Bill Foy  

These are NOT grapes! by Bill Foy

June 2021 - These are NOT grapes!

June 2021 - Bill Foy


About the Image(s)

This image was made at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA a few weeks ago. They were really just beginning to appear in the walls of the Rose Garden (they were about 1/2"). All processing in ACR & PS2021. I adjusted Highlights/Shadows, Vibrance and Blacks/Whites in ACR. Cropped the image, burned the background to darken it, and removed some debris in PS2021.
Nikon D500, Sigma 150mm macro lens, f/2.8, 1/320, ISO-100, no flash, handheld.

3 comments posted

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
A challenging subject with a shiney surface.
The old humbug depth of field is not in your favour here I think, and the settings show why. I'm sure you could have gone down a few stops in aperture, going up in ISO and even down a stop in shutter, to get a bit more sharpness. A polarising filter might have toned down the reflections a bit, although that wouldn't help the exposure (most are -2 stops), but PS could be used carefully to stop them glaring at us!
I see what might be a bit of a web - easy to clone out with PS. (Healing brush with Affinity, PS might have its own name for it.)   Posted: 06/10/2021 14:52:21
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
It's called the Spot Healing Brush, Stuart. d;¬{D   Posted: 06/21/2021 13:01:08

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Stuart is right about the shallow DOF and specular highlights. Not that I'd be able to any better handheld with the shake in my hands.

I brought your original image into Affinity Photo, ran it through Topaz Denoise AI & Topaz Sharpen AI, softened the background, and healed out the specular highlights. Thoughts?   Posted: 06/21/2021 13:08:59
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