My Morning Walk

May 3rd, 2012 by Denise Ippolito


Image © 2012/Denise Ippolito Photography
Tulip ~ Canon 5D Mark III, 100mm Macro lens

I passed by a local Real Estate office to admire their beautiful garden bed filled with a variety of tulips and thought I would create a few images. In processing I toned down the bright red tulip behind the left petal with the clone tool set to approx 30% opacity. This is very easy to do using a simple layer and mask:

Bring your image into Photoshop and then create a duplicate layer by hitting Control J or Cmd J for MAC. It will show up as Layer 1.
You can now clone as you normally would using the Clone Stamp Tool without worrying that you will clone on your subject because if you do you can easily clean it up with a layer mask. To do so add a regular layer mask to Layer 1. The Layer Mask should be filled with white. Now select a soft brush so that it feathers the paint slightly. Make sure that the foreground (the top color square- which is the color you will be painting with) is set to black. Touch up as needed. Note you can paint with white if you revealed too much from the bottom layer.



Image © 2012/Denise Ippolito Photography
Tulip ~ Canon 5D Mark III, 100mm Macro lens

White and Pink Tulip

Image © 2012/Denise Ippolito Photography
Pink & White Tulip ~ Canon 5D Mark III, 100mm Macro lens, 4 image in-camera multiple exposure

The above image is a 4 image multiple exposure that I created in-camera with the new feature on my 5D Mark III. I love this new feature and have been experimenting with it a lot. I decided to create a softer look by overlapping the images instead of rotating my camera I just slightly moved it. I really liked the soft flow of the lines. This is full frame with just some contrast, clarity and saturation. I adjusted the color with Nik Color Efex 4, White Neutralizer Filter (use code BAA to save 15%)

Red, White and Blue

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American Flag ~ Canon 5D Mark III, 100mm Macro lens, 4 image in-camera multiple exposure
I really liked the way the American Flag image above came out. I did a slight crop and added some contrast to the original.

The very top feature image is of a bunch of Forget-me-nots that I have planted along my rock wall. I have always liked the blue color of those tiny little flower bunches. I used the multiple exposure feature to create the image.


______________________________________________________________ denise ippolito


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One Response to “My Morning Walk”

  1. Mary Stamper says:

    Nice job! Looks like we’re on the same page again, Denise. I’ve been doing tulips these last few weeks too. They are just SO photogenic!

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