Tulips (Four Photographs) and a word about Flowers and Depth of Field

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I like to use a narrow depth of field when taking flowers, however the downside can sometimes outweigh the positive. A few of the problems you can encounter include: color fringing, halos and color bleeding. The issues here are: the nature of the lens and how it deals with chromatic aberration, a fancy term for color fringing (green or purple on edges); how the transition from focus to out of focus affects the edges of areas further away, they may blossom (halo); and finally how colors in the out of focus area bleed into one another. To some degree modern editing programs have corrections for color fringing/chromatic aberration, but they do not always work. The green fringe is fixed but in some cases that means you have a purple fringe somewhere else. Painting these problems away in Photoshop is time-consuming but can be worth it. While the degree to which you decide to ignore these issues when they occur is personal, and negligibly visible on SRGB jpegs on the web, they can ruin a print. I try to avoid these problems or minimize them as much as I can, but I never leave them alone.

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10 responses

  1. These are beautifully done. Nicely balanced. With colour fringing, particularly that nasty purple fringe which you can sometimes get on the edge of something, I tend to use hue and saturation, selecting magenta and then either darkening or lightening, and this can be quite an effective and quick fix.

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    August 24, 2016 at 3:28 am

  2. Love the blurred background as well as your placement of the flower in the photo. Thanks for the tips, as always!

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    August 24, 2016 at 8:01 am

  3. So true about the fringing and eliminating one sometimes presents the other. I think the color poppy here is gorgeous! Lovely clarity.

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    August 24, 2016 at 10:26 am

  4. They are beautiful. Perfect!

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    August 24, 2016 at 3:47 pm

  5. These are gorgeous! Thank you for the tips – I often have the most problems when trying to edit purple or mauve colored flowers. It’s time consuming trying to correct both the color and the fringing.

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    August 25, 2016 at 10:50 am

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