Steven Wharram, LRPS  

Careful how you go by Steven Wharram, LRPS

October 2020 - Careful how you go

About the Image(s)

This was taken at the end of our lockdown period, back in July. It's not true a macro as it was taken with my phone but I'm happy with it as a close up. This ladybird had been flying about between numerous teasels and eventually it settled on the one nearest me. It was obviously below the level of the sharp part of the points but it still looked as though it was walking quite carefully.

What I did:
As usual, I've kept any manipulation to a minimum
A slight crop
Tweaked brightness to try and reduce highlights on some petals
Resized for this Group

10 comments posted

Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

You photographed an interesting subject whose bright red stands out against a busy background.

For me the yellow and green stem at the top of the iamge is distracting. Keeping with your philosohy of minimal editing would you consider a tighter crop at the top to remove the stem. This would bring more attention to the bug making him the main subject.
  Posted: 10/03/2020 23:17:16
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Steven Wharram   Steven Wharram
Thanks Judith. I did think about a tighter crop but I preferred this one as it showed off, to me, more of the sharp points of the teasel.   Posted: 10/13/2020 08:01:34

Timothy Morton   Timothy Morton
The colour contrast and layout make this illustration as cute the title of this lady bird.   Posted: 10/09/2020 06:59:51
Steven Wharram   Steven Wharram
Thanks Tim.   Posted: 10/13/2020 07:59:12

Barbara Dunn   Barbara Dunn
Nice spotting of this tiny insect. I like the way the red contrasts with the flower, and the use of the green as the compliment to it. Also, great job on the focus of the subject and detail in the flower.   Posted: 10/09/2020 12:40:15
Steven Wharram   Steven Wharram
Thanks Barbara.   Posted: 10/13/2020 07:59:01

Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

I am glad you commented back. This month, for my new DSG, I wrote an intent statement to help me focus on what it was that I trying to capture in my image.

Given your intent, my crop missed the mark since I focused on the ladybug. I thought your intent was photographing the bug. This image also taught me that I have to look up terms when I do not understand them (i.e. teasel).   Posted: 10/13/2020 12:12:43
Steven Wharram   Steven Wharram
Hi Judith. No problem. As I said, it was taken back in July (not specifically for this topic) and was a mainly as a capture of the sharp points of the plant but the ladybird helped add interest to that capture.
Happy to help.   Posted: 10/14/2020 10:40:35

Paul Swepston   Paul Swepston
nice composition and good depth of field. A winner.   Posted: 10/18/2020 13:25:24

Wendy Stanford   Wendy Stanford
Hi Steven, Nice find, the ladybug contrasts well from the surrounding plant, good DOF, image is sharp with spot on focus on the ladybug.   Posted: 10/21/2020 06:50:02


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