Jessica Manelis  

White Lily by Jessica Manelis

February 2021 - White Lily

About the Image(s)

I took this recently. I always struggle with whites, so I thought I would give it a try. I know there is a little bit of "reverb" around the edges. I shot it handheld and then processed in Topaz. I would love your thoughts.

5 comments posted

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Hi visiting from 48 & 80
I have always been a flower shooter and lately I have been working on improving my results. Sorry to say this one is not sharp. You might be able to improve it somewhat playing with textures. See Marie Altenburg's article in the January issue of the PSA journal. She does some marvelous work with textures and I've salvaged more than I can count after playing with them myself.   Posted: 02/04/2021 09:10:09

Mary Hinsen   Mary Hinsen
Hi Jessica, you have done well with the white and the balance of colours in the background. I love flowers, and like Beverly's suggestion of adding a texture. I would be interested to see what you come up with after giving that a go.   Posted: 02/10/2021 13:48:54

Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Hi Jessica. I don't shoot flowers too much but I seem to ponder over 'complete' DOF sharpness, or shallow, creative softness whenever I do. I think you have done well with whites on this image, which was your goal. Some of that and the sharpness issue Beverly mentions may come from the Topaz filter (s) you used. To me, looks like the filter added a glow, which is turn, is often just a form of blur. You may revisit that filter, and see if glow is part of the mix. Play around with that glow filter, maybe reduce it intensity and see if it brings back some sharpness. If you remove all the glow on the stamens/pistels (sp???) and keep some on the white petals, that may give the viewers eye a place to land. I agree also that adding some textures could benefit this shot.   Posted: 02/12/2021 15:22:31

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
You have a reasonably focused stamen, but after that, the rest of the flower is soft with a strange something going on around the borders of the petals and stem. To my eye, there are some blown out areas in the white petals and the background is a bit bright and distracting, especially the white bud at the top. Unfortunately, the far right petal of your flower merges with the white petal of the flower behind it.   Posted: 02/15/2021 16:00:39

Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
Jessica, I think the Topaz filter does blur your edges of your lily and you might try working on your original copy without the Topaz filter. I agree with Cindy that the petals from another flower are merged with your lily on the side and under the lily.   Posted: 02/16/2021 20:50:39


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