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This was shot using all natural light (it was in the shade on a very sunny day) and the camera was handheld with a 50mm lens. This plant caught my attention as I walked the canals of Venice, California — it was along the sidewalk behind the houses. The pattern was so very strong, and the colors so deep that I couldn’t pass it up. The water droplets on the plant were just icing on the cake.
- Unprocessed RAW
Straight out of the camera — untouched.
- Processed RAW
I did a few basic adjustments to get the white balance correct and to bring up the contrast and saturation. Nothing very extreme though.
- Dodge & Burn
Here, I used non-destructive dodging and burning techniques to really make the contrast stand out where I wanted it.
- LAB Saturation
Using the technique I outlined previously for boosting saturation via LAB color mode, I strengthened the greens that are so inherently present.
- High Pass Sharpen
I used a very subtle sharpening by running the high pass filter and setting the blend to overlay at 50% opacity.
As you can see, lots of little changes really add up from start to finish.