Cora Rosenhaft  

Maple Seeds in the Rain by Cora Rosenhaft

May 2020 - Maple Seeds in the Rain

About the Image(s)

I have been trying to get into the habit of taking pictures more often despite staying home all of the time. This has been especially challenging since we have had a lot of cool rainy days that makes exploring outside in the neighborhood unpleasant. I took this image in my front yard on one such day. The original image was a little bit soft and the sky was an uninteresting gray so I decided to experiment in Lightroom to try for a painterly effect. I tried a couple of the presets that came with Lightroom and decided I liked the look of this one. It made the colors pop which was a bit unnatural, but I was going for an unnatural look so I thought that was OK. I am not sure I like the stems being so out of focus. Would try again with a larger depth of field, but the tree now has leaves instead of the seeds.

3 comments posted

Tom Brott   Tom Brott
I like the concept and the colors. I would suggest that you might want to consider removing the green piece in the dead center bottom and also the brown and out of focus stem on the bottom right of the center of the seeds. Those seem to be distractions for me.   Posted: 05/20/2020 11:16:48

Graham Fisher   Graham Fisher
Great concept and I really like the colors against the background with a hint of pink and blue. The features at the bottom that Tom mentioned did not distract me but cloning them out is a good idea to open up the negative space of the background.
The things that bother me the most are the out of focus stems as you commented Cora. Cloning them out might work but then the other parts have no support. Even so, the other parts are so good that with a simple message like 'thank you' or 'get well' it could be another in your series of greeting cards.
Watch out for Cora's Cards in the future folks!   Posted: 05/21/2020 21:25:57

Fred Doerfler   Fred Doerfler
I agree with Tom to clean up the background. I feel the red stems anchor the maple seeds and are fine from my viewpoint. My only suggestion would be to have the 3 maple seeds sharp in the foreground sharp and keep the rest of the image with a soft blurred. The 3 maple seeds in the foreground creates a diagonal line. Maybe a little less crop on the top to give the seedling some room?   Posted: 05/23/2020 19:47:49


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