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I didn’t think I’d get an image in for this week, but today has been a beautiful, if a bit cold, frosty day and I managed to get a few shots in our back garden. I was working handheld to start with, but when I looked at the images on the computer, I soon realised that I would have to go and fetch the tripod out. At least this gave me the chance to use my 10x close-up filter, so I could get further into the shot and create a sort of macro.
Here is the original. At first I thought I wouldn’t change it at all, but after looking at it a while, decided that it wasn’t really the image I was after and it has quite a bit of fringing around the bud, which you often get with close-up lenses.
In Lightroom, I decreased the temperature, vibrance and saturation and increased the clarity and contrast. I experimented with black and white, but it didn’t really work at all. When I had the “look” I wanted, I realised that there was a fair amount of fringing around the edge of the leaf bud, I had a bit of an explore about Lightroom and sure enough, there is a tool for removing chromatic aberration. Lightroom, the Swiss Army Knife of editing programmes! Chromatic aberration (or fringing) occurs when a lens is unable to bring all the wavelengths of colour to the same focus on a focal plane. It happens to a certain extent with most lens, but especially with the cheaper lenses. My 10x close up filter probably didn’t stand a chance! It can be easily removed in programmes such as Lightroom under the lens correction tools.
After this I added the good old post crop vignette and got my final image. I still like the original, there is nothing really wrong with it, but I prefer the edited version in the sense that to me, it is has more about it, more atmosphere.
Thank you for reading so far, here is the final image (finally!)