Marti Buckely  

Botanic Garden Fountain by Marti Buckely

May 2022 - Botanic Garden Fountain

May 2022 - Marti Buckely


May 2022 - Marti Buckely

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May 2022 - Marti Buckely

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About the Image(s)

These images were taken at the Chicago Botanic Garden back in 2009 when HDR was more common. I decided to use Lightroom's HDR function to combine the three images. On the final, I used Sky Replacement in Photoshop to remove a white sky, cropped some and saturated the roses more.

4 comments posted

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Very nice processing Marti, but the four levels are a bit distracting for me.. Why did you not center the fountain, was the extra space on the left deliberate or an oversight. To improve on this I think it needs more life and a stepladder for a better view of the fountain and the least amount of background as possible. Perhaps blurring the background trees could help.   Posted: 05/07/2022 19:48:56

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Nice that you didn't go overboard on the HDR, which so many tend to do. The column of water is where the eye tends to land on, both because of its brightness and because it suggests movement; perhaps you could have cropped down from the top a bit to more to further highlight the water. This would move it from dead center and allow a nice line from the flowers in the foreground to the fountain.   Posted: 05/12/2022 17:34:03

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
Great depth of field on this one. It's a shame that that hedge and world trees had to be in the background instead of something more plain.Still your capture was very good. Only recommendation would be to adjust your levels to brighten the overall image and perhaps a little more saturation on the blossoms.   Posted: 05/16/2022 12:37:12

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
This is a pretty scene with lots to look at. I agree with Joe that perhaps blurring the background - including the hedge - would focus more attention on the fountain. I feel also that the foreground could be darkened a bit. The brightest image of your HDR has brightened the rose bushes too much, and the nice highlights and shadows have been lost. Alternatively, crop the rose bushes about half way up, or more, to direct the eye to the fountain. I've been trying to learn how to do luminance masking in Lightroom, and this would be a great image to work with - essentially just dodging and burning for more dynamic range.   Posted: 05/17/2022 14:44:22


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