Week 20: Japanese edit

japanese anemone before after.jpg

I'm calling slightly unrealistic yet eyecatching colour edit a "Japanese edit", A) because this is a Japanese anemone, and B) because the place I've seen it most is on gorgeous Japanese flower accounts on Instagram.

This is the image straight out of camera:

XT1, Lensbaby Velvet (56mm), ISO200, f4, 1/1000 sec

XT1, Lensbaby Velvet (56mm), ISO200, f4, 1/1000 sec

Step 1: fix the brightness and contrast, and clone out the yellow spot in the background in the Develop module in Lightroom:

Tone Curve: Highlights +8, Lights +1, Darks +100, Shadows +25 Whites: +12 Presence: Vibrance +48 Saturation: Yellow -21, Green -1 Clone tool to soften the yellow out of focus area bottom left

Tone Curve: Highlights +8, Lights +1, Darks +100, Shadows +25

Whites: +12

Presence: Vibrance +48

Saturation: Yellow -21, Green -1

Clone tool to soften the yellow out of focus area bottom left

Step 2: the colour washes. This is the magic part. Use the rectangular graduated filter in Lightroom to paint on a slightly blue-purple gradient from the top down, and a blue-green gradient from the bottom up. Use the Temperature/Tint sliders to change the colour wash:

graduated filter lightroom colour wash.jpg

And if you want to add a bit of Japanese hashtaggery to your photos on Instagram, here are a few floral phrases in Japanese:

花 flower or floral
ファインダー越しの私の世界 my world through the viewfinder
写真で伝えたい私の世界 my world told through the photo
ドリーミーフォト dreamy photos
花の写真 flower photography or pictures
ハイキー high key
オールドレンズ old lens (effect)
アネモネ anemone
菊 chrysanthemum
コスモス cosmos
ダリア dahlia
牡丹 peony
バラ rose
ヒマワリ sunflower
チューリップ tulip
園 garden
秋 autumn
春 spring
夏 summer
冬 winter

Cut and paste these - they are the first 6 from the list:

#花 #ファインダー越しの私の世界 #写真で伝えたい私の世界 #ドリーミーフォト #花の写真 #ハイキー #オールドレンズ


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