Judith Lesnaw  

Covid Autumn by Judith Lesnaw

October 2020 - Covid Autumn

About the Image(s)

Several days ago I was out in my back yard in the evening. Leaves were just beginning to turn. Sunlight illuminated a few leaves overhead. I was struck by the mix of dark, mystical, and beautiful colors. I thought of how the image reflects our world, and entitled it: “COVID Autumn”. I used a Canon 80D with a Tamron 16-300mm lens at 300mm. Settings were: ISO 400; Aperture priority; 1/200 sec at f8.

12 comments posted

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
You achieved something very special with this image. The way the bokeh of the other flowers creates rays of complimentary light and colors emanating from the leaves that are the star of the show is fantastic. Super job. It's a shame that a leaf caused such a dark shadow on the upper left leaf, but only a minor concern to me. If you want to try this one again you might be able to pull that leaf back to avoid the shadow. I would also remove in post the point of the leaf sticking in on the left side. Great job Judith. This one is truly original and lovely.   Posted: 10/08/2020 15:55:07
Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Thank you so much!! I will try both of your suggestions.   Posted: 10/08/2020 16:06:15

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
What lovely colors you have captured. The leaves reach into the image with good color and texture. I would remove the small leaf on the left side. I would suggest filling in the black space at the top left. You can either clone, or in Photoshop>Edit>Content Aware Fill, use the paint brush to capture some of the area around the image. The colors are quite pretty and capture the feeling of Autumn.   Posted: 10/10/2020 06:41:17
Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Many thanks! I will work on your suggestions. For my eye that black space top left is part of the diagonal.   Posted: 10/15/2020 14:29:53

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
Beautiful composition and good eye to see this and then capture it. I love how the leaf tips point toward the wonderful blue and gold bokeh. A lot of complimentary colors that really attract and hold the eye. My only suggestion is a slight crop or removal of the leaf tip from the left side and maybe a slight crop on the right to remove the branch in the lower right corner. You may be able to use content aware to remove that branch as I would not want to crop much which would also remove the beautiful areas of the image. The shadows on the leafs don't really bother me as it gives an indication of the time of day.   Posted: 10/11/2020 12:42:00
Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Thanks Pamela. Is content aware photoshop or lightroom? I will try to remove those distractions.   Posted: 10/11/2020 13:37:23
Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
In Photoshop and I think also in Lightroom.   Posted: 10/11/2020 14:10:41

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
To me the colors are lush and lovely. I also think the soft diagonals in the top right cause my eye to travel right ot your subject. I wonder if the shadow in the top left could be opened up a bit? I would also suggest doing a little border patrol and removing the tiny "sticky outie" on the left and maybe also the little stem in the bottom right corner. Have you ever thought about applying some texture to imags like this one? I think, given your artistic eye, you could easily create something really unique with added texture. I have a very good book called "Art Beyond the lens" by Sarah Gardner that I think you would enjoy. She tells you exactly how to do it in Photoshop and shows many examples of her own work.   Posted: 10/15/2020 14:00:01
Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Many thanks for your comments and suggestions. What does adding texture mean? I am familiar with the "texture" slider in LR and do use it sometimes to bring out detail, but I a do not think you refer to that. I will indeed get that book. I have to come to grips with learning PS. Also I will try to remove those bits and pieces in PS. Ill post my results soon.   Posted: 10/15/2020 14:25:15

Ally Green   Ally Green
I really like this image...the colours are terrific and it has a mystical quality about it. I like the way the two leaves are branching off in two directions and the way you have positioned them. You have done a good job of making the leaves stand out against the bokeh affect of the background. Only suggestion is what Pamela has said about slight cropping to removed the leaf tip on the left and a bit of the branch on the right. Very striking image.   Posted: 10/15/2020 14:08:39

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Many thanks! I am working on removing those bits and pieces and will post results soon.   Posted: 10/15/2020 14:31:15

LC Boros   LC Boros
Good composition and colors: am I the only one that can't see the full image? See attached file. I've reloaded and tried other browsers and the bottom third is still truncated.   Posted: 10/20/2020 15:28:16


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