After I took my photos for the “Pumpkin World” I thought I should take a closeup of one pumpkin to create the look of “A Forest of Pumpkins.”

 

SOOC

(Straight Out Of Camera)

 

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EXIF:

Nikon D810
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8
f/2.8
70mm
64 ISO
1/1000s, 1/4000s, 1/250s

(3 exposures bracketed 2 stops)

 

Lightroomed

 

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  • Merged 3 files into one DNG file

 

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  • Added two graduated filters for the top and bottom
  • Painted out the stem

 

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  • Raised exposure, shadows and whites
  • Lowered highlights and blacks

 

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  • Raised the clarity, vibrance and saturation

 

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  • Added a medium contrast tone curve

 

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  • Added sharpening with masking

 

Final Thoughts

Well, I tried for a while to make this more interesting in Photoshop, but I couldn’t pull off any cool effect that looked real enough to fit in with my particular style of “is this Photoshopped or real? ” kinda vibe…

 

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I probably could have done a better job if I spent more time on it, but it is 11PM on Halloween night, so I may have missed the boat on spooky carved gourds…