Connie Reinhart  

Iris by Connie Reinhart

October 2020 - Iris

October 2020 - Connie Reinhart


About the Image(s)

It was July. We had been self-quarantined since February (as a precaution. We don’t have Covid). I strongly suggested that we go somewhere just to get out of Dodge. So my ever-practical husband said, “Let’s walk around the yard!” Not what I was hinting at. But we each came out with 5 or 6 shots worth working on. F/7.1, 1/50 second, ISO 400. Processed in Photo Shop and Topaz. Each step on a different layer. AI Clear, precision contrast, precision detail, a texture that put the frame on the image. But the upper left corner was too too bright, so I used a dusty texture to tone it down. I masked the texture off of the blossom. Hazel Meredith makes these textures look marvelous, but when I use them they look awful. This one isn’t too bad.

4 comments posted

Witta Priester   Witta Priester
Hope you've managed to get farther from home than your yard! nonetheless, your iris IS photogenic. I like the original - diagonal lines; nice complementary colors, good details. You've done well with the sharpening to bring the eye to the yellow center, and with darkening of the lower right corner.

For me, the texture and frame do not add to the photo. The frame mimics and emphasizes the vertical vein at the top right, so I think it distracts. The texture looks dirty, especially at the left side where the original photo is darker. You might consider simply cleaning up that part of the photo in the original-for example by applying a solid color adjustment layer in the same color to it -before applying the texture. I think that would help.
  Posted: 10/03/2020 11:39:09

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Thank you Witta. I was playing with different effects in Topaz and thought this was quite different. So I submitted it to see what the rest of us thought. I agree with you. Some images grow on me after a while. But this is just the opposite. I wanted to fill up the empty corner in the upper left. Any suggestions?   Posted: 10/05/2020 13:00:14

Denise McKay   Denise McKay
This Iris is beautiful, and you have a lovely composition.

Sometimes I play with adding a color vignette to a photo that I think just needs a little something extra. TS2 has a vignette filter that you could try. It allows you to choose a color directly from your image for the vignette. And then you can change the size, position, opacity, etc. to suit your taste. You can even add a mask to paint off parts of the vignette that fall on the flower, but you don't want it to cover. Again, changing the opacity of the masking, etc.

That might provide you a way to fill in that corner, but keep the effect simple, so as not to overpower the beauty of the flower.

  Posted: 10/11/2020 08:18:12

Cecilia Clark   Cecilia Clark
Connie, I definitely understand your desire to get out and see something new. Your iris is lovely with a pleasing soft color palette. You made the composition interesting by showing only a part of the flower. I agree that the frame detracts from the flower and the texture in the upper left does look a little grungy. But, I don't think the image is a lost cause. In LR I neutralized (using the White Balance eye dropper) and lightened the background so it doesn't compete with the flower. The change in WB also brightened the flower. I added a little vibrance to further brighten it and using the brush I added a little texture to the yellow and to the falls that are most in focus. I cropped just slightly so the bottom left fall goes all the way to the edge. Then I added a light vignette that I thought might give the image more depth and replace the frame.   Posted: 10/19/2020 19:54:41
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