Beautiful in White – Flower


White flower

Last year we visited Quex Gardens near Birchington in Kent… and I took this picture of a white flower that was planted within the walled gardens.

Taken by Bren Ryan

The exposure was all wrong and it was far too bright and I didn’t like the green leaves in the right-hand corner. So today I wondered if I could correct this in Lightroom… First of all I altered the exposure to make the image darker, increased the clarity and opened up the shadows and took down the highlights. I then cropped the picture..

One of the leaves had a blemish in it, so by using the ‘Spot Removal Tool’ and the clone setting I fixed the petal by using one of the petals below. I added a ‘Radial Filter’, and played around with the contrast, clarity and exposure sliders.. I then duplicated it a couple of times and slightly moved the centre of the radial filter.

The using the ‘Local Adjustment Brush’ I added some slight brush strokes in the centre of the flower to increase the clarity slightly. Once I did that I then sent the photograph to Photoshop, where I used the ‘Patch Tool’ and the ‘Content Aware’ setting and removed the green leaves in the right-hand corner. Once I did that I then sent the photograph back to Lightroom, where I added a vignette and another radial filter to the centre of the flower. There were a couple of little spots I didn’t like on the flower so again using the ‘Spot Removal Tool’ and the Heal setting I removed those blemishes. I then added some sharpening using the ‘Detail Panel’ and masked the areas where I wanted the sharpening to be.. I then did noise reduction and hey-presto I got an image that I quite liked. I didn’t think that I would be able to achieve this due to how exposed the original photo was.

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