Jeri Conklin  


Prickly Star by Jeri Conklin

November 2020 - Prickly Star

About the Image(s)

Taken with cell phone, Galaxy Note 9. Some type of cactus. Is the small green area in the top corners too distracting?


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5 comments posted




Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Jeri, but why couldn't you crop that top green in a matter of seconds? Unfortunately the left side was cropped too much in post or when taking the image. I might of also used a clone on the white cotton to make it consistent all around. The final image is yelling to be placed in a square format. Perhaps you should of composed from a slightly further distance to along the crops needed.   Posted: 11/12/2020 14:26:32
Jeri Conklin   Jeri Conklin
Bob, thank you for your suggestion. I did not crop this at all. I can see what you are saying about getting a more square photo to accent the middle star. I understand that having the picture run to the borders isn't necessarily desired, but I took this photo awhile ago before I really understood that concept.   Posted: 11/18/2020 12:17:21



Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Jeri, what an interesting plant! I would also think that you could try the square format, and maybe increase the shadows and contrast a bit to bring the structure of the leaves up. The fluffy white forms a nice cloud-like background for the star. This would make a nice Christmas card idea!   Posted: 11/15/2020 12:36:43
Jeri Conklin   Jeri Conklin
Kristi, thank you for your suggestions as well. There are no leaves on this plant, it is a cactus and the hair around it is the "leaf" per se. I thought there might be a pod that it came out of but couldn't find that either. I will definitely do the square crop and see how that looks. Thank you again!
  Posted: 11/18/2020 12:20:07



Joan Field   Joan Field
Jeri, I like the star shape that the plant has given you and the soft white pillows of fluff around it. I agree that you should crop in from the top and rid yourself of the extra green in the corners. Also, since you have a choice, the cutoff of the cactus on the left side is a bit distracting since all the other parts are within the frame. Just back off a little. One of my rules for myself is to take a wider angle than what is showing in the original viewfinder and crop the photo later to suite the purpose. But your exposure is right o and the concept works wonderfully. Looking at it again, I think you could crop a little off the bottom, as well to make a cute cuddly picture.   Posted: 11/25/2020 15:30:10