Tom Pickering  

Hibiscus Kali by Tom Pickering

August 2019 - Hibiscus Kali

August 2019 - Tom Pickering


About the Image(s)

Specs: Nikon D5000, Tamron 60mm Macro, F27, 6s, ISO 200, Tripod, Room light

Our next-door neighbor has this lovely hibiscus plant that blooms every summer and they allow me to pluck one or two per year for experimenting with. Original 1 is the brightest of 3 images in an HDR bracket. I decided it was high time to work with the newest version of Affinity Photo, so I processed the raw version there, then used their Mirror filter to create this rendition. This filter makes it very easy to dial in a variety of looks and it took a while to find one that suited me. Suggestions?

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10 comments posted

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
An attractive creation from the original hibiscus. For me it is all about the centre portion. The top and bottom seem to come into their own if the image is rotated as a horizontal.   Posted: 08/03/2019 10:57:44
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
(Groups 6 & 11 & 53)
You mean like this?   Posted: 08/03/2019 11:01:41
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Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
Yes! I reckon it improves.   Posted: 08/03/2019 16:38:06

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Is it sharp enough? I feel would be better with the top and bottom parts taken off.   Posted: 08/05/2019 07:47:38
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
(Groups 6 & 11 & 53)
Wow! That's a radical change! Looks like it's back to the drawing board for me. d;¬{D   Posted: 08/22/2019 00:10:46

Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
Agree with Mike about the rotation - in landscape format it rests easy on the eye. I would add a little sharpness but would not wish to crop it - it is those additional elements that, for me, add interest to the shot. There would be endless possibilites to create alternatives by playing with hue/saturation which might produce exciting results.   Posted: 08/11/2019 13:37:05

Jennifer Empey   Jennifer Empey
Tom, the image makes an interesting pattern.
I tend to like the landscape view too.
And, I would also suggest to find the complementary colors of the purples & yellows, and a green to match.
  Posted: 08/15/2019 00:08:09

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
(Groups 6 & 11 & 53)
Well, if nothing else, this images has sparked a lot of suggestions. Hmmmm. Guess I just didn't take this far enough. d:¬{(   Posted: 08/22/2019 00:09:41

Kerstin Köneke   Kerstin Köneke
First: I like the original photo very much - such a fine catch of the Hibiskus.
For the processed picture I would use a vault filter to make the center more prominent.   Posted: 08/30/2019 12:47:39
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
(Groups 6 & 11 & 53)
I've never heard of a vault filter before. Can you tell me more about it?   Posted: 08/30/2019 12:52:56