Barbara E Miller, FPSA, MPSA, EFIAP  

Bouquet by Barbara E Miller, FPSA, MPSA, EFIAP

February 2019 - Bouquet

February 2019 - Barbara E Miller, FPSA, MPSA, EFIAP

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About the Image(s)

Taking this sometime ago as a table top I don’t recall what I did to add this BG but I never thought it was satisfactory. I now added the shadow to resemble a table (since I know Nick doesn’t like to see objects as though they are floating!)I accidentally cloned in the third dropped petal and playing around with various filters‚Ä”and this can go on infinitesimally‚Ä”ended up using levels to make a vignette and straightened it. This image is not out of the ordinary but I got tired of playing around with it.

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

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
This is a wonderful image Barbara; your "accident" just adds to the image. For me, the crop is a little too tight; however, this should be printed and hung on a wall.   Posted: 02/01/2019 16:41:08

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Barbara, to me this image shows the kind of experimenting that I enjoy. The capabilities of Photoshop, Lightroom and third-party plugins never cease to amaze me. It appears to me that you explored a number of the possibilities of these tools to create a very pleasing photograph. I like the composition and I feel that the addition of the shadow and the third pink petal worked nicely to provide good balance to your image.

I agree with Richard that the cropping feels a bit tight since the flowers are quite close to the edge of the frame. Also, in my view, it might have been good to avoid the vignette on the flowers at the top right of the photograph. The current vignette makes me feel that those flowers are a bit blurry when, in fact, your image is in sharp focus.

Nicely done!   Posted: 02/05/2019 16:45:48

Mike Whelan   Mike Whelan
(Group 90)
Barbara, adding that third petal to create an odd number makes a great difference.I don't feel that the crop is too tight it concentrates focus on the central subject. The original background was too dark but lightening and adding an inverted vignette makes this picture. I think it is excellent, well done   Posted: 02/07/2019 08:53:53

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
I felt like playing so I took your original into CS6 and applied Topaz. One stroke of the pen that came with my tablet produced this and about 20 other options. What do you think?   Posted: 02/10/2019 12:42:44
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Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Yes Bev another interesting look but I am always aware of what friend Nick Muskovac says about items seeming to float without a surface, he opts for a base and I rather agree.
  Posted: 02/14/2019 17:48:14

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
(Groups 8 & 18)
Beautiful and artistic image. Sure like the painterly framing ..........Might consider giving the pink petals a bit more punch with stronger color.....   Posted: 02/14/2019 13:43:53

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
You did a good job of placing the vase in a corner, and it does have a base. I also, might have added another red pedal. Mark's comment about the framing is interesting; usually we darken the corners of an image; however, I like the white.   Posted: 02/23/2019 11:39:03