Jeffrey Klug, APSA  

Untitled by Jeffrey Klug, APSA

November 2019 - Untitled

November 2019 - Jeffrey Klug, APSA


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Info: Nikon D850 with 200-500mm lens at 450mm, 1/1000 @ f/8, ISO 200 Handheld.

While waiting for sunset on a group of lakes, I found this milkweed plant. I found it interesting. I thought a monochrome image would look better and be less distracting. I processed it in Lightroom then took it over to Luminar Flex, a plug-in for Lightroom. I removed the piece of grass on the upper right, then converted to monochrome using the Plus-x film conversion, this gave it a little grain (I always liked Plus-x film when I shot film) and it darkened the background. I then took it into Lightroom and adjusted the whites for a little more detail and soften the clarity just a little bit, then I added a vignette to the image.

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8 comments posted

Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
Although I love the muted brown and golden tones of the original colour image, I think converting it to monochrome and removing a few of the slightly distracting elements from the background takes this from a lovely nature shot to a delicate fine art piece.   Posted: 11/09/2019 17:51:11
Jeffrey Klug   Jeffrey Klug
Thanks, that is what I was going for.   Posted: 11/09/2019 22:10:30

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
I think the monochrome version is stronger. I would darken the brighter spots in the background, to keep my eye from drifting away from the main subject, and increase the details in the milkweed. I have always wanted to get a good shot of a milkweed. I'm jealous!   Posted: 11/11/2019 11:20:38
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Jeffrey Klug   Jeffrey Klug

I like your idea of darkening the background, what do you think of this version?   Posted: 11/12/2019 15:58:52
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Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
I like it very much. For me, it's more like a fine art work now.   Posted: 11/12/2019 16:14:01

David Price   David Price
I too like the mono version. Cindy has done a good job and I do prefer her version to your second. I think she has sharpened the "hairs" which makes them stand out more.   Posted: 11/13/2019 12:53:11

Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
A fine art work that is very well done. All comments before me are spot on.   Posted: 11/19/2019 09:48:20

Karl Hokanson   Karl Hokanson
Great shot. Agree with Cindy for the fine tuning.   Posted: 11/19/2019 16:48:18