Chan Garrett  

Orchids by Chan Garrett

May 2021 - Orchids

May 2021 - Chan Garrett


About the Image(s)

This orchid plant is blooming on my back patio.
The image was captured with my canon T3i, converted to IR with a 830 nm filter. I processed the raw file in LrC where I adjusted Exposure and then edited in Ps to adjust the White, Neutral, and Black values. Back in LrC I darkened the upper left corner, sharpened and cropped.

8 comments posted

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Without knowing your visual intent, lens, aperture, tripod use and whether any lighting besides natural was used in the capture I'll make some blind comments.

The main subject appears to be the spray of three orchids composed in a most pleasing diagonal that reads left to right as they are the lightest objects in the frame and draw my eye right to them. However, the orchid in bottom right appears to be in quite sharp focus with well defined lines and detail and draws my attention as well; thus competing with the soft, delicate diagonal flowers. Perhaps it was your intent to show how soft and delicate the three are. In which case I would suggest you consider toning down all the background areas that surround those 3 orchids, reducing highlights and even reducing sharpness to help blur it out and help keep our eye on the prize: the 3 orchids. There are some small light areas, leaves, and door frame that draw my eye; tone/blur them down. Use burning/dodging tools to redirect viewers eye to where you want it to go.   Posted: 05/01/2021 14:20:51

Chan Garrett   Chan Garrett
Your suggestions are appreciated. To be truthful, I was not real happy with the photo. I missed submitting last month, and did not want to miss again this month. With my camera modification it is difficult to capture an image without the use of a tripod. My recovering back has kept me close to home and I have about run out of good subjects at home. No excuse. I see that more could have been done to improve this image. Thank you.   Posted: 05/01/2021 16:29:04
Chan Garrett   Chan Garrett
Here I have tried to make some improvements. Please keep pushing me.   Posted: 05/01/2021 17:48:21
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Chuck Nauman   Chuck Nauman
Chan -- I think your improvements are definitely in the right direction. You could probably make further improvements with Adjustments > Shadows & Highlights in Photoshop, and/or Silver Effects Pro in the Nik collection (assuming you haven't used these already).   Posted: 05/03/2021 23:43:04
Chan Garrett   Chan Garrett
Thanks for the reply, Chuck. I start my PP in LrC where I adjusted white and black points, along with some other basic adjustments. I next go to Ps where I further make adjustments to white, neutral, and black values. I also usually go to Silver Effex Pro for some additional fine tuning. I know more could be done with this image, but is the image worth the time? I value your input.

  Posted: 05/04/2021 09:05:22
Gary Oehrle   Gary Oehrle
I like your improvements. However the lack of character in the pedals etc takes away from the overall image. At this point I do not have a suggestion. BUT I will buy an orchid plant at my local store and see what I can come up. till next month then and take are with your back   Posted: 05/12/2021 07:55:54
Chan Garrett   Chan Garrett
I look forward to your next month's submersion.   Posted: 05/12/2021 07:59:33

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Orchids can make great IR subject, but as you show, they can also be challenging. I like your second version quite a bit, though I think I'd brighten up the petals a bit to minimize the spots.   Posted: 05/12/2021 17:04:25


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