Randolph Shine  

Nature's Promise by Randolph Shine

May 2020 - Nature's Promise

May 2020 - Randolph Shine


About the Image(s)

We are still in lockdown in our area and wanted to show that there will be life after this virus is long gone.

This photo is called: "Nature's Promise." It is an avocado that just started growing and like us, wants to produce what is promised. IF the promise holds true, then by late August or early September it will be ready to pick. We trust the promise is true. Tomorrow the sun will shine.

Camera settings: 1/640, F10,ISO 400, 270mm on a 18-270mm lens, Canon 70D.

I made an HDR but did not like it. I cropped, reduced highlights, whites, and added some more black and added some contrast.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
I agree with your statement about your image. We all need those promises of hope in this world of virus and stay at home limits. The gracefully curved twig of the avocado points pleasingly to the avocado itself. The greens and blues are calming and pleasant. You could consider adding a slight vignette to keep the eye on the avocado and not the white clouds.   Posted: 05/08/2020 09:46:35
Randolph Shine   Randolph Shine
Great idea. I did a vignette and it focused the photo more on the avocado.
Thanks.   Posted: 05/11/2020 12:57:51

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Randy,

I love your image this month! It sure does bring us a promise of what is to come. I like that you captured this image in a simple framing from the branch above and the tree line behind this fruit. You also have a nice soft light on the fruit that is just the right amount of light.

I have nothing to add to your image as far as correcting. I do, however, offer a sample of what you could do with your image if you like to add textures and borders. In my sample, I added a simple watercolor texture with a white border. Sometimes a simple border is enough to complete an image.

Best wishes,
LuAnn   Posted: 05/14/2020 09:39:54
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Randolph Shine   Randolph Shine
Thank you.   Posted: 05/17/2020 14:58:05

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
The title of your image is inspiring! You have used the image of a simple fruit to deliver your message, and give us hope for a bright future.
Normally, avoid central composition has become the standout choice, but in this image, placing your subject in the center marks your attempt to introduce it in a calm, honest way as in an open book. The blurry round shape of the tree in the bottom also looks like the fading coronavirus. I love it!
  Posted: 05/20/2020 20:51:19

Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
hi Randolph, love the message of hope! Very positive way to deal with this craziness! When I opened my ipad to your photo, the screen cut off the bottom of you image. I kinda liked it. It made the avocado stand out more, not competing with the green at the bottom. I like LuAnn's edit too. Great sky!   Posted: 05/25/2020 09:01:40
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Mary Sue Rosenthal   Mary Sue Rosenthal
I too love your symbolism in this image. Here is a suggestion. I cropped it taking it a little off center, flipped it and took into Nik Viveza putting a little bit of curves and contrast into it.   Posted: 05/27/2020 10:08:14
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