Barbara E Miller, HonPSA, FPSA, MPSA, EFIAP  

Within by Barbara E Miller, HonPSA, FPSA, MPSA, EFIAP

September 2020 - Within

September 2020 - Barbara E Miller, HonPSA, FPSA, MPSA, EFIAP

Original 1

September 2020 - Barbara E Miller, HonPSA, FPSA, MPSA, EFIAP

Original 2

About the Image(s)

I photographed an amaryllis against a black BG, (these flowers bloom aplenty in my garden in the spring) and did a page from this site I imagine there are others but this one worked for me. I used a 2 pixel stroke around it.
The original amaryllis was quite large so I cropped to the centre to use this as BG. I then thought the black BG was too harsh (see orig no.2) so picked up a colour from the flower adjusted it with Hue/Saturation and finished with a 2 pixel stroke around the completed image.

8 comments posted

Stephen Mayeux   Stephen Mayeux
I like the presentation and it does look much better with the background changed from black to a color from the flower. The picture in a picture does create an interesting effect. I also like the turned up edges being a darker color from the flower.   Posted: 09/01/2020 09:07:58

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Barbara, I really like this image. I think it's one of the best that I've seen recently. Your composition is excellent and the colors are outstanding. Well done!

My only very minor suggestion is further darken the anthers on the right side and move their hue slightly more toward yellow. They seem to have a bit of a green tint.

Excellent image and quite creative!

  Posted: 09/02/2020 10:44:42

Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
How interesting! First, I like your technique of rolling up the edges. I need to learn that. I really like this composition. To be different, I'll say I like v2 with the black. I like the contrast. You've captured lots of detail and the exposure is good. Good creative ideas at work here.

  Posted: 09/10/2020 14:30:03

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
Barbara, first, I would like to say that I hope your knee recovers and you feel better. Also hope that Dale is doing ok.
I think there is too much in your picture. I would have only used the rolled up flower in the center, and placed it against a black background.   Posted: 09/12/2020 12:00:26

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Barbara, this is a really creative piece of work; however, I must agree with Nick. I think you have several options here. I love our original with just the flower on the black background. I also love the center alone of this image without the extra background
I find the "stamens" (I think that's what they're called) on the right side of the background on this image a bit too overpowering and drawing interest away from the center.
The bottom line is in the eye of the beholder....and in the end it is a beautiful piece of work that could just use a bit of tweaking.   Posted: 09/13/2020 13:35:19
Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Yes, I think you and Nick are right Bev, it is a bit OTT   Posted: 09/14/2020 04:55:24

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Barbara, I do hope you are doing better. I also agree with Nick and Beverly; the stamens on the right fight with the flower. I like your original 2 but without the bordering gold frame and stamens.   Posted: 09/14/2020 16:46:50

Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
This is quite extraordinary, intriguing editing of a beautiful subject.
As has been said, I think the stamens on the right are pulling us away from the main game.
V2 without those stamens would be a dramatic rendering. The white, rolled edges against the black background in v2 are really compelling.

I hope you are convalescing well...with plenty of time to edit!   Posted: 09/17/2020 00:23:00


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