Judith Lesnaw  

Pumpkin Patch by Judith Lesnaw

November 2021 - Pumpkin Patch

About the Image(s)

Two weeks ago my family and I drove to Ramseyā€¯s farm in DE in search of Autumnal colors. There I spied a vast field of pumpkins. I have been experimenting with various techniques for a class I am taking. For this image I tried HDR. I shot a series of 5 pictures with my Canon 80D and Tamron 16-18 lens at 26mm, hand held. I set the camera to aperture priority at f/6.3, multiple rapid shots, spot metering, and set the camera to vary the shutter speed by half a stop. Next I merged the images in Lightroom using the HDR merge. I sharpened the merged image
In Topaz sharpen AI, and finally in LR adjusted highlights, whites, shadows, blacks, and tweaked clarity and vibrance just a bit.

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4 comments posted

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Nice fun scene. Who doesn't like pumpkins? As I've just written in response to some of the other's images, I'm often not a fan of HDR when a realistic look is the objective. Not that I don't use it, I just use it as a separate layer in PS and often use just portions and reduce the opacity of the portions I do use. (Not to be a hypocrite, sometimes I just go with the HDR result.) I like the slope of the hill and the path. The field does look cluttered to me but that's the nature of the subject. The sky looks a bit unreal to me, particularly the upper right corner. I think I'd crop off some of the top anyway which would alleviate that area.   Posted: 11/09/2021 12:23:13

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
You certainly found a traditional fall scene with the pumpkin patch. It looks pretty natural to me even though you did HDR. I do find it to be a busy scene. After taking a photograph of the overall scene I try to remind myself to "move my feet" and look for more intimate parts of the scene or a different perspective. If your focus is the pumpkins I think it might enhance the image to get low and closer to the pumpkins and make them more of the focus. It looks like it was a great family outing.   Posted: 11/14/2021 13:57:54

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Just because I enjoy the debate I am going to weigh in here on the side of NIK HDR and/or LR merge to HDR. Years ago when the first HDR images began to appear they looked very unnatural; but as time went on I believe the software has gotten better and better (the only one I stil find very unnatural is Photomatix). Sure, you can get the same result by blending images in PS, but it is more work that way. The one caveat is that I do not believe you can just accept the way the software creates the HDR. There are many micro adjustment in NIK HDR that allow you to tweak the image to get a result that is natural looking and pleasing. Ususally artifacts are easy to clean up.
Having said all that, I think your image has a natural look and feel to it. My only suggestion would be some dodge and burn work on the tree line. AS it is it appears flat to me and I thibk it would not be tood difficult to add some depth.   Posted: 11/15/2021 12:45:24

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
A fun scene. Since your subject is the pumpkins, I would suggest cropping some of the sky. I think the different values of blue do not work, and take me away from the pumpkin story. I'd also suggest cropping in a way that the path is on a vertical line of thirds. With that in mind the pumpkins are the story.   Posted: 11/18/2021 12:49:23