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Featured in the Digital Interface Group on 16.11.2010.
Featured in the Natures Mortes/still life with mirrors or not! Group on 20.11.2010.
Featured in the Before and After Group on 29.11.2010; and I was chosen as a Featured Member in in this Group, too, for the week.
Featured in Roses Grow on You on 05.12.2013.
Roses are my passion!
Just as I started taking these shots, Misty hopped up on the table to see what I was doing. And, she stayed there! I’ve long wanted to do a shot like this one, so I was thrilled. Unfortunately, the apperture ring of my camera had somehow been moved and I didn’t discover it until I downloaded the pics onto my PC – this is the original pic:
Click on the pic to go to the original – it’s quite blurry and I was very disappointed as these pics came up exactly as I wanted them . . . except for the blur!
I opened the original in Photoshop, duplicated the base layer and used Smart Sharpen (125% at 5 pixels) to make it a little sharper. I used the Curves to darken the background back to black.
I then used another of my photos as a texture layer. I used a Layer Mask to remove the texture from Misty and followed that by reducing the Opacity to 25%.
I duplicated the texture layer – this has the effect of darkening the image a little – and again reduced it’s opacity, this time to 10%.
Finally, I used Noise, Dust and Scratches, 5 pixels and 125 levels; this added a little more sharpening to the overall image.
The original image was shot in RAW on a Pentax K100D, with a Sigma 28 – 80 mm zoom lens. Shot using controlled natural light, in late morning/early afternoon. The backdrop is a piece of black calico cloth draped over a 6’ high mobile clothes hanger and then spread across my kitchen table.
The names of the roses are, left to right:
Copper Gem (apricot), centre, Icegirl (small white); and, right, Our Vanilla (cream).
Thanks for looking, I hope you like what I’ve done to the original.