Jan Lightfoot  


bee and lavender by Jan Lightfoot

May 2020 - bee and lavender

May 2020 - Jan Lightfoot

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These last few weeks have allowed me to really focus on some personal projects. I've been wanting to use my old light table for ages. I finally brought it down with help from my husband (it's 42"x16") from storage upstairs, dusted it off, then went outside and cut some lavender from the yard. I set up several compositions, and then bracketed about 7 or 8 exposures from over to underexposed, then put them through an HDR program. I liked the the result, but it needed something. I took my camera back outside with my 100-400 and photographed tons of bees. I found one I liked and did a composite in PS. The composite ended up in Topaz where I found a textured background that resembles rice paper.


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13 comments posted

Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
I absolutely love this Jan!! Everything you did really took thought and creativity.
Well done! This would make a great Mother's Day Card.   Posted: 05/05/2020 18:45:09
Jan Lightfoot   Jan Lightfoot
Thanks Kathy!   Posted: 05/31/2020 15:54:49

Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Jan, This is beautifully crafted. I think you've succeeded in creating a very nice image. My only suggestion might be to work on making the bee more prominent in some way. I wondered if a bee in flight away from the flowers might have more visual impact, as it takes a little time to discover the bee on the flower given how similar its color range is to the flower.   Posted: 05/11/2020 20:01:29
Jan Lightfoot   Jan Lightfoot
Thanks Brad, I may try a copy with the bee in flight.   Posted: 05/31/2020 15:55:41

Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
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Brilliant composition and the textured BG makes it complete. I personally like the bee as it is so it does not distract from the flowers but does add another element.   Posted: 05/15/2020 10:50:54
Jan Lightfoot   Jan Lightfoot
Thank you!   Posted: 05/31/2020 15:56:05

Lisa Nathan   Lisa Nathan
I love the fine art feel of this image. Nice work. I really like the original image and the texture adds just the right amount of creativity.   Posted: 05/17/2020 09:57:42

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Jan, I like your delicate soft artistic creation. The pink, muted, back-lit, lavender speaks of beauty and repose. The Topaz textured background compliments the lavender. The variation in height of the lavender is interesting. I would like this as mounted art on our living room wall or perhaps on the wall of a restored victorian home. I find no suggestions to make. Beautiful, delicate art!   Posted: 05/17/2020 10:48:27
Jan Lightfoot   Jan Lightfoot
Thank you Henry!   Posted: 05/31/2020 15:56:36

Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
Yes! I agree completely, I have transformed every horizontal surface into little photo setups. The top of the dryer is for light painting. I have the water drops out, all four light boxes, a light tent, etc. I went from viewing this as #stuckathome to #safeathome to my "Artist in Residence" period

I love the flowers used and the composition. The Bee adds a wonderful element not present in many lightbox images -- what a cool addition.

The rice paper texture adds to the feel of the image. I love hi key images because it is so easy to add a texture using multiply blend mode and nothing else

The only thing I can think of to improve it to heal a few of the white lines in the texture, top, as they are a little distracting

wonderful creation! Especially during this time!   Posted: 05/31/2020 11:52:35
Jan Lightfoot   Jan Lightfoot
Thanks Lisa, I love the descriptions of your transitions, I feel the same way!   Posted: 05/31/2020 15:58:46

Maryellen Bauer   Maryellen Bauer
This is so pretty....love the soft colors and textures. The little bee is perfect. It's such a calming image....something I can really appreciate right now.   Posted: 05/31/2020 12:23:03
Jan Lightfoot   Jan Lightfoot
Thanks Maryellen!   Posted: 05/31/2020 15:59:09