Posts tagged “Flora

Lupine (Three Photographs)

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Using Skylum’s Luminar my objective was to get the same tonal contrast and detail as I get in Intensity CK Skylum’s discontinued legacy software. The old preset of Even Balance is something I will miss when it no longer works on MacOS. These Lupine flowers were developed with my replacement preset.


Flowers Done in Luminar 2018 (Two Photographs)

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Most modern software apart from Lightroom and Photoshop, automatically apply too much colour saturation for my taste. Though I suspect this is because that is what the majority of photographers want. You just have to pull back the sliders to avoid this. I have tried these flowers with a bit more saturation to see how it goes. By the way, a photograph to be processed in black and white will benefit from a bit more contrast and saturation.

 


Nature (Two Photographs)

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I called this set nature but it was the processing that interested me; higher contrast, more detail, a bit abstract. Not every experiment works or has the impact I would wish, but at the very least they help my thinking for future ideas.


Flowers (Two Photographs)

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These could easily have been processed in colour, but I am working on some new ideas in contrast. They say photography has a steep learning curve but to some degree it’s getting easier for everyone. Mirror-less cameras with “what you see is what you get” viewfinders, and easier to use processing tools have removed some of the difficulty but working on contrast is still challenging.


A Confusion of Flowers (Three Photographs)

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One thing I like in all of my photographs is texture, be it detail in feathers, the veins of leaves or the bark of trees. But sometimes in a larger photo containing many things, the photo itself seems to take on texture and this is often more obvious in black and white. The tonality itself has a texture-like feel to it. It is one of the reasons black and white is so appealing.


Formatting (two Photographs)

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Portrait and landscape formats of the same photograph with slight but important changes in composition. The rule of thumb for professionals was to shoot both of everything. Portrait was great for magazines, books, and landscape was good for everything else (only the best got a two page spread of a landscape). What is the best format for the web, it depends on the website and the computer screen. With small screens a portrait format might not show fully. Some websites are better with landscape. So do the research or like me do what’s best for the photograph.


Experiments (Three Photographs)

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These are the results of some experimentation on my part in flower photography post-production; basically working on the balance between the subject and the background. A finer balance than I thought.