Lisa Auerbach  

Untitled by Lisa Auerbach

January 2022 - Untitled

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I considered several images for this month’s dialogue. However, I kept returning to this image. I am posting it with no processing. It was a study for focus stacking which I achieved to my liking. I took 10 images and ended up with a clear image of the subject. However, the background is so busy that no matter what I try, it looks busy. I decided to post it and ask for suggestions on how to make the background less distracting.

7 comments posted

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Great job focus stacking. How did you do it? Was the camera tripod-mounted? How did you vary the focus in the 10 images, and merge them (in camera or ?photoshop?)? What camera, settings, and lens did you use? Here is how I would approach this image. I would take it into the new Lightroom and mask the subject. Next I would invert the mask and lighten and blur the background a lot (or replace the background with a plain light-colored one). Finally I would add a feathered white vignette for a high key effect. Great possibilities here.   Posted: 01/11/2022 18:29:10

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
The flower is beautiful. However, I'm also bothered by the complexity of the scene. My taste favors simplicity so this image may just not be up my alley. Regarding processing, you could limit your focus stacking to just the flowers and follow Judith's suggestions regarding the background. I'd also suggest, if possible, darkening the leaves behind the flower which tend to draw my eye away from the flower.   Posted: 01/12/2022 13:12:29

LC Boros   LC Boros
I'd mask the background and blur it while at the same time altering its levels: or unstack and just make the front orchids the subject as the ones in the back are obscured by a branch and there's no easy way to remove such an obstruction.
  Posted: 01/14/2022 23:28:43

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I admire your skill at stacking 10 images. For me, focus stacking is a frustratingly difficult process. In this image, rhe blooms appear sharp and I see no sign of ghosting, so bravo! One problem I have with stacking is that it also makes the background sharper and reveals more detail. From an artistic point of view, I find that unhelpful. I agree with LC about trying to selet the backgroud and add blur. In my opinon it would cause the viewer to focus on the beauty of the flowers.   Posted: 01/15/2022 09:04:23

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
Congratulations on tackling focus stacking. It can be a real challenge and I think you did a good job with the flower. To me this probably was not the ideal situation or setting to do focus stacking because of the very busy distracting background. I would encourage you to try a single flower against a simple background such as a cut flower in the house with a simple background. I have done that with great success. For me it would be a monumental effort to mask out the background. Just for fun I put your image in Topaz Studio and put an abstract filter on it. You may not want to do this but it does decrease the distracting background. I also cropped it tighter.   Posted: 01/16/2022 18:19:32
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Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
I did try working with the background and will continue. I like the suggestions and a combination of them might work, esp. the tighter crop.
Thank you   Posted: 01/17/2022 06:48:44

Ally Green   Ally Green
Beautiful colour of the flower and i like the arrangement of them. But to me i am more on the simplistic side and would have probably selected just one of the flowers with the camera. The background is just too busy for me . I do like what Pamela has done with an abstract version as i think you can get away with this.   Posted: 01/17/2022 13:38:05


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