Jun 122011

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A red car, green leaves, and blue overcast light: RGB!

Peering through foliage to find a clear shot, the in-camera square format helped convey an impression of tapestry as I saw it.

But, the highly saturated complimentary colors created some nasty fringing around the edges of the leaves—challenge a lens/confuse the sensor. 😉 After trying several correction methods found online, I made up a solution for this particular image. In Photoshop:

  1. Select the red background, Invert to select the leaves, and Stroke > Outside with a pixel width to cover the fringe.
  2. Because the red changes in value from light-to-dark, top-to-bottom, create a selection from the stroke and fill with a gradient of light-to-dark red using the Eyedropper to sample hues.
  3. Add a Gaussian blur to further help blend, and;
  4. A little high-pass sharpening on the edges to finish.

This result isn’t quite print-ready, but with some refinement I think it could be. Getting it to print within gamut, however, is likely another thing altogether.

Panasonic DMC-FZ40; f4 @ 1/50 sec, ISO 400 (handheld);
Focal length: 45.6mm (299mm EFL)

  3 Responses to “Vivid”

  1. Magnifique, April ! It is so japanese… The red is. Its texture seems to be silk.
    Bravo for the PP ! Very smart. The end with this overcast day picture is so happy and amazing for a photographer: RGB.
    I enjoy the subtlety of the blues.

    It could be a beautiful dress or a tapestry, and not. Because there is a real depth of field in your picture.

    As it is a “contemplative photography”, we all can dream.

  2. I agree with Micheline. I’ve seen wrapping paper this vivid. The Japanese would call the a hadé type of beauty – loud, cheerful, in-your-face. As opposed to something like shibui, which celebrates the beauty of age.

  3. Thanks very much for your comments.

    I wasn’t familiar with the term “hadé”—I like it! 🙂

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