Lynne Hollingsworth  

Tiny Pink Orchid by Lynne Hollingsworth

September 2019 - Tiny Pink Orchid

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This little cluster of flowers is very small and could be completely covered with a dime. This particular orchid blooms several times a year and although tiny, it's very bright pink and still puts on a show. Here I used my Nikon 104 macro lens to capture this image.

I lightened the bottom right to show the roots a bit as it didn't look balanced. Now I'm wondering if the roots are too thick, heavy and distracting. What do you all think?

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3 comments posted

Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
What an interesting image. It has this Dark and Moody feel with the low key presentation and the rim lighting. That being said, I find myself wishing that I could see more the central subject, and that the rim lighting associated with the blooms not be as harsh as it appears in this presentation. If this were my images, I would be tempted to increase the detail in the shadows just a bit so that the central area of the main subject contained a bit more detail, and I would reduce the intensity of the bright highlights such that the wonderful detail in the blooms were more evident. Finally to my eye the image looks a bit unbalance. I do appreciate that the main subject is on a power third, and that you have left room for the stem (?) to move outward from the bloom to the left. However, since the stem is so dark and there is so little detail visible in this element, to my eye it fails to carry its weight in filling the space you have provided, and the result is a lot of empty space with little detain to anchor it.

I have edited this image with these thoughts in mind and had attached it here to illustrate my thoughts. See what you think.   Posted: 09/18/2019 11:52:22
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Oscar Pung   Oscar Pung
Lovely image Lynne. The pinks and greens of the orchid against the black are beautiful. I also like the light streaming in from the left and how it illuminates the plant on both the left and the right sides. (I do like how Charlie has subtly tweaked the intensity.) The angled line of light suggesting the surface of the stone wall (?) helps draw my eye to the plant. To me, the roots add interest and the negative space works well. I'd be inclined to stick with your original crop.   Posted: 09/19/2019 11:59:26

Angela Chan   Angela Chan
Hi Lynn, I love orchid and this is a very lovely one.
I like how we are seeing the plant behind the light that come from the other side. Shadows add texture and mood to the image.
In the first version I probably would brighten less of the root ( left side ) so that it look a bit slimmer.
I like Charle's crop better. My favorite crop is actually golden ration instead of rule of the third if my focus need to be a little bit more centralize than a third .   Posted: 09/28/2019 21:32:38