they usually give me the best result .The recent addition of ( Curvature pen tool ) make it much easier to use .   Posted: 01/14/2020 10:26:23

David Henderson   David Henderson
I agree with Arne that the black and white is far better result. The only suggestion I would change is to dull down the centre petals a bit as to me they look a bit blown out and brighten the outer ones to make the flower stand out even more against the black background   Posted: 01/22/2020 00:57:52

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
I, too, like the monochrome version of the image. I like the flower sitting on the black background - it really draws my eye to the flower's core. I think Arne is right about that cloning out the dark area on the stalk will eliminate a distraction.   Posted: 01/23/2020 14:22:39