Jennifer Wilson  

Spring Awakening by Jennifer Wilson

May 2020 - Spring Awakening

About the Image(s)

I took my boys and my camera to one of the local parks that is not completely closed right now. One of the trees is budding so I took a few shots, I really liked the touch of backlight from the sun. Used my D500 with 105 Macro lens. 1/160, F13, ISO 800, I played with highlights and shadows a little bit, added some contrast, texture and vibrancy in Lightroom.

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7 comments posted

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Your capture of the bud is clean and sharply focused, and the colors against a simple background work well for it. Maybe shot from a different angle so that it doesn't compete with other elements? Or instead of f13, try f8 or shallower to eliminate the surrounding buds and twig parts? It is the large grey arch that distracts my eye the most, which I think a little perspective change might have eliminated?   Posted: 05/15/2020 22:44:48
Jennifer Wilson   Jennifer Wilson
When I have the time, I will have to go out and play around some more. I did like the V of the buds in this one more than the other comps I took that day. The chunk in the lower left definitely needs to go!   Posted: 05/21/2020 14:24:22

Lou Karcher   Lou Karcher
The buds of Spring tell a refreshingly warm story. I think having a bud stand alone in an image helps the viewer appreciate its varied colors and components. A vertical crop of the left 1/4 to 1/3 of image followed by painting (retouching)everything except your main bud with the grey background of your image might make your bud even more appealing.   Posted: 05/16/2020 16:23:31
Jennifer Wilson   Jennifer Wilson
I will have to try this!   Posted: 05/21/2020 14:24:33

Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Good job capturing this bud sharply. I agree with Carol that a shallower DOF using say f8 would make that first but stand out more. Saying that, I am attracted by that "V" presented by the two buds.   Posted: 05/17/2020 15:17:19
Jennifer Wilson   Jennifer Wilson
I do like the V as well but could see how a shallower DOF would work with it.   Posted: 05/21/2020 14:22:30

Doug Wolters
I, too love the bud. Something vertical like this is very hard to make a good composition. More of the tree in the background? Less? Closer in? I would like to see more of the bud in focus. At any event, the white in the branch needs to be toned down.   Posted: 05/21/2020 20:25:18