Bob Benson, FPSA, EPSA  

Bowing to the Leader by Bob Benson, FPSA, EPSA

July 2021 - Bowing to the Leader

July 2021 - Bob Benson, FPSA, EPSA


About the Image(s)

I have been meaning to try a reflection of a background from a drop for some time, so I grabbed this dandelion before they were gone (mostly) for the season. I had a syringe with water and glycerine to try to strategically place the drops, but never could get what I wanted, as the good ones rolled off before I could get the desired effect. So I photographed this one with a green poster board background, and used Helicon Focus to put together 8 images for maximum sharpness. I flipped it vertically, and then thought that it needed something else. I put 3 versions of it on their own layers, reduced them in size, and used Warp to bend them a little, so that they were not exact clones. Then I played around with various settings on the clones, using Topaz Glow. Also applied dodging and burning to the background so that it was not too uniform.
0.5 sec at f16 with 100 macro lens, ISO 800

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
Bob, all I can say is GREAT IMAGE. Sharp as a tack and a nice background color for the Dandelions.   Posted: 07/06/2021 17:22:28

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
This is a great composite. You have filled the frame very effectively, and your treatment of the 3 cloned dandelions could lead us to believe that they are all from different subjects. The green background is very pleasing and sets off the dandelions perfectly.   Posted: 07/09/2021 10:39:26

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
After reading your explanation, I looked carefully looking for duplicate elements to discover the cloning; but I couldn't notice anyone, kudos! I like everything you achieved with this photo: mood, composition, tonalities; and I wouldn't change anything. My only comment is whether you really needed the droplets for the final image, but they were already there.   Posted: 07/09/2021 19:42:29

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
This had to be a fun creation. I love the waterdrops and think you might even add a few more to those below on right. Great lighting and bold, bright colors. No one would guess anything has been cloned. It's very natural but in an electrified way.   Posted: 07/11/2021 13:20:08

Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
(Group 81)
Love the composite of this image. Really well balanced and interesting. Like the glow on the lower three seed heads really adds to it LL, well done. Given me some ideas!!!   Posted: 07/12/2021 16:15:33

Anges van der Logt   Anges van der Logt
A very well executed composite of the same dandelion! Not sure about the dandelion exactly behind the stem of the main one though, with regards to composition (maybe you could try with that one as well, and see if it makes the composition stronger or not.. ). But very interesting result indeed!   Posted: 07/13/2021 04:29:59

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
It is a very beautiful image indeed. The water droplets are interesting. You have done an excellent job in post processing the dandelions so that they do not appear as clone. The only thing I can say is that the stem of dandelion at the left lower quadrant contains some green coloration.   Posted: 07/30/2021 11:00:46