Karen Botvin  

Amaryllis by Karen Botvin

February 2021 - Amaryllis

February 2021 - Karen Botvin


About the Image(s)

This Amaryllis was taken with my Nikon D500 (cropped sensor) using a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 lens at 50mm. I used f/11 to get all flowers in focus, 1/125 sec, ISO 2000 with an off camera speedlite. I converted to B&W in LR after making a few minor adjustments, in particular, reduced the saturation of the greens. In PS, I removed the bud and the extraneous leaves using content aware. In Nik Silver Efex software, I applied the Noir filter and made some changes to the film type. Your comments and thoughts are much appreciated.

5 comments posted

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Karen, I believe your images are swapped for original. So I am going to assume that and make my comments accordingly. I love your editing. The Noir filter really made the shades of the flowers pop. The frame chosen, I feel, adds so much also. My only suggestion would to not have the two sides so close to the framing, especially the left that has one of the petals nipped. Hope you saved the image in Nik so that you can go back to adjust--a nice added feature in their newest version.   Posted: 02/06/2021 13:42:37
Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Thank you, Shirley, for your observation. Yes, my images are reversed. I appreciate your suggestions in adding space to the sides of the images, and will try to do that in PS.   Posted: 02/06/2021 15:12:38

Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
Very pretty image, Karen. The removal of the distracting elements in the lower portion of the image helped greatly. I like the subtle shadows from your lighting that remain on the petals. They help give the image a feeling of depth and separation. I, too, think that the petals on both sides are too close to the edge.
The BW conversion is wonderful. I can picture this hanging on a wall   Posted: 02/07/2021 12:39:23

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Very nice black and white conversion - it brings out the gradations in the shadows traditionally showing the amaryllis "in the shade" and the effex pro filter is a good choice. I agree about giving them some more space.   Posted: 02/09/2021 14:55:30

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
(Groups 4 & 31)
Hi Karen
A wonderful mono conversion wonderful textures really well cropped love it.   Posted: 02/10/2021 14:04:01


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