Jerry Biddlecom  


Viscaya Pond by Jerry Biddlecom

January 2020 - Viscaya Pond

January 2020 - Jerry Biddlecom

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About the Image(s)

There’s a formal garden and museum in southern Miami that some of you may
be familiar with called Vizcaya Gardens and is situated on the site of an old
estate built by James Deering (of the tractor and farm implement company)
and is the closest thing we down here have to Xanadu of Citizen Kane fame. As
you might imagine this place is a Mecca for photographers and in fact these
pics are from a field trip that was taken by my camera club a few months ago.
I saw an interesting pattern and color combination, and also had the lighting
of a mostly overcast day giving off a soft box effect. I got rid of the dark areas
and played around with the color balance and saturation, as well as using On1
special effects 8 to add contrast and sharpness. I added some vignetting to
bring out the center of the composition, and was pleased with all the various
shades of dark slate blue, which set off the yellows.


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6 comments posted

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I know you worked hard on this one however, to me, it seems like a "record shot". I'm finding difficulty in focusing on one subject as the pads go every which way. I think perhaps this one would be a good candidate for techniques like Peggy used - something abstract or "arty".   Posted: 01/12/2020 18:27:09

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Your colors are great. I agree with Marty that some type of abstract filter would work very well with your image. Good eye to spot this though. Others may have walked right on by.   Posted: 01/20/2020 12:16:57

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
This is a pretty poster image with bright contrasting yellow colors against the water. However, I think the leaves have lost a lot of their character and have become very bright against the water. I agree that they seem to be a scattered array rather than a focused subject. But it's an interesting presentation.   Posted: 01/23/2020 20:19:12

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
For me the unusual design and pattern of the leaves, puts this image in the class of abstracts. Yes, I am sure that the use of filters would further enhance the abstract quality. Also possibly changing the tones of greens on the leaves. The overall look kind of bothered me, so after flipping it in various ways, I settled on this as a more comfortable composition.
  Posted: 01/24/2020 18:22:48
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Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
What I love about this group is the diverse perspectives, so I will offer mine. I like the composition as it was created. The cropping is perfect. The leaves at the bottom provide a leading line to the center and then my eyes can wander to the left or right or top to explore each leaf texture. The little white flowers appear blown out so I wonder if dropping the saturation will bring them back to perspective and all add texture to the other leaves. I would clean up all the little specs in the water and I would clone out the dark corner with the lighter areas so it creates a frame for the leaves.   Posted: 01/27/2020 09:27:09

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
What I love about this group is the diverse perspectives, so I will offer mine. I like the composition as it was created. The cropping is perfect. The leaves at the bottom provide a leading line to the center and then my eyes can wander to the left or right or top to explore each leaf texture. The little white flowers appear blown out so I wonder if dropping the saturation will bring them back to perspective and all add texture to the other leaves. I would clean up all the little specs in the water and I would clone out the dark corner with the lighter areas so it creates a frame for the leaves.   Posted: 01/27/2020 09:27:10