Jaqueline Whalen  

Stealing Nectar by Jaqueline Whalen

October 2020 - Stealing Nectar

October 2020 - Jaqueline Whalen


About the Image(s)

As you can see from comparison with the original I did not do much beyond cropping and sharpening the image. I am working hard to learn how to use my new Sony A 7r. It is difficult as I have been shooting with Canon for years. The image was taken with an ISO of 200. 1/800sec at f.
/8.0. I was using a 28 - 300 lens and the shot was at 200mm.

6 comments posted

Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
Welcome Jaq. What a great image. Flower and butterfly very sharp, background great bokeh. If I were to comment at all, it would be to crop the image certainly on the left side and, perhaps, turn up the brightness a little.   Posted: 10/12/2020 15:01:05
Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
Thanks, Harry. I have trouble with controlling the brightness of my photographs. I seem always to make them on the darker side. Interestingly, I have been admonished by other photographers not to center the main focus of the image too much, considering the rule of thirds. That is why there is more background to the left. I will give a try for another crop and see how it rolls! Thanks for the feedback.
Jaq   Posted: 10/12/2020 15:06:37

Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Welcome to the group Jaqueline.
This is a lovely image. I agree with Harry about the cropping and brightening the flower and the butterfly. Maybe have a look at what effect slightly desaturating the greens has on the bright background. At the moment the left hand side is very bright compared to the subject of the image.   Posted: 10/12/2020 17:34:50
Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
It is so refreshing to see the photo with "new eyes." Your comments are spot on. Now all I have to do is go apply them!
Thanks.   Posted: 10/13/2020 07:33:44

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Great shot. I do agree the Harry and Martin on the cropping and brightening. If you use LightRoom, I'd try a circular filter around the subject to brighten it up. It's easy to control the amount of brightness in a given area using the brush tool in the circular filter application. As for the rule of thirds, I find it confusing as well as to when to keep it. To me, I find that in my macro work, if the rule of thirds leaves a lot of dead space, I crop it out. Welcome to the group, Jaqueline!   Posted: 10/13/2020 08:06:26

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Welcome, Jacqueline. I hope you will enjoy our group. I love cone flowers, and I believe you made a lovely capture. The contrasting colors of the butterfly, flower, and background bokeh, I believe, are right on. Others have mentioned cropping. If anything, I would recommend a square crop. Everyone has an opinion! I do agree that the image appears to be dark. Do you use Nik? One of its tools lighten/darken center in Color Efex that I really like. Of course, you can do the same in Lightroom or other editing programs. But Nik has a good fading aspect when using that tool. Look forward to seeing your images.   Posted: 10/13/2020 15:39:14


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