Lou Karcher  


Bird of Paradise by Lou Karcher

June 2020 - Bird of Paradise

About the Image(s)



Image is “Bird of Paradise” taken in Longwood Gardens with a Nikon D500 and a Tokina 16-50mm f2.8 lens. Focus distance was 18”, shutter speed 1/500 hand held, f11 aperture, ISO 320.

Cropped original then added vignette. Reduced noise and enhanced definition. Reduced green color of leaves then blackened, reducing both background leaf color and enhancing colors and detail in the flower, sharpened radius and edges


This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
(Groups 80 & 95)
I think the Bird of Paradise, for all its beauty, is one of the hardest flowers to photograph!! I'm wondering if you considered selecting a small piece of it, for instance on the upper left side, to focus on in lieu of the entire flower? One of the difficulties is its hazy white layer on a large part of the main part, the "head." Because it is white, it immediately draws my eye as a viewer, while the bright, clean parts are not as prominent due to busy or non-contrasty background or deep shadows in some places. Good use of vignette. Looks like you took it with a semi-wide angle lens?   Posted: 06/19/2020 10:49:51

Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
(Group 57)
I agree with Carol; I have shots of the 'Bird' in my library which I like but there is always something not right. As in many of my shots the leaves in the background just take away from the flowers beauty. And finding a creative crop could be cool; maybe rotate the flower and zoom in as Carol mentioned. I like the contrasting 'orange' and blue colors.   Posted: 06/19/2020 17:13:54

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
(Group 5)
I don't believe you realize that you put this same image in the April round!   Posted: 06/20/2020 17:12:20

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
While the composition is strong and the manner in which in muted the leaves adds pop to the over all image. For me blown highlights are always a turnoff. The blown out portions on the yellow leaves is particularly disturbing because the yellow leaves are the brightest part and they immediately draw the eye. Personally I would clone out the white tips on the ends of the blue flower parts because they also draw the eye. Finally I would suggest decreasing the exposure on the main body of the flower as it looks a bit washed out. This could be a quite stunning image of a difficult subject, the problem is "the devil is in the details!"   Posted: 06/28/2020 08:46:24

Lou Karcher   Lou Karcher
(Group 63)
Larry, your comments/suggestions and adding the reasoning behind them is helpful. I've been moved to G63 and hopefully will shortly have the info needed to submit a July photo. Otherwise, will 'see' you in a month.
Thanks, Lou   Posted: 06/28/2020 15:39:49