Karen Botvin  

Unfolding Beauty by Karen Botvin

October 2020 - Unfolding Beauty

October 2020 - Karen Botvin


About the Image(s)

This image was shot with my Nikon Z7 using a Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 160, f/9 at 1/1000 sec. I cropped in on this to get rid of a number of the lily leaves, cleaned up the debris, lifted the shadows, and did some spot removing. After I was happy with that, I took it into Topaz and added a texture look of oil painting. I would like to enter this into F3C’s (Florida Camera Club Council) Triannual Competition so any and all feedback is well. Thanks in advance.

8 comments posted

Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
Great image of a sensational flower. The angle of the flower is just right The background is perfect and the sharpness is also.   Posted: 10/04/2020 12:31:38
Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Thanks so much, Harry, for the positive feedback. It really means a lot to me.   Posted: 10/06/2020 02:18:11

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
To me this is perfect. The flower color contrasting with the green is beautiful. I like the shadows within the flower and the shadow reflection in the water. The angle and cropping and your choice of Topaz filter really makes it pop. Good luck in the competition. I think it's a winner.   Posted: 10/04/2020 15:47:26
Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Shirley, thank you so much for your kind words and the details of exactly what you liked in my image. That really helps.   Posted: 10/06/2020 02:20:34

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
I agree that it's a winner. Its impressive how the background brings out a 3D look with the water plane looking flat and complementing the flower. Retaining the whites is just right - without a polarizer?   Posted: 10/09/2020 15:56:45

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Thanks so much, Piers, for pointing out the 3-D effect. I don't think I actually saw that until you said it. Right, no polarizer used.   Posted: 10/10/2020 07:27:52

Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
I live close to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square PA which has a beautiful garden of these types of flower. Gorgeous! The angle of the flower and the textured background really make your bloom pop right out of the photo! Love it.   Posted: 10/13/2020 07:51:22
Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Lucky you, Jaqueline! I used to work near Longwood Gardens. Was planning a trip there is past year, but COVID! At any rate, welcome to the group and thanks so much for your kinds words .   Posted: 10/13/2020 07:56:33


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