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Peter Whitfield / 548 items
Cornus Kousa tree.

This is an in-camera ICM.

And I kind of want to ask what you think an out of camera ICM would look like.... but after the awe-inspiring response to the random interrogative musings of my last post I dare not ;-)

This is a picture of the red strawberry-like fruit on the Cornus tree in my back garden.

The capture is a combination of a zoom blur and a twirl-around-the-lens-axis ICM. Which sounds terribly complicated but wasn’t.

All I had to do was hold on to the zoom barrel and twist the camera, zooming and rotating at the same time. Because the camera was held more or less steady the results were more even than I normally achieve when dancing around the camera.

The only thing that remained was to point it at various parts of the tree at varying distances to see what worked. I chose the tree for ICMs because of the red/green contrast at this time of year. This was one of the better results - I quite like it because of the cobwebby look in the middle.

Do have a go yourself, if you’ve not tried this sort of thing. Zooms vary a bit in the way they work so your technique may be different but it’s a lot of fun.

Thank you for taking the time to look. I hope you enjoy the image, but without getting too dizzy :)

[Handheld in reasonably bright conditions.
Developed in DXO Photolab 2 increasing the contrast and vibrancy but reducing the saturation (a more subtle way of improving the colour). Reduced both Clarity (to minimum) and Microcontrast to smooth the swirls. Prime noise reduction.
Processed in Affinity Photo reducing Clarity further and then sharpening what was left using High Pass/Linear burn at very low settings. A bit of inpainting to get rid of a hair on the sensor (!).
Added a curves adjustment layer in LAB mode set to increase colour contrast, but all at reduced opacity; the idea was to increase the colour range a bit but not overdo it.
The main remaining problem was uneven brightness and vibrancy across the image, the top right corner being brighter and duller. So I added two adjustment layers both gently masked using gradients for Vibrancy and Brightness (perhaps that should be called Darkness :) ).
No vignette.]
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  • Taken: Oct 30, 2019
  • Uploaded: Oct 30, 2019
  • Updated: Dec 22, 2019