Ray Henrikson  

Emerging Flowers by Ray Henrikson

October 2020 - Emerging Flowers

About the Image(s)

Recently planted mums noted yesterday near where I live. I used a Canon Elph 180 camera and the image presented here is almost straight out of the camera. The developing flowers caught my eye and I thought there was artistic potential here. Not sure what I will do with the image and am waiting for thoughts and inspiration from the DD45 Group.

6 comments posted

David Terao   David Terao
Not sure what I would do with this image. I think there might be too many mums with no particular center of interest. I probably would not have captured so many of them in a single image, but rather concentrated on just one or a few of them...perhaps a macro shot of the one with the white outer petals. The lighting is also a little harsh. A diffuser would go a long way to tame the harsh shadows and soften the highlights.   Posted: 10/01/2020 13:59:58

Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
Nice colors and nice flowers. I can almost smell their scent. But at the same time my eyes are jumping around from one white flower to the next. For me, its too much. As suggested by David, selecting a few and concentrating on them would make a good photo.   Posted: 10/02/2020 11:03:07

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
Flowers are one of my favorite subjects. I can suggest 2 things to do with this photo. The first has to do with the rule of 3 in flower arranging or flower photography. Three blossoms or an uneven number is better than 2 or even number of blossoms of the same type. So I cropped your photo, picking out the 3 largest flowers. I rotated your image to make a triangle. The second thing to do is to make sure your focus blossoms are sharp. The large ones did not seem to be and they are the ones that will draw the eye. I used 'unsharp mask' in Photoshop to sharpen. Then I raised the contrast and vibrance of the flowers.   Posted: 10/06/2020 18:35:15
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Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
Phyllis, nice suggestion, it works for me, as I was pondering what to do with this image. Now, this revised image has some kind of center of focus instead of a rather random subjects and not sure of intent. Thanks.   Posted: 10/08/2020 21:56:34

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
I, too am drawn to mums. I think they make wonderful subjects. As stated above, I would like to see a little more focus in the flowers (they seem a little soft to me) and a focal point where I could rest my eye - maybe a butterfly. I like Phyllis' tighter crop.   Posted: 10/09/2020 09:11:13
Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
I realize there is no center of interest here. It's more of a texture or pattern photograph. I walked by that pot of mums and it grabbed me!!   Posted: 10/14/2020 10:59:26


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