Robert Schleif  

Witch Alder by Robert Schleif

May 2021 - Witch Alder

May 2021 - Robert Schleif


About the Image(s)

This was taken with my new Canon R5 using the Canon EF 70-200 f4 plus the 500D closeup lens (no longer available). Originally, I tried a focus stack of 30 shots at f7.1 but the stacking program that I use, Canon's DPP4, had trouble where the white stamens crossed. Therefore, I turned to using a focus stack of just five shots taken at f16. At f16 most of the flower was in focus in a single shot, and the remainder of the shots took care of the background. I am not satisfied with my processing of the original, After stacking.jpg, and I welcome ideas and suggestions. (In general, I am far more interested in receiving criticism and suggestions than praise.)

9 comments posted

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Overall, I like this image. However I will make a couple of suggestions. What I did was first clone out the greenery in the lower right corner. It took my eye away from the flower. I then selected the flower and in adjustments, brightened it a bit. Following that I opened Topaz Studio 2 - opened the Smudge filter and sharpened it a bit and increased the strength & sharpness a bit. Hope you like it.   Posted: 05/02/2021 12:51:18
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Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
I very much like the treatment of the stamens. Interestingly, when the image is relatively small, to me, the removal of the bottom right leaf leaves the flower feeling like a table with a missing leg. However, when the image is large, to me, it feels fine.   Posted: 05/03/2021 08:59:59

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
I would agree with Bev's comment about the leaf at the bottom on the right side. If you didn't remove the leaf, you would have to move the bottom of the image as the leaf is cut off. You also have a light line coming from one of the stamens, which should be darkened or removed . I also darken some of the leaves on the top left( my opinion) The color and sharpness of the flower is excellent. Good Job.

Again welcome to group 42   Posted: 05/02/2021 16:15:49
Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
Darkening the leaves in the upper left and brightening the flower certainly help.   Posted: 05/03/2021 09:17:08

Michael Braunstein   Michael Braunstein
The first thing that hit me was also the lower right corner. Either take it out or darken it.I think it use a little more contrast and the flower a little brighter. I put you flower in PS-levels-auto and then used the black eye dropper on a black area. Then I moved the right slider to the left closer to the mountain.   Posted: 05/02/2021 17:49:47
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Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
Having more than one "appendage" to the flower helps balance things, and brightening helps. Here is a variation that incorporates more modification of the original image than I'm generally comfortable with, but does seem to solve the balance problem.   Posted: 05/03/2021 09:20:01
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Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
I feel you need the big green leave on the left to be kept to balance out the image.   Posted: 05/03/2021 10:50:29

Sarita Yeola   Sarita Yeola
Welcome to the group!
This is a beautiful photo of the witch alder. Bev's changes make the flower really stand out. Very nice.   Posted: 05/03/2021 15:44:33
Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
All the comments have been very helpful, thank you all.
Yes, Bev's changes really added snap to the image. It took me a while with my editing program to approach what she did. I've found that I like the effect of rotating the image slightly to bring the leaf closer to a comfortable diagonal.   Posted: 05/04/2021 10:57:46
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