Connie Reinhart  

Triangles - Spiderwort by Connie Reinhart

November 2021 - Triangles - Spiderwort

November 2021 - Connie Reinhart


About the Image(s)

This wildflower, spiderwort, is a lovely bloom with colors ranging from lavender to a royal blue. It grows wild in our area. While lovely, it tends to take over wherever it grows. It will choke out anything else growing in that area. This was taken with a Canon 5D Mark II, f/8, 1/40 second. ISO 400. Probably used a tripod because I can’t hand-hold at that shutter speed. Processed through PS using Topaz Studio 2. Cropped top and bottom, applied AI Clear with extra sharpening. Then emphasized the edges using lines, but that seemed to make little difference. When taking the picture the goal was to emphasize the yellow stamens. The rest of the flower is softly focused. But now I want more depth of field. (Should have shot it both ways.) The stem was way too bright, but burning didn’t do the trick. With HSL Color Tuning I darkened greens and yellows, emphasized the colors of the blossom. Then using the Magic Wand I selected just the flower and pasted it to its own layer. The underlying layer was darkened using both levels and brightness/contrast. That helped the too bright stem. Used levels on the blossom itself to bring out color and detail.

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7 comments posted

Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
It's amazing you found a flower with all these triangle shapes. Haven't seen this kind of flower before. Even the green leaves behind the petals are triangular! I like the way the depth of field has really emphasized the yellow stamens. You can mostly prevent the too-bright areas on foliage if you block the light from hitting the plant when taking the photo. I often hold a piece of paper or just my hand and cast a shadow on the plant until I see those hot spots disappear.   Posted: 11/08/2021 10:38:02
Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
I sould have cast a shadow on that bright stem. I was concentrating too hard on the stamens. No excuse. Was using a tripod and had a hand free. Incidentally, the triangular leaves are actually the sepals. The real leaves are tall and spiky - rather like daffodil leaves.   Posted: 11/08/2021 15:13:25
Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
When you have Photoshop open, I suggest using the Adjustment Brush in the Camera Raw Filter section to easily and quickly brush that bright stem with a lowered exposure.   Posted: 11/27/2021 10:31:21

Gavin Tow   Gavin Tow
I have never seen this flower before. The way you describe it, it's almost like a weed if it takes over everything. It reminded me of a type of lily.
I like the yellow against the flower itself. It's very interesting. The dark/black background really brought the colors out.   Posted: 11/12/2021 03:12:18
Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
It is indeed a weed - and almost impossible to dig out. But it's still beautiful.   Posted: 11/15/2021 14:23:59

Barbara Kuebler   Barbara Kuebler
This is a lovely image full of triangles. The dark background emphasizes the lavender and green. No distractions. The bright yellow stamens and sharp and very eye-catching. We have this flower in our botanical garden.   Posted: 11/27/2021 15:05:48

Walter Ross   Walter Ross
I wish the 'weeds' in my yard looked like this one. Great triangle image for the month! I also like the pop of sharp yellow against the vivid purple petals (sepals?), very eye catching. I agree with above about dimming the stem in post editing but I also would have cropped the image so the stem led directly from the corner; just a personal preference and not a critique.   Posted: 11/29/2021 13:02:02