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Details and Patterns by Jerry Funk

January 2020 - Details and Patterns

January 2020 - Jerry Funk

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January 2020 - Jerry Funk

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About the Image(s)

For "Details and Patterns", the challenge for me was to obtain the necessary
DOF, at least an inch, for the macro result I envisioned for this hibiscus. I'm usually too impatient to get it right.

I edited extensively to get the result I wanted. Should I darken the corners a bit?

Nikon D800, 105mm, ISO 200, 125th sec. f13

10 comments posted

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
The contrasting black swirling pattern on the petals and white stamen are very nice. Without adjustment, my reds convert to mid- to dark-grey. Your flower petals are light, almost white. Did you do any color adjustment before converting to monochrome?   Posted: 01/08/2020 12:15:19
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
My first interest was to draw attention to the swirl. I believe the petal tones were achieved by adjusting contrast and adding a vignette. Similarly, the center was brightened to emphasize the contrast between it and the swirl.   Posted: 01/08/2020 16:17:15
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
No, I didn't adjust color specifically as with HSL.   Posted: 01/20/2020 07:30:59

Don York   Don York
I would try reducing the overall brightness and you may see some better contrast between the flower elements.   Posted: 01/09/2020 13:45:44
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Thanks for the observation. I think I'll first try local adjustments in Lightroom. I just did a similar edit on a unique, miniature cactus flower.   Posted: 01/09/2020 13:56:45

John Roach   John Roach
This is a beautiful study. If your goal is to get me to roam around in the swirl, you achieved it. Only in Monochrome can this be achieved, I think. Nicely done.   Posted: 01/09/2020 20:51:30

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I like the sense of depth which this gives, but sorry, this photo doesn't click for me. The black swirl looks like a shadow, but then it can't be as it's a different shape to the mid ground detail which I first thought was casting it. The foreground detail looks blurred in the mono, although I don't think it is. To me, the colour version is more pleasing as the colour gives separation and lets my brain understand the picture more easily.   Posted: 01/13/2020 16:08:46
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
It was the ambiguity or conflict that you saw that appealed to me in this mono version. As you said, the color image clearly shows that it's not a shadow.   Posted: 01/15/2020 15:13:44

Abhijeet Banerjee   Abhijeet Banerjee
Good crop and I liked the black swirl in the centre. Forming good pattern. Petals are also forming some interesting background. Try to reduce the background brightness a bit. Stamens require more isolation from background.   Posted: 01/19/2020 07:02:32
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Thanks. I'll work on that   Posted: 01/20/2020 07:28:32


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