Richard Siersma  

Red Poppy by Richard Siersma

May 2019 - Red Poppy

About the Image(s)

Was taken with my Nikon D7100, Nikkor 105, f11, 1/100, ISO 1000. I first isolated the poppy from the background using Topaz ReMask then applied Topaz AI Remix to the poppy. I then applied PS's swirl filter to the background layer.

8 comments posted

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Richard, I find that using filters that dramatically change the structure of an image often isn't appealing to me. Your submission, on the other hand, is wonderful. The swirl simply "fits" the poppy. I keep seeing it as floating in colorful water. Great imagination and technique! Well done. I have no suggestions for modifications.

  Posted: 05/04/2019 14:57:42
Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Thanks Pete, last weekend was Georgetown, Tx's annual Red Poppy Festival; photos of red poppies are everywhere. I thought I would try something a little different.   Posted: 05/04/2019 16:56:19
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Richard, it's not just something different.... IT WORKS!   Posted: 05/04/2019 17:20:30

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
NIce job Rich, I love to photograph poppies, how I envy you that Red Poppy Festival. They grow in fields in UK but I have never got quite the image i want. This image reminds me somewhat of Polar coordinates:
Polar to Rectanguler
Rotate 180 degrees
Filter - Distort - Polar Coordinates
Rectangular to Polar
Use Topaz Simplify 4-Buzz Sim and the vignette slider. Can use other filters to try until finding something you like. Experiment is what this technique is all about.
  Posted: 05/04/2019 18:42:37
Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Thank you Barbara, I will do some experimenting to see what I can come up with.   Posted: 05/06/2019 20:59:15

David Cooke   David Cooke
I like this very much Richard. Particularly, the patterns and dynamism created by the swirls. The simple colour palette finishes it off and makes for a very appealing image.   Posted: 05/06/2019 06:12:41
Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Thank you David.   Posted: 05/06/2019 20:59:58

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
I like to see someone experiment with different techniques. Photography does allow that. I might have tried adding a drop shadow to the poppy to separate it from the twirl.   Posted: 05/23/2019 19:17:29


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