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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Written by Bren (Ryan-Photography)

Bren Ryan is a female amateur photographer and blogger who along with her husband, Ashley, have created a photography blog called Ryan Photography which showcases the places they've visited on their photography journey. Bren and Ashley primarily concentrate their photographic skills on landscape, architecture and floral subjects. Based in the South East of England they hope to give their readers an insight into the wonderful and beautiful landscapes, buildings and places that the South of England has to offer.

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