9 days to go: this image was very challenging. Under macro magnification, the surface of this Phragmipedium has very tiny filaments which attract an incredible amount of debris. Perhaps, it is my background as a floral designer that prompts me to “perfect” the flower in post because it is obviously impossible to do this “in camera” at a highly curated orchid show:)
Additionally, because these orchids are terrestrial they are frequently presented near the ground. This presents another challenge…because any supplemental light will typically bounce off the beautiful, puffy pouch frequently creating a bit of a hot spot.
Knowing this going into selects for post , either I do edit it first or save it for near the last.
Something else really bothers me… the names that are usually placed very near the specimen. And, then there are the plastic clips and blue green supports that often hold the specimen in place.
So there is alot extra to edit. I was able to adjust the exposure, HDR and edit a specific color range, and a heal layer for the first touch up In CaptureOne. As a newbie with this program, still have to work with luma range and that will be the next challenge to tackle. Totally love this program and took the edit as far as possible for me before switching to Photoshop. for the pixel-based touch ups,. etc.
The plan, of course, is to go back down to NYBG soon, when it’s a less crowded than on member’s day and have fun trying several lighting set-ups: one with the R1C1 macro flash, another with a large diffuser on the SB 910 and another with the ISO cranked way up. No tripods allowed!
Naturally, my husband, got a perfect shot of a Paphiopedilum in camera with his iphone. His back faced a wall of windows which provided perfect natural light.
for the next 10 days, will post a new CaptureOne Practice Edit…the short term goal is to see significant progress in working with this exciting program…
#7 – this is the first time I was able to effectively use layers, masks and the incredible CaptureOne Color Edit controls to even out the color on a few slightly browned areas of this magnificently colored Vanda (central image in this montage)…it took me some time to figure out how to achieve this.
Just love this program!
for the next 11 days, will post a new CaptureOne Practice Edit…the short term goal is to see significant progress in working with this exciting program…
#6 – yesterday was Member’s Day/Orchid Show 2020 at the New York Botanical Gardens. The show designer, Jeff Latham, installed a kaleidoscopic, reflective, structure at the main entrance. This was awesome! Can’t wait to go back when the crowds thin a bit, although no one bothered me sitting on the ground as close as I could get to the display:)
Kudos for CaptureOne again: color readouts, HDR adjustments recovered what appeared to be clipped highlights, and a tad of cropping, a pinch of sharpening and a smidge of structure gave this image extra pop. Just love this program!
The points on the Kapok tree are always on the agenda for every visit, and on occasion, don ‘t mind stepping back to get all the swirls of an orchid:)
for the next 12 days, will post a new CaptureOne Practice Edit…the short term goal is to see significant progress in working with this exciting program…
#5 – (above) layers allow significant in program control (in this case – masking, opacity, color balance & color edit adjustments). This version has much more even color in a small area of an unfurled petals of this beautiful rose in Peggy Rockefeller’s Rose Garden at The New York Botanical Gardens.
I needed to go into Photoshop to repair a very damaged petal on the lower right and in retrospect might leave it untouched in a future exercise.
I was unable to adjust the lower right damaged petal in Lightroom (directly above) and could not even out the color in the slightly unfurled petal in the middle left. As the days go by, I am becoming more comfortable and pleased with the superior results of working in CaptureOne.
for the next 13 days, will post a new CaptureOne Practice Edit…the short term goal is to see significant progress in working with this exciting program…
#4 – layers allow significant in program control (in this case – healing) and this version has significantly more even color in the blue petals of the orchid than a previous Lightroom edit. This CaptureOne edit matches my memory of the flower and hope to see something equally unique tomorrow when we visit the Orchid Show at The New York Botanical Gardens. Wait for this day every year!!!
for the next 14 days, will post a new CaptureOne Practice Edit…the short term goal is to see significant progress in working with this exciting program…
#3 – this tool is simply humbling, more so than an impolite critique and we’ve all been thru those:) and makes a case for also trying CO tether!
Macro focus is a challenge for me…my first photography professor looked at an image and “sorta sniffed” and whispered “depth of field”…so for years f11 just always felt right…it still does, although recently have been exploring the opposite. On one hand, it feels liberating to open up my aperture to the max and actually get a strand of focus in just the right spot.
So the Focus Mask display in CaptureOne is a fantastic reality check. And, it’s also important to keep in mind personal values in terms of style and experimentation.
…it seems that folks like the images in this group…only one is a orchid:)
All were photographed at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA during their Orchid Festival. It was our first visit there and a totally beautiful experience. For some reason, the way WordPress combines the images into a mosaic has a random, surprise, easy and effective result:)