Connie Reinhart  

Glenara Gardens Blossom by Connie Reinhart

October 2021 - Glenara Gardens Blossom

October 2021 - Connie Reinhart


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More from Glenara Gardens, or as I like to call it, ‘Miss Havisham’s garden’. The perfect blossom surrounded by buds at the top of the stem and the wilted blossom below caught my eye. Guess wabi-sabi is my new favorite subject. It was processed in PS using Topaz Studio 2. First I used the healing brush to get rid of some stray dead (and ugly) petals. Then burned in some bright spots in the background. Then AI Clear on just the flower (masked the background). Then used Precision Detail to bring out the petals. Then applied a slight glow (per your suggestions on last month’s rose). There were many adjusted sliders with glow. Don’t really know what to do; just went until it looked good to me. Finally cropped top and bottom and added the border to make the image stand out on the black background.

7 comments posted

Witta Priester   Witta Priester
Connie, I think you've done a great job of making this flower pop with your processing. I love the detail and improved simple background.

I find the outside stroke in the final image to be rather bright, so would suggest greying it down. Also, I wonder if overlaying your original photo on a new layer at LOW opacity and masking away the dark background and the central "best" flower on that layer would help emphasize and thus rest the eye on that best flower.   Posted: 10/10/2021 09:21:58
Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Yes, the border is too bright. Perhaps a light grey instead of the stark white. Hmmm. Are you saying to double up on the good flower, perk it up, then darken the background? I added a stmap layer, masked the background, brightened the flower and used levels to darken background. Is this clcose to what you have in mind?   Posted: 10/10/2021 09:44:11
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Witta Priester   Witta Priester
This is stronger, I think. There are so many way to do things in PS. My thought was to have less of the "improved" sharper, contrasty, etc result on the petals and flowers of the plant, EXCEPT for on the center flower.

One way to do this is by adding a layer with the original photo on top at say 5-20% opacity, then mask away the central flower on this orig flower layer. The underlying layer detail and glow are thereby 100% visible on that central flower, while the other parts are softer. The focus is thus a bit more on that best flower.   Posted: 10/10/2021 12:10:38

Michael Moore   Michael Moore
This is a very nicely composed image and I like how you have brought out so much detail in the flower petals. I would clone out the debris hanging off the right hand hanging flower. I also wondered what a simple texture as a background would do for this image and gave it a try.   Posted: 10/10/2021 17:39:06
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Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Connie, Beautiful image. You did a great job on the processing this image. I have a visual image just for a suggestion. I went into camera raw and used the colors and made the greens greener, yellow and purples richer and brought in some vibrants. I took out some of the texture and made it a little softer. I took the clone tool and tried to take out some of the blemishes on the flowers and the leaves. Love the colors and the different stages of life in this flower. Great Job.   Posted: 10/11/2021 21:27:23
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Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
What I liked about this shot was that it shows the life cycle of the blossom, from bud to wilted flower. But each of your suggestions made the image better than I had imagined it could be. Do I have limited imagination, vision, or just stop too soon? I sent all decent images to the owners of the garden. Haven't heard back yet. Thanks everyone for your comments.   Posted: 10/12/2021 10:23:37

Denise McKay   Denise McKay
Beautiful composition and concept for this image. I love how you captured the life cycle on one stem.

My only suggestions would be to soften the flowers a bit, they looked like they had a little too much texture, and to change the background as well. Everyone's suggestions above already spoke to those things and I think provided lots of options to think about.

  Posted: 10/12/2021 11:33:38


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