Since getting back from Alaska, I have been taking some time to edit the over 20,000 images I took. It is a HUGE task, so I decided to take a creative break and experiment with some non-nature and non-wildlife images.
As you recall, I was testing out the Panasonic G9 mirrorless body and several Leica lenses. Panasonic had loaned me the body and several lenses, including the 45mm macro (equivalent to 90mm on a full frame sensor) to test. I find colorful glassware is a great subject for macro and abstracts, and that was the subject for this shot. It is a small glass bowl from a museum gift shop.
Here is the original RAW image uncropped. When I took this shot I was just getting the feel of the macro lens and was not concerned about composition.
The steps in Lightroom were simple. Here is what I did, after cropping:
1. reduced Clarity to minus 60 to create a softer look;
2. boosted Vibrance to +100 (I rarely go this far with either Vibrance or Saturation, but when creating an artistic image, going a bit overboard is OK);
3. in the HSL box, increased the Saturation of blue, yellow, and orange;
4. used the Graduated Filter tool to darken the lower right and entire left side;
5. used the Luminance slider to reduce noise.
Because of the extreme crop, the reduced Clarity, and the boosted colors, the entire image took on a somewhat surreal look which is the artsy look I was hoping for. No filters or other software was used.
So now I can go back to the tedious task of editing!
1/100 sec. at f/2.8, ISO 1600. Panasonic G9 body with Leica 45mm f/2.8 macro lens. Handheld.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." --Ralph Waldo Emerson