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p.1 #1 · Is this too much processing?


Hello, I took this of the amaryllis that my wife got.

Is it too much processing?

I used camera raw with these adjustments:
White Balance: Daylight
Exposure: -.55
Recovery: 0
Blacks: 5
Brightness: 50
Contrast: 25
Clarity: 30
Vibrance: 0
Saturation: 3

Then I did an Unsharp mask of 30,60,0

What is your opinion?

Here is the raw file: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/90191525/2013-01-06_1DS35489_EOS-1Ds%20Mark%20III_400_70_11_1.cr2





  Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III    70mm    f/11.0    1s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jan 06, 2013 at 10:33 PM
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p.1 #2 · Is this too much processing?






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Jan 06, 2013 at 11:45 PM
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p.1 #3 · Is this too much processing?


The reds a blown, destroying lots of detail.


Jan 06, 2013 at 11:49 PM
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p.1 #4 · Is this too much processing?


With that much red, it is a real challenge for web display in the sRGB colorspace. Here is my shot. I took took the background all the way to black. I think it creates a more dramatic image and allows for more focus on the flower.

ACR settings were as follows:
Color temp: 5600 (I assumed something close to flash/daylight)
Color tint: +5
Exposure: -2.15 (so the red channel doesn't clip and lose detail)
Contrast: 0
Highlights: +13
Shadows: +3
Whites +17
Blacks: -37
Clarity: +17
Vibrance: +23
Saturation: 0
Luminance NR: 15
Color NR: 25
I did the sharpening in Photoshop with Focus Magic but you could use ACR. I doubt if you would see much difference. I also recovered shadows very slightly with the shadows/highlights tool in PS but I could have done that in ACR as well.
I used Camera Neutral for the Camera Profile in ACR. I find that usually does a pretty good job, particularly for high-sat images when a custom profile is not available.

You could make it less or more dramatic if you wanted. The important thing is to keep your eye on the red channel for clipping.

Hope that gives your some ideas.











Jan 06, 2013 at 11:58 PM
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p.1 #5 · Is this too much processing?


Yeah, with the reds blown like that, you can't see much at all. Here's another version.








Jan 07, 2013 at 12:20 AM
 

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p.1 #6 · Is this too much processing?


Here's another try. Watching the reds of course.



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Jan 07, 2013 at 12:43 AM
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p.1 #7 · Is this too much processing?


Thank guys for your suggestions. I definitely see your point about the reds being over-blown.

All three of your attempts look better than mine.




Jan 07, 2013 at 12:46 AM
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p.1 #8 · Is this too much processing?


Eyeball, thanks for giving us some details - I am impressed with the results, you even got the yellow of the stamen! One question though: where do I find the Luminance NR 15 and Color NR 25 in ACR?

Best, Bee



Jan 07, 2013 at 12:56 AM
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p.1 #9 · Is this too much processing?


beebibi wrote:
Eyeball, thanks for giving us some details - I am impressed with the results, you even got the yellow of the stamen! One question though: where do I find the Luminance NR 15 and Color NR 25 in ACR?

Best, Bee


Thanks. The noise reduction sliders are on the Detail tab of ACR. Really, this image had very little noise, particularly with the clipping of the background. It might work just as well with no NR.









Jan 07, 2013 at 01:23 AM
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p.1 #10 · Is this too much processing?


Oh, dear...NR = Noise reduction - yes, I am quite familiar with NR Thanks for your patience....

Best, Bee



Jan 07, 2013 at 01:42 AM





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