View Full Version : Crop and edit this picture #4

16th April 2009, 09:59 PM
I took this picture when we went to Exbury but haven't been able to crop or edit it to look the way I wanted, so I thought it would be a useful one to offer as a "crop and edit" for you to play with.

I have cloned out a few brown marks from the petals, I think caused by either frost, insect or rain damage.

It's been resized and slightly sharpened for upload.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/733/rhododendron_flower_P3292417.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/14374)

17th April 2009, 09:25 AM
I wouldn't crop, but tried to bring out some of the underlying structure of this image, and brighten it a little:
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/flars.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/14384)
edit: or this one:
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/flars2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/14385)

17th April 2009, 06:48 PM
There's are a few ways to do a photo like this.

Abstract/arty - as illustrated by Keith.
Super crop - depends on the original quality etc, croping in tight on central stamens might work.
Real - possibly like my quickie below. I chose to address 2 problems: focusing view on the main flower/creating a clear point of interest, and the dark areas at the top. I used a combination of lightening, vignette, localised lightening and targeted blurring.


Hope it helps :)

17th April 2009, 10:42 PM
I had a go at this. I did apply a crop - I think the other yellow stamens (?) are competing for attention, so they go, and the main flower is now approx on a third, with parts of the other flowers providing a supporting echo of the main flower.

So crop, colour balance, lighten, and some local contrats adjustments. There are some bright halos which I would spot out/darken if I gave it more time.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/medium/rhododendron_flower_P3292417_crop_high_pwp_curve.j pg

18th April 2009, 07:37 AM
Heres my take on it, and apart from the treatment I gave it, in my view simply flipping the image makes it compositionaly stronger.


18th April 2009, 09:58 PM
Hi Ellie

I've had a wee play around with the image too.


I've cropped it slightly differently, adjusted the levels in photoshop, brightened a tiny but and unsharp masked.

Sus :)

20th April 2009, 10:11 PM
I think you've all found the same sort of problem as I had, that the stamens were a bit of a nuisance.

Lovely ideas and loads of efforts, thank you for joining in. It's interesting to see how the different treatments make the flower look brighter/softer/more detailed etc. It shows that editing isn't an "exact" science ;)

Makonde (Paul?) What did you do to get the two different effects?

Susan - you've made it look really soft and delicate

Paul_S - it looks completely different upside down, I'd never have thought of doing that

mlc - You've made the flower look really bright and sparkly, very fresh and new

Emirprime - you've brought out more detail, and shown the shadows too.

Anybody else want to mess around with the picture?

24th April 2009, 01:01 PM
I cannot agree that the flipped version is stronger conpositionally. It just doesn't look right to me. Of all the versions I consider that Mark's is the strongest one.

24th April 2009, 01:28 PM
My effort:
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/challenge1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/14570)

Cropped, played with white balance, contrast, clarity, local contrast, tonal contrast, vibrance & saturation some doging and burning and probably didn't really end up with any improvement at the end of it all :o

25th April 2009, 01:58 PM
I think paule's effort has made it a very intresting photo to look at, and the colours pop up out more, well done !