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Daffodils by Allen Tucker

April 2021 - Daffodils

April 2021 - Allen Tucker


April 2021 - Allen Tucker

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About the Image(s)

It is daffodil season in the Sierra foothills. With thin clouds softening the warm late afternoon sunlight, I put a Tamron 60mm macro lens on the Canon 90D and crawled around in the dirt. Initially looking for colors, I also found some compositions and contrasts that invited monochrome treatment. Original 1 is the finished treatment of the color version. Original 2 shows my Lightroom global adjustments to colors and tones preparing for BW conversion: white balance toward blue to darken the yellows and tone curve midpoint to the right to darken the shadows and increase contrast in the brights. Converted to BW in Lightroom with Matt K profile Channel Mix 7, some exposure tweaks, and a horizontal flip. Suggestions?

4 comments posted

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I have never photographed a daffodil that I have liked my photo perhaps because I never tried converting to mono. But, Allen after seeing your image I am going to to try to duplicate your very successful technique. I especially like the composition and the non distracting background. In my revision I slightly darkened what were the yellows and removed a few white spots. And, I wonder if the unopened blossom isn't a distraction so I also removed it.   Posted: 04/07/2021 08:07:12
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Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
I like your removal of the small bright distractions. The one on the top yellow/gray element is the wing of a bug, quite clear in my full resolution files - I shall leave him in my final print.   Posted: 04/07/2021 14:38:03

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Flowers are great in monochrome. Tulips in particular work well in monochrome. I haven't really tried daffodils too much as I'm not fond of photographing them. Your image, however, has me rethinking that and I might give them a try myself.
I like your treatment quite a bit, especially with Jim's cleanup.   Posted: 04/07/2021 12:42:42

Sharron Leppien   Sharron Leppien
The first thing that I saw was the little fly/critter on the top petal. To celebrate the great clarity of the bug I wanted to highlight his appearance. It wasn't until I opened your file that I saw the amazing detail in your image. Congratulations it really is an outstanding image. Sorry that I chopped half of it off ;)   Posted: 04/13/2021 04:52:11
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