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Jan Clarke

Joined January 2010

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20.01.2016: 1,63 views.

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.

Placed in the Top Ten of the Challenge in Roses Grow on You.

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.

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