Dorinda Wills, QPSA  

Mushroom Pepper Onion by Dorinda Wills, QPSA

February 2021 - Mushroom Pepper Onion

February 2021 - Dorinda Wills, QPSA


About the Image(s)

Back to basics on this one. Having finally gotten new glasses following cataract surgery, I am working very hard at getting the correct focus again. Before my husband could chop these for tonight's dinner, I decided to try a simple still life. They are on a bamboo cutting board, using just north window light and my 105 macro lens. The funny thing is, that once I got a good sharp image (I think), then I took it into Topaz and used a Van Gough filter which softened it. But at least it started out sharp!

8 comments posted

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
Cataracts--ugh. You have my sympathies. I like the lighting a lot as well as the colors, and of course, the subject. With respect to sharpness and blurring, I prefer the original. I would like it better also if the left edge of the pepper did not exactly hit the left edge of the stem of the mushroom.   Posted: 02/01/2021 19:07:51
Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
Yes. I agree, not sure which one I like better. Thanks for noticing the merger between the pepper and the mushroom. Easy fix. I will correct it.
  Posted: 02/01/2021 20:26:46

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
It is a lovely image. I actually like the contrast of color on the mushroom in the original, even thought the original is too dark over all. I would try to keep some of that darker brown around the top of the mushroom in the edited one. I like the proper blur you achieved on the scallions in the back. I would fix the edge of whatever the red object it is because it lines up perfectly with the stem of the mushroom. This is probably a result of the angle in which you took the picture.   Posted: 02/05/2021 08:10:11

Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
Lovely image, nice colors, I do not see any problems with the pepper   Posted: 02/07/2021 17:33:07

Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
Yes,I agree that the original, sharper image is the preferred one. I like it pretty much as you have captured it and I have no improvement changes to offer.   Posted: 02/09/2021 09:26:05

Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
Lovely subject and composition. Background nicely out of focus but adds to the composition and overall affect. Good imagination and technique. Tom C   Posted: 02/09/2021 12:05:40

Judy Merson   Judy Merson
Very nice composition and close up I think the sharp mushroom in the original with the slightly blurred scallion behind has more impact and contrast and I prefer it to the one with the Topaz filter
I had not noticed the sharp red edge until I read the other comments but it needs to be changed or removed from touching the scallion   Posted: 02/11/2021 12:44:13

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I like your composition, but I did not understand what the red pepper was because only a blurred portion of it shows. The green onions were easy to discern and fit in very well.   Posted: 02/11/2021 17:26:35


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