Lou Karcher  

Lady Slipper by Lou Karcher

March 2020 - Lady Slipper

About the Image(s)

“Welcome Jennifer!”

My image this month was taken at Longwood Gardens PA.; believe it’s a Lady Slipper in pre-bloom state. Taken with a Nikon D500 and a Tokina AT-X DX f2.8 16-50mm lens.

Shot with a focal length of 50mm , manual focus at 24 inches, 1/500 pre-set (hand held), f11, ISO 1600. Cropped tightly (original had two plants, darkened green moss on bark, sharpened radius, enhanced some colors.

7 comments posted

Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Beautiful capture Lou. Nice color and I think the center placement and tight work well for this image. You got good depth of field for this considering the 50mm focus length. Maybe boosting the shadow/dark area right at the bottom of the 'cup' might give more separation from the dark background underneath it.   Posted: 03/03/2020 16:14:02
Lou Karcher   Lou Karcher
Agree. Used a vignette to darken both top & bottom and didn't like the effect on the top when it was cut back. Dark bottom was the lesser of two evils; suggestions for a different approach always welcomed. Thanks,Bob   Posted: 03/03/2020 16:34:21

Denise McKay   Denise McKay
Hi Lou. I love Longwood Gardens since I visited for the first time last year. I'm dying to go back.

You chose a very interesting and colorful plant for your photo. If you were thinking this is a Lady Slipper Orchid, it is not. There may be other plants named Lady Slipper, but I don't know what this is!

I really like the composition, since this is such a curvy plant. The vertical crop and center framing were great choices for this subject. I wish the background wasn't so busy as I find it distracting. There are such pretty patterns and colors in the flower but the blob of roots at the top, and dark bottom don't compliment it very well in my opinion.

I agree with Bob that maybe if you opened up the shadows at the bottom (or took out the vignette), it might help this stand out a little better from the background. But I also wish it were in a different setting so that the flower could really shine, LOL. But that's where it was!

  Posted: 03/05/2020 19:22:31
Lou Karcher   Lou Karcher
Agree with you about the distractions. Without the vignette,the roots on top were more distracting but it also resulted in the dark background on the bottom. Your on the money re a different setting for the plant but that option would have put me in a different setting - behind bars. Enjoy your weekend!   Posted: 03/07/2020 01:33:07

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
The curves and patterns work well in this. More softness and less competition from the background would make this work better for me personally. I find too much competition from the busy textures of the background. Another thing that is affecting my view are the two strong highlights, which I believe a diffuser or a bounce light could have prevented. I say bounce light because I feel that would also give some "pop" for me on the flower itself. I keep hearing about Longwood--perhaps one day I'll make it there!
  Posted: 03/22/2020 13:06:02

Lou Karcher   Lou Karcher
Thanks for your very helpful critique and suggestions. If you do visit Longwood, let us know. Perhaps one or more of us could meet you there. Stay well - thoughts and prayers.   Posted: 03/23/2020 07:56:01

Doug Wolters
The lady slipper is great. It's hard to shoot in direct sunlight. Maybe a diffuser? Maybe have someone cast a shadow? Frustrating when the subject is so good and the background isn't.   Posted: 03/23/2020 17:26:45


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