Connie Reinhart  

Red Leaves by Connie Reinhart

July 2024 - Red Leaves

July 2024 - Connie Reinhart


About the Image(s)

This was taken in our backyard, and I always liked the lighting. First, I retouched a bright spot in the bottom left. Then I used NIK Color Effects contrast color range to emphasize the color. That seemed to reduce the detail on the leaves, so I added Color Effects detail extractor to bring that detail back. I added a color border to make the image stand out against our background. If this photo were to be framed, there would be no added border.

2 comments posted

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
Connie, it takes marked awareness to find the beauty in all stages of exidtence. You have documented that beauty.
I do love the colars in your image, well as the curves that the leaves make as they slowly wave goodbuy to the new life that will soon make its debue.
To my eye, the mostly even appearence of most foreground and background, detracts from the subject of the leaves. To me, your image could gain in value with a painterly preset. So I repeated your steps on the original, and applied Topez Impession 2 with a Georga O'Keefe 2 preset.   Posted: 07/06/2024 10:55:15
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Denise McKay   Denise McKay
I like this composition and how the branch and leaves drape down from the left top and into the frame making a nice composition. That movement felt to me like it could be more delicate and soft, even though I'm sure these leaves were actually crisp in texture. Like Georgianne, I thought a darker background would help make the leaves stand out but I also liked the green from the tree needles and didn't want to lose them. So I played with this using the following edits:

In Lightroom I masked the background and reduced the exposure.

In Topaz Studio 2 I used two filters, Abstraction and Smudge. I made adjustments to each filter to soften the textures but not lose them completely and add a kind of smoothness to the overall image.

Nice job capturing this composition and light on this scene.

  Posted: 07/09/2024 11:25:27
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