Joan Field, APSA  


Colorful Sagebrush by Joan Field, APSA

November 2020 - Colorful Sagebrush

November 2020 - Joan Field, APSA

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November 2020 - Joan Field, APSA

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About the Image(s)

This is a composite of two images. The sagebrush photo had already been converted into a blue rendition. I copied it over the balloons. What I saw that I liked was on the left hand side of the sagebrush, so I dropped the right side. I also didn't use the blue balloon. The blend mode was Darker Color at 100% opacity. I used the clone tool in PS to fix some of the top of the image and the red part between the yellow and orange balloons. I liked the blues against the yellow the best, I guess.


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16 comments posted




Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Joan, I presume this is the same image as you submitted last month and I have repeated my comments here...
This looks like having been a labour of love. I like the way that you have arranged the dark tones in the centre of the flower, how they get lighter towards the outside and how they seem to blend with and bleed over into the background. The softness of the background works well. Colour preferences are a personal thing but for me I'm not sure about the overall pink hues. Also I wanted to see a little bit more punch in the centre of the flower. Would the image work if it was flipped horizontally to make good use of the left-to-right visual flow through the stems?   Posted: 11/04/2020 10:09:59
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Brian,
I agree with most of your comments. However, this is an international organization, and not all cultures read from left to right, so I wrestle with that issue.
  Posted: 11/04/2020 16:03:46
Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Peter, You make a good point about the cultural differences in an international organisation. Whenever, I am asked to judge at camera clubs, inevitably the question of composition pops its head up and I make the point about left-to-right visual flow in Western cultures. I also make the point that if I was an Arab or a Chinese photographer, then the visual flow would be in a different direction.   Posted: 11/05/2020 03:28:43
Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
Peter and Brian, I have been told, by a very knowledgeable artist friend, that even though there are cultures that do not read from left to right our brains are "wired" so that we all like movement/colour/composition of an image to go from left to right! Could be worth following up .......!   Posted: 11/06/2020 00:09:03
Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Phillipa, I agree with you that this is something worth following up. The notion is sound that our brains are wired up the same and it is only our perceptions that are shaped by cultural influences. There is a visual hierarchy in the process of organising content to follow natural eye movement patterns. The way we perceive information is affected by several factors that contribute to how we rank the hierarchy of content within the visual layout, eg size, colour, contrast, alignment, repetition, proximity, whitespace, texture and style. Eye-catching images need psychology and there are common patterns that our eyes tend to make when presented with visual stimuli. English readers have a set scanning pattern left-to-right whereas Arabic readers have a different pattern right-to-left and Chinese readers follow a top-down regime. Eye flow is the path our eyes naturally take through content, eg Z-pattern or F-pattern. It is amazing what has stuck from my Psychology Degree all those years ago.   Posted: 11/06/2020 03:19:09
Joan Field   Joan Field
Brian,
I put in a new image. You were so fast, you beat me to the change.
I would appreciate it if you would comment on my new image.Thanks, Joan   Posted: 11/13/2020 14:25:30
Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Joan, Done and dusted below.   Posted: 11/14/2020 03:30:31



Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Joan,
I love the feel of explosion that you have created. There is a positive feel of motion caused by your use of subtle color tonality changes in the warm areas, adjacent to the abrupt complimentary colors, where the tonality changes are not as subtle. I would almost analogize your image to the 2nd movement of Haydn's Symphony #94. Just to see if I could get closer to Haydn, I flipped your image horizontally, and inverted the color. While the look of my change is completely different from yours, I think it is more Haydnesque.
  Posted: 11/05/2020 21:38:09
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Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Peter, I like the way that your inversion has highlighted the whiteness of the sagebrush tips emerging from the orange beneath.   Posted: 11/06/2020 03:43:32
Joan Field   Joan Field
Reminds me of interesting clouds over the Earth.   Posted: 11/25/2020 15:53:54



Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
Joan, Your image is wonderful! It has Complimentary colours AND music and movement! Just look at all those music notes dancing across you image! It is a very happy image and I really like your composition!   Posted: 11/06/2020 00:04:31



Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Joan, Your image is an explosion of colour, shape, pattern and texture which is very appealing to the eye. I like the blue/yellow complementary colours which provide a focus and anchor for the picture. I would like to have seen white tips to the sagebrush captured in Peter's inverted variation. I like Peter's analogy with Haydn's Symphony.   Posted: 11/06/2020 03:52:07



Charles Ayars   Charles Ayars
Joan, the composite of something rough, like the sage, and something smooth, like the balloons, is a great idea. It makes for a very interesting visual. I do like the way the sage forms a flowing ribbon along the top. For my taste the violetpink in the top right hand corner is distracting. I played around with your image using the color selection in Photoshop. I'm not sure I like what I came up with but it was fun trying. Thanks.
  Posted: 11/06/2020 15:00:51
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Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Charles, I like your version which has a softer flow of colours through the image and the top right hand corner is less dominant on the eye. Well done.   Posted: 11/07/2020 05:08:13



Joan Field   Joan Field
Thank you all for your comments. Yes, the purple section on the upper right is unique to the image and maybe one color too many. I do like the bright colors.   Posted: 11/13/2020 14:32:39



Steve Wessing   Steve Wessing
This is my favorite of your images so far. I love the colors. If you flipped the balloons but not the sagebrush, it might balance the left/right flow.   Posted: 11/30/2020 11:11:57