Ed Ford  

Just Hanging Out by Ed Ford

January 2020 - Just Hanging Out

January 2020 - Ed Ford


About the Image(s)

This was not so much to tell a story. Rather it was a study in the texture found in some plants and jn their see pods. I like the Monochrome version better than the original color version. I did not make many other changes besides the converson to Monochrome and increasing the contrast. I chose to leave the background lighter in contrast to the darker pod.

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5 comments posted

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Very simple yet elegant, Ed. For me the point of interest is the revealing of the center part. It's more noticeable in the color version, which, for that reason, is somewhat more effective for me. You might be able to work on the tones so that it is of a different tone in the black and white and stands out more, for example, by darkening the petals above it just a bit. I also think this image might benefit from a subtle vignette, in addition to the frame. Overall, very nice.   Posted: 01/03/2020 13:08:44

Don Crow   Don Crow
This is a very interesting image. It's difficult to make a good b&w of flowers. I think you did well. I too would try to bring out the center of the flower. I would also select the flower and blur the background that I find a little distracting.
nice image   Posted: 01/10/2020 11:57:58

Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
I feel you bring out the texture of the pod very well, Ed.
I like the idea of a slight vignette as Jack suggests. To my eye a little more contrast would add more emphasis.
Thank you for a pleasing image.   Posted: 01/11/2020 15:43:58

John Erve   John Erve
Ed, What catches my eye is the stalk coming down from the top of the image and my first thought is whether it was flipped. There is nice detail and I can enjoy the textures of the flower. I agree with your conversion to BW so that the image emphasizes the organic shapes and textures rather than the colors. I also think the border works well. My only suggestion is to darken or remove the two light spots in the top left corner. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 01/22/2020 20:06:08

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Ed, I like the texture of the pod in B&W, but I'm not sure the conversion makes the overall image better than the colour version (once worked on). I think that in B&W, one will always be fighting the bright background, while in colour the grey pod with its yellow centre stands out better from its surroundings. A very central flower study like this has to shine I feel vs its background. Thank you for sharing.   Posted: 01/27/2020 10:53:12