Red Tree Blooms

I’ve shown this photo before in an earlier post titled “Indoor Macro Photography Project For Rainy Days.” In that post, I walk through the method I used to capture this particular photo. The reason I took this photo was because it was small, I liked the color, and I thought the little curly-bobs would make for a neat photo.

Photoshop process for the Red Tree Blooms photo

The JPEG (1) was pretty off in white balance (too cool), so I warmed it up and brought up the saturation by processing the RAW file (2). There was some extra subject matter in the frame, so I cleaned it up with some cloning (3). I applied a curves adjustment layer (4) to bring the highlights up and the shadows down ever so slightly. Now for the fun part. I used the “Stamp Visible” command (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E) to make a copy of the visible output into it’s own new layer. Then I took that layer and copied it again. The one on the bottom got a Gaussian blur (5) applied to it at maybe 10 to 15 pixels — I forgot exactly what I did. Then I changed the blend mode (6) of the one on top to “Overlay” at 100% opacity and 67% fill.

The last two steps did two things: increased contrast/color, and added a soft glow while maintaining sharpness of the bigger features. You can get some pretty interesting results when you start playing around with blurs and blends.

Red Tree Blooms

** You can also see this photo on Zooomr and Flickr **

Photo by Brian Auer
04/01/07 Flemington, NJ
Red Tree Blooms
Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
Sigma MACRO 105mm f/2.8 EX DG
Kenko 25mm Extension Tube
158mm equiv * f/32 * 30s * 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.

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