Emil Davidzuk  

Black Eyed Susan by Emil Davidzuk

May 2020 - Black Eyed Susan

May 2020 - Emil Davidzuk


About the Image(s)

Workflow: I convert my color images using Topaz Studio 2, I then useLR to dodge and burn and PS CC for touch up.Shot with Canon 7D, 100nm Macro 1/8000 sec f4.5, ISO 640, -1 EV

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10 comments posted

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Emil, welcome to group 62! I hope you find it both useful and enjoyable!

I really like this month's image. The back-lighting of the flower petals is very nicely handled and shows off their texture perfectly. Also, the shadows of the Black Eyed Susans make the image very well balanced. Well done!

There's little to find that might improve this photograph. The only nit that I can suggest is that you slightly darken the area under the left-most flower. Its brightness tends to pull my eyes from the primary point of interest.

Great job!
  Posted: 05/02/2020 19:55:38

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk
To all,

I want to thank Oliver for the warm welcome and comments on my first submittal.

I am very happy to be part of this group. I have scanned the May submittals and they are all well done. I will have to work to keep up


Emil   Posted: 05/03/2020 12:16:50

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Yes, I second Oliver's welcome to our Group 62, Emil, I am glad you are here!

You are a fantastic photographer, Emil; I checked out your Fine Art Photography page online. I love your black and white work, especially Monterey Surf. Looking at that images makes me feel like I could just walk right into those waves; the highlights are at a perfect level of brightness for me --beautifully done.

I look forward to learning from you, and I am glad to have you a part of our group. I want to study your image you submitted to this group, and I will come back with my thoughts.

Best regards, LuAnn Thatcher   Posted: 05/03/2020 12:27:30

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Welcome Emil. Happy to have you in our group. Beautiful IR images and landscape compositions I find with your name. I really like this image of the texture with the view underneath the black eyed Susies. Very sharp and good tonal range. I would of tried to compose with the top of the image having a darker background. My eye is drawn to the top right corner of the image and nothing is there. Cropping down to the top of the pedals, cuts that dark side of another Susy in half. And understand why you didn't. The real problem is finding many compositions for us older folks to get the underside of the flowers and then getting up from. Great vision.   Posted: 05/03/2020 16:43:49

Gary Stiger   Gary Stiger
Great mono Emil and very competitive with LuAnn's tulip. I can't add any more accolades than what has already been said by my colleagues. This is a beautiful picture. I was especially impressed with your Fine Art Collections and really get into the mono, old car city, shuttered places, interesting spaces and I'm sure many others that I have only begun to look at. Welcome to the group… these folks are serious contenders, and obviously you are too.   Posted: 05/04/2020 23:06:34

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher

I have to say I find something unique about how you edited your flowers above. There is something about the softness of the color and texture that is very striking. I see the soft light petals but the light is not harsh or too soft. The leaves and stem are darker in tone but not dark or over texturized. This is a beautiful image.

Could you please tell us a little more about how to achieve this soft elegant look and feel with flowers? Would I be correct to say it is the attention to detail in the dodging and burning?

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 05/08/2020 17:20:33

Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Emil welcome to group 62.
This is a truly wonderful group of like-minded people.
I personally learned a lot and continue to expand my skills from members of our group.
I visited your page on Fine Art America, excellent photos, there is something to learn from you.
I agree with everything that is written, a great photo.

Good luck to you.

Israel   Posted: 05/09/2020 00:47:25

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Thanks for your kind words. I did darken the upper right and the light area below the lower left flower based on your collective feedback.

Emil   Posted: 05/09/2020 07:18:11

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk
LuAnn and Group,

I have learned how to use the Lightroom radial filter and the adjustment brush to dodge and burn areas of my images. I use Photoshop where needed but I find I can do a lot more than I realized in LR. I have become a huge fan of St Louis's Jack Curran who is an extraordinary black and white landscape photographer. I attended a lecture early last year where he demonstrated how he uses LR in post processing and it is all he uses. I become a fan of his LR workflow. He has about a dozen YouTube videos and I have included the link below of his LR tutorial below:


Emil   Posted: 05/09/2020 07:28:42
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Emil, I had not previously discovered Jack Curran; however, his tutorial is fabulous. I'll finish the hour-long video you linked to and then explore his other offerings. Thank you, I really appreciate the information!

  Posted: 05/09/2020 08:07:30