Robert Schleif  

Spring by Robert Schleif

May 2020 - Spring

About the Image(s)

On one of the rare warm Spring days we have experienced, and after an outing for a walk with new scenery, we stopped at a garden park with numerous tulip beds. I happened to have my pocketable Canon S120 with me. In seeking an unusual perspective, I took this "blind" while bending over and holding the camera near the ground and pointed somewhat upwards. As my wife lacks infinite patience for such photographic stops, this was taken in under 30 seconds, and then we were on our way to the next flower bed. I kind of like it, but she thinks that the colors clash.

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9 comments posted

Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
It is good picture for 30 seconds.   Posted: 05/04/2020 18:58:17

Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
It is a good photo for 30 seconds. I like the perspective very much. Similar to Judy's image, I find that the background tree interferes with my enjoyment of the tulips. So, in this case, a top-down view of the tulips might have been a better option.
  Posted: 05/04/2020 20:41:53

Judy Merson   Judy Merson
It certainly says Spring!
A nice sharp capture Beautiful colors
I would clone out the tulip and stem on the upper right And perhaps crop up about a quarter inch from the bottom I would have liked to see one with the top of the tree and some sky above it But impatient spouses do not allow for recompositions You could add canvas at the top and make your own top, but that would need a lot of extra work
Yellow and purple are complementary colors And these tulips seem yellow orange to me
I just made my cousin a birthday card with yellow orange flowers on a purple background   Posted: 05/04/2020 21:18:53

Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
Reading Judy's suggestion, I agree that if you cropped from the right, far enough to eliminate the righthand flower, it would help. Make it more of a square or vertical crop than horizontal. Then, I find the trees and tulips seem to fit together better.   Posted: 05/05/2020 15:14:40

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
I cropped some and cloned some to eliminate the partial tulips on the right, also, a little cropping from the left to maintain balance. I feel this is an improvement. Thank you for the suggestions.   Posted: 05/05/2020 16:13:06
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Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
This crop works much better. Now it all seems to "fit".
  Posted: 05/09/2020 17:30:28

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
I love the POV in this image. Yes it is a little busy in the background with the flowering tree, but I think you lose the loveliness of the flowers from that angle by cropping. For instance, in the original displayed, I love that top right tulip that is flowing off the image. It dances the angle of your shot.   Posted: 05/19/2020 10:07:45

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
Having looked at the original and the cropped version for a couple weeks, I'm back to preferring the original, and for much the same reasons as Jessica mentioned. As Jessica also mentioned, that partial tulip in the upper right is important. To me its "escape" from the image feels like the escape from winter that the early flowers like tulips provide. Dorinda suggested shooting from above, and I agree, tulips shot from above or the side are magnificent. I was after something other than the standard tulip shot, and therefore, most of my tulip shots this spring have been from below pointing up.   Posted: 05/22/2020 12:16:00

Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
I like the sharpness of the overall picture, Robert. The colors are great and the combination of the yellow-orange and the purple really work for me. I also like the bottom-up perspective you have here. The perspective is a different one from the usual top down shots of tulip beds - the gain from the addition of the sky and flowering tree is a worthwhile trade-off.   Posted: 05/22/2020 12:51:15