Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania (PA), USA

Photography Workflow: Lovers

Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania (PA), USA

Sometimes, photos that seem incredibly simple at first glance are actually more complicated than you’d think. This shot of tiny flowers looks like a quick shot with a macro lens… but in reality, it posed quite a challenge.

  • Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania (PA), USA

    For Clean Background

  • Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania (PA), USA

    For Sharp Subjects

  • Bending Mask

I encountered the first challenge in the field. These tiny moss flowers were growing on an old log in the forest, and I had a hard time isolating them from their surroundings – even with the help of a narrow depth of field. A very shallow DOF sacrificed too much sharpness on the flowers themselves… but too much DOF left the background full of distracting details. So, I decided to take both shots and combine them later in Photoshop. I used layers and masks to blend the two photos.

  • Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania (PA), USA

    Color Balanced for Highlights

  • Color Balance Mask

    Photoshop Layer Structure

Then came the next challenge. The highlights contained a subtle blue color cast. I went back to Camera RAW and reprocessed one of the photos using a slightly different color balance – and then added that version of the photo to my layers. I used a mask to replace the highlight areas and fix the color cast.

Clone Layer

This left me with one final challenge – eliminating a few distracting elements in the background. I copied and merged my layers to create a new layer. I used the clone tool to clean up the distractions, and then I cropped the image to my liking.

About Author Jay Patel

I could startoff like this – “Seeds of Jay Patel’s appreciation for beautiful places were planted early in his childhood….” but it would get boring really fast. I will just sum it up and say that I am a Landscape and Wilderness Photographer who loves to capture dramatic light. My photographs have been published in various magazines, calendars and advertising materials throughout the world.

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