Noticed frost on the leaves on our cedar bark this morning. I do not take a lot of these kinds of photographs, but I always appreciate seeing them in the feed. As usual with my color work, I struggle trying not to oversaturate the image, and sometimes in the process, go too far in the other direction. But I feel by looking at the piece of frost-free bark in the upper part of the photo, it feels like the saturation is fine (the bark is rather bright in real life).
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Oh this is striking. I love frosty stuff like this so I couldn’t help but bring it into Photoshop for some tweaking -
First a big crop. All the attention should be on those central leaves so I eliminated everything else. Then I did a color cast adjustment because while the bark might have been that red, I found it didn’t suit the subject so toned it down. I also used a color mask for the aqua blue and brought down the saturation almost 100%. Then I put that into a stamped visible layer for some healing/cloning at the edges and painted some color on a bit of bark on the top. Last I balanced the saturation with two masks in the TK8 panel - one to tone down the most saturated bits and the other to bump up the least saturated. Hope you like it since it is truly a lovely shot that has so many ways it can be worked.
Very lovely capture. I like the color palette here and always love frosted leaves. I agree with Kristen’s suggestion about the crop. As it is, the photo seems a little cluttered. You really want the eye on the gorgeous cluster of leaves in the center.
@_Kris and thank you for taking the time to fiddle with the image. I agree with your crop, but the colors feel a little bit washed out for my taste.
I went out this morning and used a tripod this time to try and get a sharper image. I also got closer so as to highlight the leaves in the middle. I had Kris’ adjustments in my mind as I worked on the colors, etc. In the end, I think this looks about where I envisioned this image in my head.
I love the rework on this one. How cool is that when you get to go back out a second day and get the same scene with revisions in mind? I love those 3-4 central leaves. I might dodge that dark hole in the URC. This is so well seen.
This is a striking composition and the frosted leaves and bark make for a great subject. While I like the crop and the toning down of the brightness, I still feel like something is amiss. I feel the color balance is just off. I think there is too much blue in the scene, and it lashing with the reds. Have you tried to warm it up just a bit?