Monday, February 2, 2009

Maas Greenhouse

Even though our winters in Houston are mild (OK, very mild!) some plants still require a little tender loving care to survive through the season. For plants at Maas Nursery in Seabrook that TLC is found in the temperature controlled greenhouse.

Title: "Maas Greenhouse"

Camera / Lens: Canon 40D / Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 zoom
Post-processing: Photomatix HDR from three handheld exposures (-2, 0, +2) > Photoshop CS3 > Curves Adjustment Layer for overall contrast enhancement > Merge Visible to New Layer > Topaz Adjust plugin "Spicify" preset > Duplicate Layer > High Pass Sharpening > Curves Adjustment Layer #2 for overall contrast enhancement > Black and White Adjustment Level to convert to B&W at 41% opacity with a mask to limit the effect to the left and top of image > Merge Visible to New Layer > Distort Lens Correction Vignette


Larry said...

I like the top portion of this one better than the bottom. The blue half vs. the green half and the textures are more interesting than the plants in the foreground. I think a top crop, maybe even a pano, might be an improvement.

Larry J. Patrick said...

I am not really sure what the subject matter is in this photograph. Larry may be onto something--a crop may make the subject be more prominent.

Barry Armer said...

Thanks Larry and Patrick!

Next time I go back to Maas I'll probably reshoot this as a wide angle landscape. The greenhouse is a lot larger than I made it look with this composition and, as you guys are pointing out, I made it less interesting by trying to make the plants the main idea of the shot.

Thanks for the feedback!