Debbie Perez  

Water Lilies by Debbie Perez

October 2020 - Water Lilies

October 2020 - Debbie Perez


About the Image(s)

I found this little bitty park about 20 miles from me. It looks out on the intercostal but has numerous tiny ponds that were full of water lilies. There were various shades of pinks and purples and many native white ones. There was an occasional person but we all are covid weary and no one approached. I had not really gone out and shot for any length of time since the end of the first week of March. Carrying two cameras was very tiring but the wonder of this tiny place keep me going.

I use the Canon RP full spectrum with a 665 nm filter for this. I had just installed the new CLir Panel so I clicked on various buttons until I got a cyan and white photo. The white had the slightest hint of pink. I decided I wanted the pink to be a bit more pronounced so I added a color layer with a mask, picked a vary vibrant pink, set the layer mode to color and 28% opacity and ended up with the pink you see here. Some areas were touch up with a low opacity paint brush. I added a soft vignette.

5 comments posted

Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
This is super Debbie and well worth the effort. The lilies stand out proudly against the leaves and your painting has enhanced them. Maybe a crop from the left coming up to nearly the tip of the bottom leaf at the base of the flower stem, making it more square-ish might improve the composition. Maybe not but it is a superb image so well done.   Posted: 10/10/2020 05:15:21
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
Thanks! I like the idea of going square-ish. Think my brain has just gone muddled, not being able to shoot on any regular basis has really impacted my processing ability.   Posted: 10/10/2020 11:38:10

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
I suspect we have all been getting out and about less often and hence doing less photography than normal. However it was worth going out to take this. I like the subtle shades you seem to have gone to great lengths to achieve. I agree with Helen that a square crop would suit this image, it would also eliminate a bright area to the left. I would then try to tone down the bright area in the leaf at the bottom right of the stem. A lovely image Debbie.   Posted: 10/12/2020 11:34:10

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I have been enjoying the color lily images you have been posting to social media. This one is also appealing with the soft pinks and greens. I agree that a square crop would bring more focus to the subject. I am also thinking that adding some dynamic contrast just to the bloom would give it a bit more drama. I feel this is a lovely image, but that it is not quite finished. It seees to me to need something to "punch it up."   Posted: 10/17/2020 09:44:33

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
This is very beautiful. I especially like the composition with the blossoms a bit off center. The surrounding leaves are interesting in themselves but don't compete with the blossoms.   Posted: 10/18/2020 14:54:12


Please log in to post a comment