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Juniper Berries

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 6 November 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The fossil cliffs are in the background. This was taken on the trail up to the amphitheater.

MY WORKFLOW - I download my memory card to Bridge CS4 (everything goes to an external HD). The reason for this is that I can easily go through my images at full screen mode; this helps greatly for the initial edit. Then I import the files that reman into Lightroom. Most of my editing is done in LR, a truly photographer-centric program. I do almost all of my editing on Virtual Copies. Sometimes I will have 2 or 3 or more Virtual Copies of the same dng file. One may have color work; another B&W; different crops, etc. If I want to make certain that I don't lose the work done on a particular Virtual Copy, I will synchronize that work to the original dng file. Whatever is on the dng file is automatically on my External HD where my files are stored. What is on a Virtual Copy is nothing but information and is in the LR catalog, but if that catalog gets screwed up, it is gone forever. If the catalog gets screwed up, what is on the dng file is still there on the External HD. Next, some files are sent with the LR edits over to Photoshop. Even though LR houses most of my 3rd party plug-ins, if I use those plug-ins in PS, I can change the opacity, apply blend modes and use masks (none of which can be done in LR). My spot healing and cloning is done in PS for two reasons; PS has far superior zooming in addition to doing those functions better than does LR. On a rare occasion, I use PS's Adjustment Panels. I almost never use PS to do things such as replace skies, add textures, etc. That is not my style of photography. If I am in PS, I will do my final sharpening there with Nik's Sharperner. When finished, I save my work back to LR. Almost all of my printing is done in LR. I realize that it doesn't have softproofing, but I don't care. Rarely is a perfect match between the computer screen and the print important to me.

NIKON D700 1/160 second F/10.0 ISO 200 80 mm (35mm equiv.)

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I love the DoF here- but the golden light is what really makes this wonderful! This is a great series!

6 Nov 2009 5:10am

@Tracy: Thanks, Tracy.

Yvon from Orleans, France

terrefic capture Jack

6 Nov 2009 6:17am

@Yvon: Merci.

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland


6 Nov 2009 6:33am

@Sof: Merci.

Seraphine from San Francisco, United States

beautiful. i love how those smell.

6 Nov 2009 6:34am

@Seraphine: Thanks. Yes, they do smell good.

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States the excellent DOF. Those berries in their tones of blues are perfection against all the green and gold foliage and background.

6 Nov 2009 6:53am

@Dulcie: Thanks, Dulcie.

rem_la from Villiers, France

superbe !

6 Nov 2009 7:08am

@rem_la: Merci.

Irene from L C, France

Beautiful tones and DOF !

6 Nov 2009 7:16am

@Irene: Merci.

zOOm from Paris, France

A very hollywoodian set in fact, looks like it has been shot in a studio with this amazing DOF of yours.

6 Nov 2009 7:58am

@zOOm: This entire area is movie shooting country.

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

Magnificent!!! The lighting and golden tones are simply beautiful. Perfect dof! Very well captured.

6 Nov 2009 8:26am

@Anina: Thanks.

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Nice nice, the golden tones is beautiful.

6 Nov 2009 8:47am

@Nicholas: Thank you.

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Beautiful tones, very interesting subject and composition.

6 Nov 2009 8:52am

@Nazzareno: Thank you.

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

This is terrific shot, Jack. Like the DOF and the perfect focus.. nicely done.

6 Nov 2009 9:15am

@Sarito: Thank you.

PATRICK from miramas, France

just 5 stars!!!

6 Nov 2009 11:35am

@PATRICK: Merci.

k@ from Paris, France

I feel as if I could pick up one with 2 fingers ! Love the sensation or proxomity, and the tones of course*

6 Nov 2009 11:52am

@k@: Merci.

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Another great shot with the DOF. Love it! I especially like shots that I say to myself 'Oh I'd never have thought of that' see I'd be too interested in the rocks at this place to leave them out of focus..but this really works!

6 Nov 2009 11:53am

@MrsAmber: If I had your background, the rocks would have been in focus and the berries would have been fuzzy.

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

Fruits so clear and the background in the light a vegatative to look prehistoric, juniper berries on the bottom blond mountains, a spectacular image .. Bravo Jack.

6 Nov 2009 12:03pm

@Alivia: Merci, dear Dane.

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

excellent shot, such a beautiful composition with lovely colors :)

6 Nov 2009 12:36pm

@bekkah: Thanks, bekkah.

Veronelle from Lens, France

beautifull tree and light and composition ans dof

6 Nov 2009 12:43pm

@Veronelle: Merci.

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Captured in a fine light! Well done! Love the hint of a rugged background as well!

6 Nov 2009 1:00pm

@Craig: Thanks, Craig.

Shailaja from Banglore, India


6 Nov 2009 1:35pm

@Shailaja: Thank you.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A crisp capture with beautiful detail seen in the juniper and its berries. A great composition with a DoF that still allows identification of the fossil cliffs. What a workflow that you describe!

6 Nov 2009 1:41pm

@Steven: Thanks, Steven. My workflow actually is very fast. I don't waste any time on shots that I consider to be losers (i.e., most of them). Most of the keepers get maybe 5 min.; very few more than 10 minutes. I figure that if the processing is going to take a long time, I screwed up the capture.

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Ah, I can remember the delicious fragrance, and I love the berries' soft gray-blue color.
A wonderful, tack-sharp image, Jack!

6 Nov 2009 1:43pm

@Judy: Thanks, Judy.

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Another great work with dof.

6 Nov 2009 2:09pm

@Luca Bobbiesi: Thank you.

Betty from Phillipsburg, United States

Wonderful DOF! Well done.

6 Nov 2009 2:26pm

@Betty: Thanks, Betty.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Seems you have a lot of sun over there . This is such a sunny delight !

6 Nov 2009 2:31pm

@MARIANA: Way more sun on the east side of the Cascades than the west side. In Corvallis, we are getting wave after wave of rain.

Michael Rawluk ht from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is wonderfully done. Very sharp with the blurry browns to really set the shot travelling.

6 Nov 2009 3:39pm

@Michael Rawluk ht: Thanks, Michael.

don from spokane, United States

A fine close up of these berries. An interesting work flow description. Thanks.

6 Nov 2009 3:44pm

@don: Thanks, Don. In operation, a very fast workflow.

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

What a wonderful colorful world!

6 Nov 2009 4:04pm

@Yvonne Simons: Oui!

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

lots of work for one shot !! I tend to "mostly" shoot and present as it comes !!!
This shot is realy great.

6 Nov 2009 4:46pm

@Anthony Morgan Lambert: Actually it's about a 5-10 min. process unless I run into an unusual problem with a photograph that I really like. This photograph was processed very quickly.

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Superbe image! Les couleurs sont très belles!

6 Nov 2009 4:46pm

@mo.langel: Merci.

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

i grew up with juniper berries, so this takes me back to childhood! excellent processing!

6 Nov 2009 4:48pm

@dj.tigersprout: Thanks, dj.

Lyl and Roll from Besançon, France

Nice details... If I'm right, we use those fruits to perfume the sauerkraut (with meat and potatoes)...

6 Nov 2009 5:24pm

@Lyl and Roll: Merci.

Bishop from Houston, United States

Love the lighting in this shot! :)

6 Nov 2009 5:43pm

@Bishop: Thank you.

JamesC from portland, United States

So pleasent to behold, enjoyed it. We'll bookmark your workflow for later... thanks.

6 Nov 2009 6:50pm

@JamesC: Thanks, James.

Twinklestamper from Oklahoma, United States

Love the cliffs in the background.... I have some juniper berries in my blogroll, but will definitely take another look at them before they publish! Your image is so lovely!

6 Nov 2009 7:00pm

@Twinklestamper: Thank you for your kind comment.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

beautiful berries in autumn, jack!

6 Nov 2009 7:31pm

@marc battault: Merci, Marc.

Marion from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Excellent DOF and soft colors.

6 Nov 2009 7:41pm

@Marion: Thank you. It's nice when the DOF was intentional.

alex centrella from California, United States

well caught Jack..beautiful ..........

6 Nov 2009 8:22pm

@alex centrella: Thanks, Alex.

Macrobaby from Vancouver, Canada

Just lovely. The dof is wonderful and the rich tones just make this great.

6 Nov 2009 9:33pm

@Macrobaby: Thank you.

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

I like your focus on the berries with the blur wild landscape behind.

6 Nov 2009 11:30pm

@akarui: Thank you.

Michael from Shell village, United Kingdom

Exceptionally sharp and crisp making the berries really stand out against the shallow DOF. The contrast and color is supreme !

6 Nov 2009 11:42pm

@Michael: Thank you.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Love the focus and the great composition with the berries.

7 Nov 2009 12:56am

@Steve Rice: Thanks, Steve.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Subject, light, color, clarity.....Perfection!!!

7 Nov 2009 1:04am

@Susan: Thanks, Susan.

Mirza Ahmad from Thames Ditton, United Kingdom

Nice detail.

7 Nov 2009 1:44am

@Mirza Ahmad: Thank you.

Ajay from Pune, India

WOW!!! You sound like an IT guy to me now, Jack. :-) Proper workflow, good backup strategy, and now you have documented your process too.

7 Nov 2009 2:11am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Awesome selective focus, etc.

7 Nov 2009 2:24am

@B. Thomas: Thanks, Barb.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Great coloured picture - and thanks for sharing your workflow - it´s very interesting to me how others work ;)
After a big big software crash in february where lots of work was lost :(
I now store all my images, the rough & the different processed copies externally - the ones I´m working on are also on the internal drive.
But - not working with LR but PS - I don´t like using bridge - it is so slow und unhandy - even if my computer is very fast, a monstrum to me - I rather use irfanview´s thumbnail for a quick full screen inspection ;)

8 Nov 2009 12:11pm

@daniela scharnowski: Thanks, Daniela. The only part that I do in Bridge is the first run through; it is very fast. In reality, all of my work in the digital darkroom is fast; I don't spend much time there. All of my files are on two external harddrives.

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

fine details, beautiful light and colors and perfect DOF !

8 Nov 2009 9:30pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Outstanding! The DOF and light are superb!

9 Nov 2009 7:58am

starCosmosBleu from bedford.Qc, Canada

Nice the focus on the Juniper bush but also those tones in the background.

9 Nov 2009 9:42am

Tammy Warren-Cricket from United States

Love the colors in this image! I was reading your script above. I have a confession. I still own NO photo altering software. I would not even know how to add a sky. It is comforting to know your images are real. I still use a online software when I process my images, but it is only to layer images.

9 Nov 2009 4:21pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

un trabajo excelente!! felicidades!

9 Nov 2009 6:29pm

@Isidro: Gracias.

Bill from Pacific Northwest, United States

Wonderful capture. Thanks for sharing you workflow with us--it's very helpful.

10 Nov 2009 7:14pm

@Bill: Thanks, Bill. My workflow sounds more elaborate than it is. Actually it is quite fast.

Hilde Morin from Portland, United States

Thank you for sharing your process! still totally lost but I'll study line by line.

15 Dec 2009 1:56am