Pat Centeno  

Dogwood Cluster by Pat Centeno

July 2021 - Dogwood Cluster

July 2021 - Pat Centeno


About the Image(s)

Shot on an iPhoneX f/2.4, 6mm, ISO16 on May 15, 2021 4:12pm. This was discovered in full bloom in Walmart parking lot and I liked the arrangement of this group of flower heads together.

Some edits were done in the iPhone’s photo editor, especially some vignette for the corners. In Touch Retouch, I cloned in more green leaves, & in Snapseed, I used HDRScape tool to intensify the pink shade: Filter strength +50, Brightness -20, Saturation -22. Snapseed also gave me the camera shooting data.

The only thing I didn’t like & was unable to fix in these apps was one overly bright bottom petal on top flower. I tried a ‘selective’ tool and all it did was turn it an ugly grey shade. So I un-did that.

Pat Centeno
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This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I really like your turning this into portrait orientation, Pat, it makes the image. I also like the pink hues you have added.   Posted: 07/08/2021 20:34:57

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Very pretty! I like all the edits which greatly enhanced the creation. I've found that sometimes it's necessay to use each, or several, of the choices under the selective tool in Snapseed to get good results in reducing highlights. You might also try using the brush tool on the petal.   Posted: 07/11/2021 14:56:25

Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
Good composition. You might consider cloning out the pinkish areas in the B/G.   Posted: 07/14/2021 08:42:26

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
The cloning some green leaves and adding pink shade to the flowers work well. The post processing makes the dogwood cluster stand out. I'd prefer to remove some dark spots on the flowers before enhancing the color saturation in HDRScape since it make them more visible.   Posted: 07/18/2021 23:03:33
Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
I think that's a good idea about removing the little specks.   Posted: 07/21/2021 19:21:40

Gene Eckhardt   Gene Eckhardt
The framing is excellent! The original BG Is distracting. Your idea to clone was a good one, but I do not think there is not enough material to work with. There are large areas of contrast and thin leaves. Processed image, to my eye is distracted by the background: straight-line changes in tone, texture, and shape; strong black outlines on the exterior petals, and bright spots. The subject is bright compared to the BG. I suggest you try using curves to darken shadows and midtones. Cleanup with brush (darken).   Posted: 07/21/2021 20:33:52