Stuart Ord  


Foxglove by Stuart Ord

October 2019 - Foxglove

About the Image(s)

A very common plant in our garden, I tried to make it a little more interesting by restricting the depth of field.

How I did it

Olympus OMD-E-M1ii, Olympus 12mm-100mm lens at 100mm, f6.3, 1/640 sec, ISO 800.


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6 comments posted

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Stuart your "common plant" in your yard is very pretty and deserved to have it's picture taken. I feel the lefthand lower green area is distracting and draws my attention away from the main blossoms. I tried a tighter crop to highlight the central blossom and to include a bit of the other small blossoms. Also gives the interesting top of the flower more importance. That area shows a lot of sharp details as does the main blossoms.   Posted: 10/07/2019 18:35:25
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Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
(Groups 64 & 95)
Hi Janet,
Thanks for your comment. Foxgloves are very pretty, I agree. In this photo I was loosely following one of the Charles Needle creative macro idea, which I tried previously with my bumble bee picture, ie limited depth of field and picture element well out of focus. Here I didn't have any foreground blooms to "shoot through" as he calls it, but the rising stem seemed to give is a sort of 3D feel. So I prefer not to cut it out. However I do take your point about the interesting tops which are sidelined in my original. So here's an alternative where I think I'm getting the better mix of both aspects. I went back to the original to see if I could get any more at the top edge now that the top is getting more prominent but alas there was none! So I cloned a little, hope it's not too noticeable..I noticed the original was also a little darker and so I adjusted that a little too   Posted: 10/08/2019 02:07:58
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John Roach   John Roach
(Groups 52 & 64)
This revised image is very, very nice!   Posted: 10/24/2019 10:32:45
Salvador Atance   Salvador Atance
Good, I think you got it at cropping and darkening a little the down third part of the picture. Congratulations.   Posted: 10/25/2019 16:52:11

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
(Groups 53 & 86 & 95)
Love foxgloves and how delightful to have them growing in your garden! Between our brown thumbs and the voracious chipmunks here, we don't have much luck with flowers most of the time, with the exception of the sunflowers that sprout from what falls out of the bird feeders. d:¬{(

I don't think Janet's crop works as it cuts off too many blossoms. Your rework I think is a much stronger composition. And you removed the noise and darkened the flowers so that they pop more! Much better!!! d:¬{D   Posted: 10/15/2019 17:02:56

Dick States   Dick States
I agree with Tom on this one. I too like the one you reworked the original to my eye was too light. Like the composition.   Posted: 10/20/2019 14:51:11