Lynne Hollingsworth  

Green Curl by Lynne Hollingsworth

January 2020 - Green Curl

About the Image(s)

I took this image recently in the botanical garden near me. It's a fast growing vine that produces large white flowers that bloom in the afternoon and only last one day. I cropped, darkened the background, then moved the image into Topaz and applied a filter.

The shape and texture of the ed leaf before it unfurled drew me in, as well as the many geometric shapes; circular unfurled leaf, straight lines in the stem, the stem itself and the triangular shape of the leaf behind the stem. I'm always happy to find natural shapes in nature, particularly with as plants as they grow and mature. Unlike most of the country, it's planting time here in central & south Florida so there are more opportunities for new growth. Let me know your thoughts on the composition and background and anything else you feel should be addressed.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
(Group 57)
Hi Lynne, just visiting from Group 60. Luv this image, nice capture. The leading lines and geometric shapes are really interesting As a former Fl resident, I sometimes miss the new growth that comes when the rest of us are in deep winter. Well done !   Posted: 01/10/2020 11:45:00

Vinod Kulkarni
Hi Lynne,
Very beautifully composed and the focus area in the centre which is the curved leave looks really nice in the entire frame.

I would however clear the noise / pixel grains which are visible so that the image can look event better.

Vinod K   Posted: 01/13/2020 11:15:59

Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
What a wonderfull view of something we might just overlook and pass by. You have accomplished something here that I strive in my own macrophotography, to make the common place, uncommon. Well seen and well captured.

I am especially enjoying the cool, fresh color pallet these greens impart. The composition is excellent with a pleasing set of leading lines and curves (as noted earlier). I respectively disagree with Vinod's comments regarding the noise. In this case I feel that it adds just a note of texture which fits in effectively with this image. I think that we need to be aware that we can make our images look "too perfect" bordering on the artifactual, and this can distract from our presentations. I know that I have been guilty of doing just this and recently have been adding a bit of texture back into the background of some of my images.

Just my thought and I would be interested in hearing from the jest of you regarding this point.
  Posted: 01/15/2020 15:18:57
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Charlie, a lot of the work I've seen with natural subjects tends to have a textured look with a mild grunge. But there is little funny about the sky.   Posted: 01/23/2020 17:34:39

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Hi Lynn,
The is a lot to like in your image. The range of tonality blends beautifully with the natural beauty of the lines and curves. At first glance I thought here might be too much green on the left, but after several looks, I think the subtlety of tonal the green total range adds a pleasant and natural look.

You have inspired me to at experiment with what I would call close up work, which technically might not be called macro work.   Posted: 01/23/2020 17:26:22

Angela Chan   Angela Chan
Great composition and texture.
The spiral really draw my eyes.
Love the soothing green.   Posted: 01/31/2020 20:49:24