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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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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

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18 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

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
This is well done the way it is. The crop makes it a totally different feel. I first thought the original was a different image. You have turned the ordinary into an image with a lot of interest.

Congratulations on an excellent show at PhotographyWest, and done with cellphone pictures. A new age is upon us.   Posted: 01/29/2020 22:26:37
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
If the big camera manufacturers wer smart they. Would license Google's AI. I will never purchase another pro camera until it can match the performance of a high end phone.
The Google Pixel camera gives sharp, noiseless jpgs at very low ISO
And very very slow shutter speeds defying camera and lens physics. Yes even auto WB outperforms pro cameras. Each year provides new advances that relegate pro cameras to speciality uses. Even night photography has been automated by AI!   Posted: 01/30/2020 00:29:02

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
if the big camera manufacturers were smart they would license Google's AI. I won't purchase another pro camera until it can perform as well as a high end phone camera. The Google Pixel camera gives very low ISO, very slow shutter speed jpg pictures with no noise. The AI seems to defy camera and lens physics and gets better every year.   Posted: 01/29/2020 23:49:24

John Roach   John Roach
Jerry, interesting comment. I use Apple iPhone with plans to change anytime soon give it is synced with all my Apple devices. However, as you are user of Google Smart Phone, how do you control DOF?
Can you zoom effectively in changing light without getting too much noise? Can you do birds in flight or Waterfalls and control light with filters?   Posted: 01/30/2020 13:03:56
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
The only control for DOF is portrait mode. Anything else must be done in post processing.
The Pixel 4 introduced a telephoto lens. Noise is never an issue because I use the HDR mode. It uses the best elements of 15 images to produce excellent, sharp realistic results normally at very low ISO and slow shutter speeds. I have no interest in bird photography but I would think that would require a DSLR. The Pixel 4 is the only phone camera that allows adjustment of highlights and shadows before the picture is captured. No filters are available or needed. The Pixel 1-3 had a RAW mode but the AI is so good that it was dropped with the Pixel. 4. As soon as. The phone is connected to the internet all pictures are automatically uploaded to Google Photos and stored free, forever. So, 64GB of RAM is sufficient and there is no charge for cloud storage, of course anyone can use that free Google service for their jpgs. The   Posted: 01/30/2020 21:13:29
John Roach   John Roach
Interesting.   Posted: 01/31/2020 04:17:16
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Be assured I am not selling my D810, etc., but for foreign travel, I think a top of the line phone camera is ideal. Similarly, for shots of family and friends around the house or in restaurants, the Google Pixel is excellent and no flash is needed. Auto white balance with the Google cameras is much better than with my D810. It especially shines in a mixed lighting condition like in a church during daytime. I think the AI takes over and does an excellent job of color correcting for the wide disparity in WB. When I have a tight shot including an altar cloth, targeting the cloth for WB will make it slightly better and perfect to my eye. I'll send you a link to a show I just presented to my photo club. I only used my phone and Lightroom 6 with 2 exceptions that I note in captions. Anyone else wanting to see my presentation? Send me a note,   Posted: 01/31/2020 08:17:33

John Roach   John Roach
I just asked to satisfy my general curiosity. I like what I have. I am glad you have found something that works well for you.   Posted: 01/31/2020 08:28:48