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Bananas by Debbie Perez

February 2021 - Bananas

February 2021 - Debbie Perez


About the Image(s)

Cleaned all contact surfaces on my Canon RP and reset numerous things then took it on a walk. I spend a lit of rime in Washington Oaks State Park because not a whole lot of people and I can usually find something to photograph. This banana blossom is very close to the walking path (and people do take bananas from it when they are a bit closer to the ground). I wanted the final photograph to really focus on the blossom and fruit so I did crop it. I used a quick conversion in CLiR and did the first cut to B&W. Because there is some really strong light in the original photo, I did multiple B&W conversions in Nik Silver Effects, then using "blend if" in PS to sort of bring in the darKness i wanted while keeping the highlights. I also did a lot of layered dodging and burning between the Nik layers. This is where I landed! Hope everyone is staying safe.

9 comments posted

Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
There is a lot going on here Debbie and I can see the Bananas and the, what I presume to be,. flower head hanging down. At first glance I felt it very confusing as there is a lot of similar tones behind then bright backlighting behind them again. However on sitting back and studying it for a bit longer, the composition is stronger and the bananas and flower head become much clearer. Almost got a 3D effect. Just goes to show, images need to be studied and not rushed. the darker leaves on the right are interesting and have a metallic look about them.   Posted: 02/07/2021 04:35:28
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
I have to admit it took a while for me to like this photo. I had to let it grow on me, lol! The original was okay but I wanted to really focus on the banana bud. I guess I don't understand how the bananas come from that bud which never really opens. Maybe it's an alien plant.   Posted: 02/16/2021 10:06:57

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
You have turned this in to a very dramatic image. The banana plants almost seem like aliens and remind me of those in the novel The Day of the Triffids by Jon Wyndham. I think you've cropped and processed this brilliantly to make the most of the original. This is very unusual and imaginative work.   Posted: 02/14/2021 08:44:54
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
Thanks, they are alien. Whenever I see those buds, I wonder what is going on inside of it. It isn't uncommon to see banana's blooming around the area but I have never gotten too close to one. Must be afraid it will bite, lol!   Posted: 02/16/2021 10:12:16

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I am always looking at my images to find the "image within the image," and I think you have done that brilliantly here. The bright beam of light directs my eye precisely toward the bananas. It is only when I click on your image to see the larger version thaat I realize the texture you have applied. I think it works well here. Thanks for explaining your post processing. I can't wait to try that!   Posted: 02/14/2021 11:28:15
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
I think I added the textural effect in Topaz but I didn't note so not really sure. I'm to the point (desperation) that I'm using processing elements from my regular photos (which as you know I process, process, process) to the IR workflow. I have found that using some color overlays on an ir can render some very interesting results. Even though I'm weeks passed the second dose of Moderna, Fl is just not a safe area with all the variants so I still hesitant to go many places.   Posted: 02/16/2021 10:18:21

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
The bananas have so much bright area surrounding them that they don't stand out as I feel they should. Perhaps a tighter cropping and toning down the bright area would show them better.   Posted: 02/18/2021 08:38:08

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
I like the almost glowing effect you have going on in the middle of the image. The bright area draws me into the middle of the image. Nice us of cropping.   Posted: 02/19/2021 12:39:11

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
Bananas under a tropical moon! Can feel the humid heat and hear the night creatures calling. Well done.
I think your crop is spot on but shame you had to lose that cute bridge. Time for another walk!
  Posted: 02/20/2021 11:06:23


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