First favorite flower – Paphiopedilums

sunnyStarting to enjoy working with CaptureOne and can’t wait to do the daily edit:

1. rather intense & subjective color edit of hue & saturation for greens & yellows
2. brought up the shadows & blacks with a modest amount of healing on a layer
3. love luma curve to bring down the hotspots – subtle mask
4. dodged shadows from nikon macro twin flash -subtle mask
5. adjusted program settings of the FOCUS MASK so it was a tad more “generous”. The lip and central column are not on the same plane, so it is necessary to stop down because I prefer both parts, if framed in camera, to be in focus.

The CaptureOne controls are very responsive. Love working with this program…it took me about 7 weeks to start feeling comfortable:)

This paph was in pretty bad shape with brown aging spots around the edges (left only a few to hint at the integrity of this specimen) and tons of microscopic debris which I really dislike…so a roundtrip to to Photoshop was required.
This took tons of work at 200% magnification.

Then, took a shortcut and ran a hi pass PS filter to sharpen up only my favorite parts of the blossom and put another dodge layer to even out the flash shadows a bit more…next visit will adjust the powers setting and try some extra diffusion.

This is the original .nef file w/o any adjustment…can’t believe I have the courage to post this:

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Practice may not make perfect…hopefully it makes better:)

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First things first…for years I thought this was an orchid although my florist sense saw it as an iris…coincidentally it appears during the Orchid Shows…the plant info folks at the New York Botanical Gardens cleared that up for me lickety split….

and then, attempting to stay on track with my goal to learn how to use CaptureOne…this edit was done start to finish within the program…I was able to use a luma curve adjustment layer to achieve the tonal range in the blue. Having had a chance to peek behind the scenes of recent CaptureOne edits by the awesome Douglas Duber, I was able to sharpen a few areas and easily edit the colors to approach those I wished/remembered, and thus, add more drama and contrast. The controls in this program are very subtle yet powerful. Working with masks is starting to feel comfortable!

However, I am still having a few challenges with the healing adjustments and realize for the short term I may still have to roundtrip to PS to cleanup a few spots. For the sake of transparency…the spots are still here:)

Plan to go back next week and hope it’s still there…

Day 11 – CaptureOne practice

 

Editing colors is fun and easy in CaptureOne…continually amazed by this program..the readouts are a lifesaver in terms of controlling the tonal range and preparing for a color managed print workflow.

The surface of this Paphiopedelum (far right) is very reflective and very dimensional so it’s always a balance between focus, exposure and need to use natural light. CaptureOne HDR controls are incredibly effective and sensitive. However, the surface of the orchid had many blemishes which required tons of touch up so it made sense to switch to PS for the final edits.

Each flower requires a different approach:)

day 9 ….CaptureOne practice

8 days to go – this image was also very challenging…

There is also much to edit and was also able to adjust the exposure, HDR and alter a specific color range, & add a heal layer for the first touch up In CaptureOne. I attempted to edit the LUMA RANGE to tone down the hot spots although need tons more practice to feel comfortable with this technique. I switched over to PS for some advanced touch up on the hot spots which typically result from high reflectivity of the surface of the Paphiopedilum even without flash.

Will work on location again and see what results…

day 7 – CaptureOne practice

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!

day 3 – practice CaptureOne…

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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.