Barbara E Miller, FPSA, MPSA, EFIAP  

Rapture in Mono by Barbara E Miller, FPSA, MPSA, EFIAP

October 2017 - Rapture in Mono

October 2017 - Barbara E Miller, FPSA, MPSA, EFIAP


How I Did It

I really enjoy flower images and although I like this one in colour I think it may have more drama in Mono. The set up was a tabletop with a black BG and I added a couple of swirls on the LH side for added interest. With the mono I added David's high pass technique and a slight white stroke for a border

6 comments posted

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Hmmm, the border doesn't show! It was white, 2 pixels. I cleaned up the white "rims" around the edges of the petals but looks as though I missed the bottom RH side.   Posted: 10/01/2017 06:57:25

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Barbara, I love the delicate shading of the flower petals. They make a beautiful image... and I feel the change to monochrome was a brilliant move. Nicely done! Naturally the white "rims" don't bother me since I tend to over sharpen most of my pictures and have become insensitive to the rims. :)

There are two things that I wonder about. First, the out-of-focus petal bothers me a bit. I played with the image and found that removing that petal left the picture "out of balance". Then I tried replacing that petal with one that wasn't quite as blurred. I don't think that my edit helped but I've included it below. The petal certainly doesn't really hurt the image but I thought it might be possible to improve it even further.

The second thing that seems a bit odd is the black area that is below the petals and above the leaves. That area shows in the original picture so it's not something that you introduced. Perhaps I'm simply looking at it wrong.

In any event, the original image is beautiful and the B&W that you made is spectacular!   Posted: 10/01/2017 10:56:34
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Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Barbara, I like how you converted your yellow rose into a B&W; however, I do agree with Oliver's observations. I took a stab at trying to lighten it up without losing the texture in the petals using NIK's Silver Efex Pro.   Posted: 10/13/2017 07:02:31
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Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Yes I think you are both right it does perhaps need lightening. I too thought of removing the OOF line (which you have both done) but I thought it just might add some interest, but I am sure you are correct it does need to go. I entered this in our CC's comp last week and it only earned an 8!   Posted: 10/13/2017 07:21:25
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Richard, I really like the brighter image that you posted (without the OOF petal). It makes a stricking difference.   Posted: 10/13/2017 08:37:06

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
very nice conversion to mono. The only thing that I would do is remove the out of focus petal. I think Richard did a good job of lightening the center portion of the rose.   Posted: 10/15/2017 14:15:06


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