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Blueberry bush by Donna Paul

August 2022 - Blueberry bush

August 2022 - Donna Paul

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I liked the color and how the blueberries were hiding in the bush. I shot f8.0 1/250s with my Canon 5D Mark IV Canon 105 lens. I used all I have on this laptop Paint 3D and lighted and then cropped the Image to what looked good to me. If I have better software I am sure that there is a way to lighten the berrys more and maybe put drops of rain on them.


12 comments posted




David Terao   David Terao
The original image was quite dark, and you did improve it by brightening the overall image. The blueberries are the main subjects, but unfortunately the brightest ones are not in focus. They can be sharpened using some software such as Topaz Labs' Sharpen AI. I'm not familiar with Paint 3D. I use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. If you can use Paint 3D to brighten and darken portions of the image, I would suggest brightening the center of the image and darkening the brighter green leaves in the upper left corner. The brighter leaves grab my attention, and I don't think you wanted those leaves to be the primary focus of attention.   Posted: 08/02/2022 12:59:06
Donna Paul   Donna Paul
Yes, I see what you are saying. Thank you!   Posted: 08/02/2022 13:14:05



Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I use mostly Photoshop and Lightroom and occasionally the Topaz products and On1. Here I used PS to bright the berries and crop a little more. David is right about the focus on the berries.   Posted: 08/02/2022 14:31:17
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Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I used David's advice and put this into Topaz Sharpen AI and here was the result. They almost look the same but if you open each, you can see the sharpening is quite noticeable.   Posted: 08/02/2022 15:45:42
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Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
Donna, the colors are attractive, and I feel your intrigue. Yes, focus is very important in a complex subject, and if you had one in focus as a subject, the rest would support it. I would see if you have another with a focal point. I like the original crop better too, as you have a really good triangle that gets me to look at the top blueberry. The crop you chose feels squished to me, so the original I find much more successful, and I would just crop in a bit on each side.   Posted: 08/02/2022 23:11:15



Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I use mostly Photoshop and Lightroom and occasionally the Topaz products and On1. Here I used PS to bright the berries and crop a little more. David is right about the focus on the berries.   Posted: 08/03/2022 14:40:35
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David Terao   David Terao
I took the liberty to brighten the center using LR radial gradient, darken the leaves in the upper right using LR brush, sharpen the berries using PS smart filter and brighten the berries using PS dodge tool.   Posted: 08/03/2022 17:57:34
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Donna Paul   Donna Paul
Love what you did. I wanted that but don't know the software yet to get what I want from the software. Thank you!   Posted: 08/15/2022 19:11:44



Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Donna, I feel like we have a very great group. There is some good ideas on how to improve this image. I feel the same about the focus and picking the main focus and where do you want my eye to go. I hope you got to eat a few of these berries.   Posted: 08/04/2022 16:27:32
Donna Paul   Donna Paul
Thank you, yes this is a good group and we will get better.:)   Posted: 08/15/2022 19:12:50



Ingrid Lockhart   Ingrid Lockhart
I find it very interesting to read all of the various comments made above and I agree that the blueberries are a beautiful subject. I think that the changes suggested by David Terao are very beneficial and effective and really bring out the beauty of the subject.   Posted: 08/14/2022 13:22:33
Donna Paul   Donna Paul
You are right! Thank you.   Posted: 08/15/2022 19:13:23



 

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