Bernie Groome  


Rocktrumpet and Bark by Bernie Groome

September 2020 - Rocktrumpet and Bark

About the Image(s)

Nikon D5600
100 mm
1/125 sec
f/20
ISO 250
I used Adobe Photo Elements 2020 to crop, adjust exposure and sharpen.


12 comments posted




Emmy Denton   Emmy Denton
Hi Bernie, your image is sharp and you have a nice pleasing composition. What a beautiful flower. I feel as though the background is competing with the flower for attention so I suggest you consider darkening the background slightly and making it less contrasty to see if if it improves the image to your eye. I did some of the adjustments I suggested, let me know what you think.   Posted: 09/07/2020 05:19:22
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Bernie Groome   Bernie Groome
I like it Emmy. Thanks   Posted: 09/07/2020 13:09:31



Damon Williams   Damon Williams
Hey Bernie,
nice work. I think you nailed the exposure of the subject, giving it lots of subtle texture, helping it appear lifelike and three-dimensional. Color is right on for me too, and everything looks very natural.

I agree with the others that it might help to separate the subject from the background more. You could that lots of different ways, but only have so many options once you're in post production.

IMHO, a photo like this is kind of a portrait, or at least has many elements of a portrait. Something that I learned in the PSA Individual Photography course, and which I'd never really heard before, is to be VERY conscious of your background when you're doing portrait stuff. Even if you can separate your subject from the background with DoF, a bright spot or lines or whatever, can draw the eye away from the subject. You've done a good job of avoiding any hot spots in the background, but the proximity of the background to the subject presents challenges.   Posted: 09/07/2020 19:54:22



Jane Pittenger   Jane Pittenger
I'm a bit late to the party and others have commented on the same things as I would...gorgeous flower and bud perfectly exposed and nice and sharp throughout. I like your composition with the sense of the flower wrapping around and snuggling in to the tree. I guess my question for you would be "is the flower the main subject or is it the relationship between the flower and the tree?" If the former, I think Emmy did a nice job of making the tree drop back in importance   Posted: 09/08/2020 13:24:15



Bernie Groome   Bernie Groome
I understand and appreciate everyone comments about separating the tree from the flower but I just liked the flower against the bark. The flower is on a vine with many blooms. I could have captured another bloomed and "bokehed" the background but I thought the flower with the pattern of the bark was somewhat unique.   Posted: 09/10/2020 09:30:46
Damon Williams   Damon Williams
You know Bernie, I just recently heard something that I TOTALLY need to take to heart. The point was that one needs to SEE the image, and not FEEL the image. I think that's totally true. When I look back on my most of the images that I've taken and like, it's because I had some emotional connection to the image. but when I look at it later, I just don't get it.
So, the point, I think, for me, of creating images that more effectively speak to OTHER folks, is to see it from a kind of detached positions. I'm still working on this. It's going to take time.   Posted: 09/11/2020 23:53:13



Richard Story   Richard Story
Bernie,
FIRST THING FIRST.
YOU HANDLED THE WHITES BEAUTIFULLY, AND YOU CHOICE OF F/22,HELP YOU GET FOCUS THROUGHOUT.
YOU HAVE SHARP DETAILS IN ALL THE PEDALS, AND THE BARK IN THE BACK, I LIKE THE CONCEPT OF YOU WERE GOING FOR.
NOTHING WRONG WITH THE COMPOSITION OF WHERE YOU PLACED THE FLOWER IN THE FRAME, THE EXPOSURE MAYBE JUST A LITTLE BRIGHTER 1/4 OR 1/2 STOP MORE, NO BIG DEAL.

MY ONLY THOUGHT TO IMPROVE THIS IS IF POSSIBLE MORE YOUR FEET.
IF POSSIBLE MOVE MORE TO THE LEFT PUTTING THE FLOWER COMPLETELY IN FRONT OF THE BARK, THUS GETTING RID OF THE GREEN LEAVES IN THE BACK THE LITTLE BUDS ADD DEPTH TO THE FLOWER.
I DON'T KNOW IF IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO ARRANGE THE FLOWER TO ACHIEVE WHAT YOU WANTED, I DO IT WHENEVER I CAN, THANKS TO ZIP TIES, STRING, RUBBER BANDS AND SMALL CLIPS

WHAT ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE???
  Posted: 09/13/2020 10:07:47
Bernie Groome   Bernie Groome
I agree Richard. That's something I'm learning. One of my instructors likes to remind his students about composition (that I forgot this time) "up,down, and all around".   Posted: 09/14/2020 07:59:30



Dianne Arrigoni   Dianne Arrigoni
Hi Bernie. A beautiful composition with great texture and the contrast between the tree trunk and the delicate flower is interesting. All the comments so far have been great and it got me thinking about different approaches to editing it. In LR tried the approach of making the flower the main subject and everything else supporting the flower. Like Emmy suggested I think the tree should be darker but I used the vignette tool to burn everything around it. Then with the brush tool I dodged the stem,leaf and flower bud to highlight that a bit. Then again with the brush tool I upped the clarity of the stem, bud and flower to make them pop a little. It was fun to play with. You might think it too much but thought I throw it out there.
  Posted: 09/15/2020 20:01:12
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Damon Williams   Damon Williams
Right. Vignette. That's one of the tools in my bag that I often forget but man it can work wonders. No? Good call.   Posted: 09/18/2020 03:24:53



Dianne Arrigoni   Dianne Arrigoni
Hi Bernie. A beautiful composition with great texture and the contrast between the tree trunk and the delicate flower is interesting. All the comments so far have been great and it got me thinking about different approaches to editing it. In LR tried the approach of making the flower the main subject and everything else supporting the flower. Like Emmy suggested I think the tree should be darker but I used the vignette tool to burn everything around it. Then with the brush tool I dodged the stem,leaf and flower bud to highlight that a bit. Then again with the brush tool I upped the clarity of the stem, bud and flower to make them pop a little. It was fun to play with. You might think it too much but thought I throw it out there.
  Posted: 09/15/2020 20:01:15
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Bernie Groome   Bernie Groome
Thanks. I like hearing the different ideas.   Posted: 09/15/2020 20:06:52



 

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