Jan van Leijenhorst  


Pure White by Jan van Leijenhorst

January 2020 - Pure White

About the Image(s)

These white lilies looked good in color, but by converting the image to a monochrome, the attention is shifted from color to the “construction” i.e. composition of the image


8 comments posted

Renee Schaefer   Renee Schaefer
Lovely image. Whites are so difficult to photograph. My suggestions to improve this image is to give it a little more space at the top and the right side. I would also suggest using the eraser tool and remove some of the spots on the flower to the left.
Nice job.   Posted: 01/09/2020 13:49:38

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
This is stellar. One of the areas discussed by a recent speaker on judging photos was the detail in whites and blacks. I think this is an excellent example of getting those details in the white areas and all areas of the photograph.
One area he suggested was to add a border to the photo and to have an "eye catching" (ha ha) title. Not sure how I feel about these but just passing them on.   Posted: 01/10/2020 09:42:06
Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
Becca, thanks for your comments. I like the idea of a border (Jon suggested that too, plus some more space on top). As to the title, that's a great idea. I renamed it "Purity" (thought of calling it "Virginity" but that might be a bit controversial).   Posted: 01/14/2020 09:56:25
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
I am not a fan of borders usually, but a thin white line might be interesting, especially if you expand the image to have enough space between the flower and the border. This is amazing image, and I wondered if it was infrared at first. Leave the spots alone IMHO, (which isn't really being humble) I think they are a normal part of this kind of flower.   Posted: 01/21/2020 11:09:16
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
I am not a fan of borders usually, but a thin white line might be interesting, especially if you expand the image to have enough space between the flower and the border. This is amazing image, and I wondered if it was infrared at first. Leave the spots alone IMHO, (which isn't really being humble) I think they are a normal part of this kind of flower.   Posted: 01/21/2020 11:09:20

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
To me this is an excellent monochrome image, which really reveals the detail in the whites of the lily. I like the way that I can see specks of pollen on the left-hand flower. As the image has a black background and we are looking at it on a black screen, I feel that it needs a fine white stroke around it to show your framing, as it is shown here, I feel that it needs little more space at the top.   Posted: 01/12/2020 05:14:13

Danny Dunne   Danny Dunne
This image has wow factor. Showing the stems coming out of the pot is a nice touch. The central stem slightly off to the right subtly helps the balance. The brightness levels and contrast on the leaves and flowers is excellent and there is a great amount of detail. I really like the way the closed flower is pointing upward so strongly.
Yes perhaps a little more space at the top and maybe could have moved that hidden flower tip, but depends on your choice of composition.
Great as it is.
PS I don't think titles matter.   Posted: 01/20/2020 23:12:08

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Jon's comments are spot on.. I am usually not a fan of black backgrounds but this really works with excellent tonal range in the flower. Well done!   Posted: 01/21/2020 09:38:12

 

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