Purple Hyacinth

Here’s another flower from my backyard: a purple hyacinth (somebody correct me if I’m wrong). I just got out and shot by hand because it’s a short plant — so I got on my stomach and rested my hands on the ground. Once again, we’re overcast today so no harsh shadows. With spring coming so quickly, I wanted to get some shots of these flowers before they opened up all the way. I took most of my shots with a fairly wide aperture because I wanted to try for a blurred shot that was a little more abstract. Plus it wasn’t that light out and I didn’t have much of a choice.

Purple Hyacinth

I did my basic editing in Adobe Camera RAW to get the exposures and colors pretty close. Then I applied a curves adjustment layer to the entire image (no mask) to brighten it up a little bit. Then I created two duplicate layers of the merged image. The first layer (2nd down on the stack) I blurred using a Gaussian blur at 25 pixels to completely soften the image. Then I blended the 2nd duplicate layer (top of the stack) using a Lighten blend at 70% opacity. This helped to lighten up some of the darker spots and give the rest of the image a bit of a glow. That’s it, no sharpening on this photo!

I was trying to get the Michael Brown look in this photo, but I don’t think I completely succeeded. He’s too darn good at this macro stuff, check out his blog if you haven’t seen his work yet — the guy is truly an artist.

Purple Hyacinth

Photo by Brian Auer
04/06/07 Flemington, NJ
Purple Hyacinth
Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
Sigma MACRO 105mm f/2.8 EX DG
158mm equiv * f/3.5 * 1/45s * ISO100

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About Brian Auer

a photography enthusiast from North Idaho. He's also the guy behind the Epic Edits Weblog. As a hobbyist photographer since 2003, his passion has been to constantly improve his photography skill set, to share his own knowledge with others, and to become an integral part of the photographic community.

2 thoughts on “Purple Hyacinth

  1. Brian Auer Post author

    Thanks Michael, I was wondering if you’d be popping by. I’ll keep practicing. I’m glad you’re drawn to the 3rd and 4th images rather than the 1st and 2nd. The set of images side by side shows each step in my editing process, so the 1st one is straight out of ACR and the 4th one is the final image. It’s not as obvious (the editing steps) with this one as some of the others — this photo didn’t require a lot of editing.

    By the way, that shot on your site today was absolutely great!

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