Gloria Fine  

Flowers at Longwood Gardens by Gloria Fine

January 2020 - Flowers at Longwood Gardens

January 2020 - Gloria Fine


About the Image(s)

The photo that I have chosen to submit this month is one that I took at Longwood Gardens before Thanksgiving. The theme for them was “Mums and Bamboo”. The variety of mums was incredible. I used my 50mm macro F2.8 lens on my Sony A6300. The mums were inside and in bunches but I tried to photograph no more than two. I felt the yellow might show up better for the black and white than the light pink mums that they had.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
10 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
I like the conversion to monochrome, getting rid of the distracting and unimportant (to me) dark green of the leaves. (Interesting that Tom has just done that in his image this month, getting rid of bright red objects.)
But I don't care for the second out-of-focus partial blossom--is that what I see?   Posted: 01/02/2020 22:00:47
Gloria Fine   Gloria Fine
Stephen -- Yes, that is what you see. I agree, I don't care for it either. Gloria   Posted: 01/03/2020 07:36:59

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
When we lived in NJ I had these and remember the feel and texture of the petals. Your image practically put the mum back in my hand. Nice texture on the flower head petals. I too am not a fan of the back bloom, and I would also remove the spots on the leaf on the bottom left.   Posted: 01/06/2020 18:28:50

Gloria Fine   Gloria Fine
Lynne -- thanks for your critique. I couldn't agree with you more. Truth be told on one of my edits before I submitted this final one I did take the spots out. I obviously put the wrong edit in ... I am going to try and see if I can't address the other issues in this photo.   Posted: 01/07/2020 07:31:32

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Great texture in the flower, and good job of converting to mono. Do you have any other images that don't have the out of focus blossom? Or one that has a second bloom not quite behind it? One thing that I try to do is to look at the background before I click the shutter.   Posted: 01/08/2020 14:15:08

Gloria Fine   Gloria Fine
Tom: I wish I did have a shot without a second out of focus blossom in it. I will take a second look. Thanks so much for the tip. I will definitely put that on my reminder sheet!   Posted: 01/08/2020 14:21:52

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I agree with all the comments so far about the second flower head. Could you have given a bit more space at the top of the image and perhaps a bit less at the bottom so the leaves were cropped a little? The texture of the well lit front blossom is gorgeous.   Posted: 01/27/2020 14:32:53

Gloria Fine   Gloria Fine
Thanks Diana   Posted: 01/27/2020 16:48:52

Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
I like your black and white conversion of this elegant mum. One option to resolve the issue with the top of the second mum being a bit distracting possibly would be to make a selection from near the bottom of the main subject mum upward, and then darken the selected background (perhaps even all the way black). Sorry my usual computer is not working, or I'd try it to show you what I'm thinking. Darkening the background also would eliminate the bright spot in the upper left corner. As others already commented, I, too, like the beautiful textures in the petals. So pretty!   Posted: 01/27/2020 23:24:03

Gloria Fine   Gloria Fine
Thank you so much Jennifer for your suggestions. I absolutely will use them in future floral photographs. I have used Lightroom for years but get into a rut and am a little behind the times with some of the features. It is challenging but exciting especially when I discover new ways to do some edits.   Posted: 01/28/2020 19:03:51