Jim Hagan, MPSA  

Flowering Dogwood by Jim Hagan, MPSA

September 2023 - Flowering Dogwood

September 2023 - Jim Hagan, MPSA


September 2023 - Jim Hagan, MPSA

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About the Image(s)

My original image was shot about 6 years ago using my infrared converted mirrorless Sony camera “ see image 1. The lens was 75mm, speed 1,2000 and at f/9. I painfully selected each of the dogwood blossoms, converted them to a pink tone. Then I eliminated the sky and all the branches on the left side and from the bottom of the image “ see image 2. Image 2 is shown with a white background but in my Photoshop the white areas are empty, that is there are no pixels in the areas shown as white. And, then from my files I selected one of my cloud photos and used it as the background behind my image 2.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
11 comments posted

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
I like that the shape of the cloud matches rather well the shape of the branch. I also like the idea of colorizing and IR image. I'd have liked it more if the color chosen for the blossoms were more natural. I don't know what the dynamic range of such IR photos is, so I don't know whether the blossoms could have contained a greater range of brightness.   Posted: 09/01/2023 19:12:57

James Troeger   James Troeger
This is a very fun photo Jim. What you have done with the sky replacement and painstaking attention to each individual flower is very nice as it is.

I also really like IR photos relatively true to their IR original state and thus really like your original just as it is as well.

I took you IR original, removed the trees on the left and lower-right (sloppily), and the played around with the individual colors in an attempt to get just a bit more separation between the blossoms and the sky. Finally, I applied the "sunset" LR color preset to it to help make the bottom of the sky pop a little more.

You are making me want to send one of my old cameras out for conversion now.   Posted: 09/02/2023 17:49:08
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Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
This is good, very different.
Loved the one with white background.
I would stop at the Original 2, just a white background, by adding natural blue sky, I think the very different kind of photo turned into just a good image.
  Posted: 09/03/2023 20:38:26

Ed Ogle   Ed Ogle
This is an interesting photo. I also have an IR filter that I haven't used in a couple of years. I like taking IR images and then converting them to black and white, they make the best black and white images.

I actually like your Original 2 best of all by the way with the white background.   Posted: 09/04/2023 19:53:24

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
I have no IR knowledge, so I can only say what appealed to me. I agree with others, the Original 2 is fantastic. And I would love to see what mono might look like, as Ed suggested. I love that you are still creating!

  Posted: 09/08/2023 22:31:30

Ken Weaver   Ken Weaver
I would agree with Sunil and just stop with original 2. It has an arty character to it which then becomes lost when you add the realistic sky with puffy white clouds.   Posted: 09/11/2023 13:55:33

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Thanks for everyone's comments. I've revised my image (Original 2) by adding a 3 pixel border.   Posted: 09/14/2023 06:13:54
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Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
This is good...   Posted: 09/19/2023 22:04:41

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I made another revised image. I changed the color of the blossoms to a more natural color. I "thinned out" much of the blossoms so that they are not so thick. And, I added a more natural background in place of the clouds.   Posted: 09/27/2023 19:52:23
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Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
LOVE this version! I was just going to write that I thought the revised version was too "neon" bright, and too stark, and dogwood blossoms in nature are so calming. And then I scrolled down and saw your newest pastel version, which is WONDERFUL!

Please tell your wife that we bought the bacon smasher she demonstrated for us when we had breakfast with you, and we LOVE it! Getting one for our Florida house, too!   Posted: 09/27/2023 19:56:20
Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Thanks for your comments. I will have to ask my wife what a bacon smasher is as I don't remember what it is (Can't remember? So what else is new).   Posted: 09/27/2023 20:05:52