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.

6 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
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
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
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


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