Ian Chantler  

White bells by Ian Chantler

May 2020 - White bells

About the Image(s)

May I start by wishing not only all my group friends my sincerest best wishes for your safety and well being but all members of the P.S.A.
I was wondering during lockdown in the U.K. how I could get some photography done and the garden started bursting into life problem solved my flay/apartment is on the middle floor of a large early Victorian building with a massive garden which is my landladies pride and joy and she spends every waking hour tending it her and her husband have been in lockdown in Spain for 6 weeks so I am in charge under constant phone instruction from her now before this I could not tell a Peoni from a porcupine but now seem to be the worlds leading authority on plant identification and loving it.I am not sure about the light area top left whether it is to much of a distraction as always the groups thoughts will be valued.

How I did it

Camera Canon EOS 5D Mk III lens Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM f4 1/4000s ISO 500 RAW image adjusted in photoshop I then added a small amount of gausian blur masked the flower back in cropped sharpened using a high pass filter and added a 2px white stroke

14 comments posted

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
Very nice image of the White Bells,but the one blurred in the background gets my eye. I would remove it or blacken it out. I would suggest that you crop the image and it will bring the flower closer.   Posted: 05/03/2020 16:05:26
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Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Stuart
Many thanks for viewing my image all advise is much appreciated thank you and stay safe.   Posted: 05/04/2020 14:04:11

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Ian, very nice image of the white flowers with a very dense green background. It is very sharp. I agree with Stuart and I like the way he cropped it. Otherwise the blurred white flowers in the background keep attracting my eyes away from the main subject.   Posted: 05/04/2020 21:33:44

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67 & 89)

I really wish that the blurred white flower on the left was not there. If I had a choice I would wish the blurred greens made a complete circle.

You showed a good eye in finding this composition.   Posted: 05/05/2020 09:31:01
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Larry
Thank you so much for your kind words that is the beauty of the groups so much great advice work is already underway on a bit of pruning shall we say stay safe Larry   Posted: 05/05/2020 14:33:54

Joseph Hearst   Joseph Hearst
I love the flowers, but I agree with the others about the crop.   Posted: 05/05/2020 13:04:09

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Ian, if you can't tell a peony from a porcupine then wear thick leather gloves before you try to pick one! The good news is, we don't have porcupines in the UK!

This is a very nice shot of these lovely white flowers. I too think that the out of focus white flowers in the upper left are a bit distracting but I would simply darken them down in Photoshop. Personally, I prefer your original crop as it gives the flowers space to breathe. I would like to see something of the stem, though, just so they are not apparently floating in the air.   Posted: 05/07/2020 08:32:40

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Guy
The original crop remains as the obvious was staring me in the face although I only have CS6 the content aware tool did a fabulous job as for the stem I agree it is directly behind the flower and to get it in I would have had to stand on some of the landadies other plants and picking up that porcupine would be preferable to what she would do to me if I had done that.   Posted: 05/07/2020 16:49:16
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Whatever you do, don't upset the landlady! Fate worse than death!   Posted: 05/10/2020 08:17:31

Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
Where there is a will there is a way. There have been and will be more positive issues during this pandemic and you have found one by learning the names of the flora in your landlady's garden and I am sure you will present us with additional offerings in the near future. That said I agree with the others on the crop, take care my friend.   Posted: 05/17/2020 08:48:44
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
As I say Erik the obvious was staring me in the face the content aware tool and it did a fantastic job, my sincerest wishes Erik to you and your family for their well being. and safety in these awful times.   Posted: 05/17/2020 13:28:18

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
(Group 69)
Thanks for your kind thoughts Ian, but looking at your group I still have a few things to learn.   Posted: 05/25/2020 00:14:46

Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
I think you have a wonderful capture. The exposure is right on. One thing about our group is everyone's interpretation of our images and composition. I do not object to the muted flowers in the background. It tells me there are other flowers in this patch. My interpretation is somewhat different because of my crop and subject placement. The musted flowers in the background are secondary to the main subbjet and support it. I also would use a grey stroke in lieu of a white one. See my interpretation.   Posted: 05/25/2020 11:27:04
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Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Bill many thanks I will do this.
Take care stay safe.   Posted: 05/25/2020 12:47:20


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