Karen Botvin  

Brilliance by Karen Botvin

November 2020 - Brilliance

November 2020 - Karen Botvin


About the Image(s)

I call this photo “Brilliance” for it’s intense color and perfection. It is a Swamp Hibiscus shot with my Nikon Z7 using Sigma 105mm macro lens. ISO 200, f/3.2 at 1/125sec. Very little done by way of editing. Cropped a bit, enriched the blacks, added a stroke and removed the things along the bottom edge. Hope you enjoy it’s splendor as much as I do. Comments always welcome.

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6 comments posted

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
I love the composition of your image and the added line border. I feel the color balance between the flower and the background is beautiful. My one suggestion would be to see if you can sharpen the very center since my eye keeps wanting to look at that. Nice shot!   Posted: 11/11/2020 14:11:26
Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Thanks so much, Shirley for your kind words. I like your suggestion relative to selective sharpening, however, I really have never done it selectively. I watch a YouTube video and tried it, but I'm not sure that I can see a difference. What do you think? Perhaps you have a quick instruction for me as how to do it. I used Camera Raw and then used an inverted mask in PS.   Posted: 11/12/2020 10:30:01
Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
I believe it is a little better. I think the part that stands out as being out of focus is the white(yellow) in the center. I am not the one to tell you about sharpening, and maybe some of the others might be able to make some suggestion. I find that for an isolated area like that sometimes using the radial filter in Lightroom works using dehaze and clarity. I will be watching for other comments.   Posted: 11/12/2020 15:25:12
Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
  Posted: 11/12/2020 10:31:35
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Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
I think that the depth of field was not large enough to get the center of the flower in focus and, in future, try increasing the f stop to f8 or beyond. But I do like the composition and the leaf which overlaps the frame at the bottom.   Posted: 11/15/2020 15:06:01
Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Thanks, Harry. Glad you like the composition. I agree with you on the f/stop. However, my focus on this hibiscus was to get the stamen in sharp focus as I was hand holding my camera. I struggle sometimes with camera shake. I do need to slow down a bit a look at the flower as a whole, bringing all the important parts into focus.   Posted: 11/15/2020 15:50:00