Henry Roberts  

Flaming Lily by Henry Roberts

January 2020 - Flaming Lily

January 2020 - Henry Roberts


About the Image(s)

With a Canon EOS 5DSR and Canon 100mm f2.8 lens at f16, 1/350, iso 800, probably hand held I photographed a lily in the garden, opened it in PS CC camera raw and played with the sliders to get something pleasing. In Topaz Studio 2 I tried various filters until settling on one that was dramatic (sorry, I don’t remember the name of the filter). As I look at it now, I think that I cropped the original image too tightly as two of the petals extend beyond the frame.

What do you think and what would you do differently?

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

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
I think the flame-like colouration is a definite improvement. I agree the flower has been a cropped a bit too tight. I would have taken the flower with a card or piece of cloth behind it as I think the background, as it is, detracts especially with the orange coloured bokeh   Posted: 01/11/2020 11:12:47
Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Good ideas Andrew. I have some spring reflectors of various sizes and some fabric samples I could experiment with next time.   Posted: 01/14/2020 15:11:15

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
The filtering you used definitely brought a flaming, passionate color to the flower, which made all the difference.
I think what you did to the background was a huge improvement. But I agree the cropping doesn't quite work.
One thing to try is to crop most of the top half out and work with the big flower on the bottom. (You might also want to play with cropping the bottom half out and work only with the top). With the effect you added the big flower looks so painterly. I also recommend that you look at Georgia O'Keefe paintings of flowers, you might find inspiration there.
I'd love to know which effect this was, i fyou figure it out let us know.   Posted: 01/11/2020 13:06:14

Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
I LOVE the color! You really did a nice job. I can go both ways as far as the cropping. If left as is, the background bokeh is a little distracting. I do like it cropped even tighter from the top just leaving the main flower. No matter what, it's a beautiful picture and the color is stunning!   Posted: 01/12/2020 07:29:12

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Good ideas Alison. I think i need to crop out the bottom half and work with the lines of the top half. And I will go on line to search out Georgia O'Keefe's work.

The filter? I will tonight see if I can find the name of the Topaz filter I used.   Posted: 01/14/2020 15:17:31

I like what you have done with this flower & think that the black background with the orange bokeh offsets the orange flower nicely, also providing some balance to the image.
I agree that a slightly looser crop may have been more pleasing, so that the centre of the large flower was a bit more in the frame.
Not sure if you use photoshop but I wonder if masking the filter so you can see the stamens would add a little more texture & interest.   Posted: 01/23/2020 01:41:21

Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
I really like what you did with the flowers and the back ground. I would take it a step further and crop just to leave the bottom flower, your subject, and fill the frame with it. I think it would make an amazing painterly picture.   Posted: 01/23/2020 09:47:11
Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Thanks Catherine, that is a good idea.   Posted: 01/23/2020 10:10:38