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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.
WEEK 1 = CLEAR
The February Challenge is all about color – you pick a color each week and document those colors. So my first color will be my favorite color… clear. It’s a great color because it takes on the color from the things around it. So it’s every color and no color all at the same time!
Now I realize that many of you may think that clear is not a color, but ask yourself this… what color are your windows? What color are your glass dishes? What color is water (assuming it’s clean)? How about diamonds? My wife hates the fact that I insist clear be my favorite color, so this week is dedicated to her.
This particular image is an abstract of a CLEAR glass candy dish lid positioned on top of a purple DVD-R with an orange background (a shirt). The DVD served to reflect some nice rainbow colors that you can see in the refraction of the CLEAR glass.
So is anybody else joining in with the February Challenge?