Judith Lesnaw  

First Yellow by Judith Lesnaw

September 2020 - First Yellow

September 2020 - Judith Lesnaw


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Early this Spring, before COVID-19 reared its haloed head, I delighted in the first bright yellow to appear in my garden: Forsythia bushes. Near sunset the backlit leaves seemed to be aglow. The light lasted but a few moments during which I captured the magic in a high key I call “First Yellow”.

I used a Canon 80 D and Tamron 16-300 lens at 300 mm. Settings were: 1/500 sec at f 6.3, ISO 1000. Post processing was with Light Room in which I cropped, brightened the yellow, and added a bit of a white vignette.

5 comments posted

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Very pretty. The yellow does glow beautifully. I like your use of a white vignette for this image. Being the non-purist that I am, I think I'd remove the flower in the upper left quadrant as it seems to distract my eye. The other background flowers don't have that effect on me although it might be a stronger image without them as well. It would be a project, depending upon your masking skills, but could be done. I also notice what looks to me like some halo effect on the leaf pointing down on the right side of the frame. If you also don't like that, I think it could be easily fixed in PS with some careful cloning.   Posted: 09/08/2020 10:27:23

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
I like that you chose to process this flower in high key. I agree with Mike about the soft background flower in the top left. It seems out of place but since there are several soft petals at the bottom they don't bother me as they seem to fill the void. I think I would consider cropping in more on the right as that flower is more forward and out of focus. It seems like Spring was a long time ago 😊   Posted: 09/09/2020 23:30:47

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
The high key and white vignette work well for this image. Stopping down your aperture to perhaps f/11 or f/16 might have given you a sharper image of the leaves on the right. Since the center leaves are the sharpest I suggest cropping so they are on a power point. In that way, the beginning group of flowers on the left would lead my eye to the sharpest point. Your colors compliment each other and are lovely.   Posted: 09/10/2020 08:53:39

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
For me the "party" in this image is in the center area (see my visual feedback) and the rest of the image just pulls me away from that part - especially the little twig that leads my eye upward and out of the frame. I would consider a fairly significant crop. I like the brightness of the image, but I think using tihe clarity slider in LR to pull out a little more detail would be something to try.   Posted: 09/13/2020 11:49:42
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Ally Green   Ally Green
The 'First Yellow' is certainly very vibrant and a nice shade of yellow and like the 'High Key' contrast. My eye is drawn to the centre buds which don't appear to be in focus which is a bit distracting. I like the composition of the petals and their soft lines.   Posted: 09/15/2020 16:45:58


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