Bev Caine  


October 2021 - EYE OF THE ORCHID

October 2021 - Bev Caine


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Since I've been spending so much time at home since the blessing (?) of COVID, I decided to get my act together and rejuvenate some old images.
The first thing I did with this was crop it down to the center. I then took it into Topaz Studio2 and using smudge, I sharpened the whole flower. I then cropped to what you see. In an effort to make it stand out more, I used image canvas size and increased the size of the image. I chose the darker purple color. I manually selected just the image and then selected inverse in selection tool box and filled that white space with the darker color.

14 comments posted

Gary Schafer   Gary Schafer
Nice special effect. I have never used Topaz but have heard about it. I like the colors.   Posted: 10/02/2021 12:05:18

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
Thanks Gary. For me it's a very worthwhile investment. I use it on almost every image as the sharpening is probably the best I've worked with. Take a look at their website and if you want to buy it, let me know as I have a discount code floating around in one of my files.   Posted: 10/02/2021 12:14:57

Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
Lovely Margaret. Is it Topaz Sharpening that you have? I think my Topaz is a different program.   Posted: 10/02/2021 13:29:46
Bev Caine   Bev Caine
I'm glad I'm not the only one confused...I'm not Margaret.

I have Studio 2 which includes A1 sharpen, but I actually use Smudge for sharpening because it does such a great job. If you have Studio 2- across the top towards the in the black bar, you will find filters. Click on that, go down to stylistic and then move down to smudge and open'll see a few things that are very useful,   Posted: 10/02/2021 15:59:54
Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
Ha ha! I am sorry I gave you the wrong name Bev! Senior moment for sure!   Posted: 10/02/2021 19:57:37
Bev Caine   Bev Caine
Not a problem,, just an opportunity for me to tease someone   Posted: 10/02/2021 20:25:32

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Happy Sunday, Bev!

Well, the original is already an out-of-focus capture, and thus does not work. Cropping and enlarging the image only exasperates the blurred view. In my opinion, the large blurred view can be more disturbing than attractive, even as an abstract.

If the original attempt was to soften the image, then using camera dynamics and natural lighting, for example, could have paid solid results. (e.g. using wide open aperture and selected point of focus in creating a soft aesthetic).

  Posted: 10/03/2021 06:40:42

Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Bev, maybe I am different but I like the soft image and the frame. I would fix the frame under your copyright symbol and the lower left corner then make a 24x24 print and put it on your wall. Love it!   Posted: 10/04/2021 06:48:12
Bev Caine   Bev Caine
Thanks Tom. I do like it the way it is and can easily correct that light spot.   Posted: 10/04/2021 07:00:22

Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
I really like the colors and the composition and I would like it better if either the outside pedals or the throat were in sharp focus.   Posted: 10/04/2021 12:31:48
Bev Caine   Bev Caine
Try this is it any better?   Posted: 10/04/2021 13:45:37
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Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
Yes. I think so. I tend to focus on the innermost part and let the outside go soft. Otherwise I focus stack and go for sharpness all the way.   Posted: 10/11/2021 11:51:35

Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
I love the colors and the way you cropped it but was a little bothered by the softness of it so your final version suits me better. However, as with any image you must use what you like and not worry about what the rest of us say.
(I was flattered by Jamie thinking I was Bev)   Posted: 10/09/2021 15:23:48

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
I am actually very happy when someone else sees my image as soft. My eyes are not what they were 50 years ago so anything to help is thoroughly appreciated. And, that's what study groups are for.   Posted: 10/09/2021 16:02:44


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