Desert flower (image added)

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  1. Ben Egbert

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    A by Ben Egbert posted Jun 12, 2019 at 11:43 AM[/GALLERY]Jim and I noticed lots of these purple flowers along the road from Skyline to Factory Butte. But we were enticed to stay at Skyline for the great conditions with the exception of one morning when we drove to Factory Butte, but opted for the yellow flowers that day. (shown earlier)

    While there I got a few landscape type image which I will show later at the landscape forum. But I saw a possibility for a strictly flower shot. These are not large flowers, maybe 14 inches high, but I found one that was both tall and fairly isolated and laid on my side and pointed up so it had the sky for a background.

    I considered cloning out the one oof flower but decided to leave it. Like your opinion. It's not an easy clone.

    cc appreciated.

    Here is a new edit that worked on the lower right blur. As Jim noted, it was not easy. I made it bluer and then gave it a content aware fill.

     
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    Even in direct sunlight, this is well illuminated. The OOF bloom doesn't bother me. You could remove the lower right blur. The sky provided a very pretty blue backdrop. Nice, Ben.
     
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    I like the point of view that puts great light on the flowers and isolates the bloom with a complementary blue sky. Jeffrey's crop idea sounds good to me.
     
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    Hey Ben,

    I like this a lot! I think the OOF flowers help the photo actually. They help to give this depth. If they weren't there with the background being the blue sky one might think this was a composite, so I like that OOF flower.

    Looking at this some more, I think I like Jeffrey's idea of cloning or Auto Filling the lower right corner is a good one. I would not crop to get rid of it as I like the balance of the scene. Removing that extreme OOF in the lower right might not be that easy though. One thing I have found with those is that the OOF is so extreme with such a large area of gradiation of color from green to blue, it can be hard to get a clean removal.
     
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    Thanks guys, I will see what I can do with that blur.
     
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    beautifully photographed and most worthy of your efforts to isolate the blooms against the blue sky
     
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    Very nice
     
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    Great idea on this nice Phacelia, Ben. It would actually be petty easy to clone out the blurred flowers. Use the quick selection tool to select the out of focus area. The stems and leaves are nice and sharp so the tool would snap to the sharp boundary. Then just clone in the blue sky.

    I did this in just a few minutes. Here is the result.
    Now you can decide what you like the best.

    phacelia by ben.jpg



     
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    Another nice job, Ben. Actually, the out of focus flowers would be easy to clone out. Just use the quick selection tool to select the out of focus flowers. The stems and leaves are so sharp that the selection boundary will snap right to those sharp edges. Then just select the sky with the clone tool and voila you are rid of the OOF stuff. Here is my result after just a few minutes. Now you can decide which you like better.

    phacelia by ben.jpg
     
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    Thanks Douglas, nice edit. I tried this earlier and always got a color gradient. You must know a selection trick.
     
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    compliments to you and Doug
     
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