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Fronds by Stuart Ord

September 2020 - Fronds

About the Image(s)

I went out with the aim of capturing a photo with deliberate blur and movement in it, and I figured that these plants (weeds?) might work well as it was windy. On putting them in my computer I reckoned it hadn’t worked well, but the more sharp pictures could be processed into a mono abstract.

Olympus OM-D-EM1ii, 60mm macro lens. The exposure was 1/5sec, f20, ISO 64, natural light. Processed in Affinity from a raw file.

10 comments posted

Don York   Don York
Stuart, My problem with this image is I cannot look at for long without getting dizzy, so you may have achieved your effect very well.   Posted: 09/07/2020 10:51:46

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
You completed the planned assignment well, but I can't say I like the image that well. I am not a fan of images like this. If you can put something in it that is interesting and draws attention, I would prefer it. This might make a great background for something else or with a blending action add an interesting texture to some creative expression image.   Posted: 09/09/2020 05:36:34
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I've got to agree with you both! Sorry, I was in a bit of a hurry to find one this month so I was tempted to be bold, but it's hardly exciting.
Next month mine will probably be a monochrome a la links posted by John on the discussion board, so should be more interesting.   Posted: 09/09/2020 05:55:17
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
There are times when we want to post something current, but don't have anything current that is what we would like to post. I am in that period right now. We are scheduled to spend a couple weeks in Oregon leaving on a road trip on a couple days. Hopefully I will have some new material if the fires don't get me and the smoke allows good photography. Pray for rain in Oregon.   Posted: 09/09/2020 22:27:25
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
We were shown the current red skies in California on the TV News last night. Reminds me of a similar situation in Sidney Australia a couple of years ago (I also only saw this on TV). Take care!   Posted: 09/10/2020 04:06:03
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
We just held up on going to Oregon for a couple of weeks. Waiting for the fires to break or planning to go somewhere else this fall. Smoke shots are not what we are looking for.   Posted: 09/11/2020 17:52:42

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
I couldn't find anything to grab onto and found this to be a distraction. I would prefer something from my vision to land on. That said this image could be the basis for an interesting texture effect.   Posted: 09/10/2020 09:22:56

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I make fascinating patterns like this, but I too struggle to make them interesting. Sometimes, adding colors produces pleasing results. It has also helped me learn the color wheel in selecting and placing my colors for a creative effect.   Posted: 09/14/2020 17:21:44
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
That sounds like a good diversion, Jerry. We have a long weekend away in our motorhome coming up in a couple of days(Camping and Caravanning Club Photo Group). Alas Covid restrictions mean we can't have our usual social meetings and evening talks etc, so more free time to be filled. I've got a few photography projects to do and will add that idea. Results can't be seen here, of course!   Posted: 09/15/2020 02:28:01

John Roach   John Roach
Stuart, I can't say that I like this image. For an abstract, I would prefer to see some pattern and pleasing tonal variation. Here, I can't find something to grab hold of in order to delight or savor in order to find it satisfying to staying within the frame.   Posted: 09/15/2020 13:27:10


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