Black Sheep of the Tulips
This is another shot taken in the famous Keukenhof Gardens of Holland, the largest in Europe. I spotted this and noticed the black tulips were standing quite a bit taller than the others giving a good opportunity to make them stand out. The shot was taken at f6.3 for a narrower depth of field.
This shot was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 28-80 zoom. 3 raw images were taken at 2EV spacing for HDR. However there was too much movement between the images so I created 2 extra images from the original RAW OEV file for the over and under files
The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix detail enhancer setting with adjustments made manually to a preset to get the right look..
The just released Topaz Clarity Plugin was used to bring in a more detail. A layer mask was used to apply the effect only to the area of the main Tulip on the right to bring this out from the background. This was in addition to the use of an f6.3 aperture for a narrow depth of field when taking the picture.
Vibrance was increased slightly by 38 points.
A little brightening was applied.
The image was cropped to bring the main Tulip closer and on a third
Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.
Duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and a little sharpening.
Second duplicate layer with mask to apply extra sharpening and contrast with low amount and high radius using Unsharp mask (Clarity Effect) The settings were 40 amount and 40 radius. A layer mask was again used to apply the effect only to the main Tulip
BEFORE AND AFTER
Below are the Before and After images. First the original. Then the tonemapped image and then the final result.
Original at 0EV
For licence see Black Sheep of the Tulips
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