Jodi Carlino  

 Timeless by Jodi Carlino

March 2023 - Timeless

March 2023 - Jodi Carlino


March 2023 - Jodi Carlino

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About the Image(s)

quipment: Nikon D750, 62mm, 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, 1/640 sec at f/4.5, ISO 400

Description: I shot this lily on Sunday at a popular botanical garden near my home. It was super crowded, and I was not permitted to use a tripod, so it was handheld. My goal was to focus the viewer's attention on the beauty of its stamen and tiny pollen particles. I am still learning, so focusing always seems to be a challenge for me. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

I did my basic edits (highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, etc.) in Lightroom Classic. I also cropped out all distracting areas and rotated the image to showcase the stamen. I used LR’s masking tools to darken the background so the lily would stand out in my final monochrome image.

In Photoshop, I added a fill layer in gray and dragged it under my original image. I chose Luminosity for the blending option, which resulted in a monochrome photo. Rather than seeing its color, I am hoping the viewer will instead focus on the flower's shapes and textures. I also added a levels adjustment and tweaked the midtones a bit.

Like my last post, I find myself wishing I'd used a smaller aperture to get more of the flower’s petals in focus.

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

Dick States   Dick States
Hi Jodi, you had very difficult conditions to try to capture what you could see in your mind's eye. I find it hard to come away with what I want and expect from myself in these situations. I usually walk away.

The shadows of the stamens don't bother me, but I usually never shoot in full sun due to contrast. When you shoot in full sunlight the whites or light colors tend to be blown out or there will be no detail in the shadows.

I like the composition with the diagonal lines of the flower going from the lower left to the upper right. There's nice detail in several of the stamens and at the base of the near petal. It is very difficult to hand hold and have much DOF at this distance.

I checked the histogram and found some of the whites in the petals are blown out. Because of this there's not a lot of detail in the petals. You have a histogram in your camera. This is one of the best tools you have to use. I sit up and when I shoot my first shot, I then look at the histogram. It will show if anything is blown out. I will make any adjustments to my exposure until get the perfect histogram. For my eye I like the color in the original better. The yellows are beautiful.

You ask about focus. For me I always manual focus. I want total control of focus. Also, you need to know when doing close-ups, the DOF is 50% in front of the focus point and 50% behind the point of focus. This can be important so not to waste any of the DOF.

I think you did a great job isolating the flower from the background. You did well with the conditions you had to deal with to capture this image.   Posted: 03/08/2023 19:15:09

Jodi Carlino   Jodi Carlino
Hi Dick, I agree with all of your comments, except the walking away part. I cannot do that! I will stay there until I can get a shot. I am still far from you and our group members in skill level. I am hoping the more mistakes I make, the more I'll learn. Also, I shot this flower inside the garden's conservatory, not in direct sunlight.
I love color, but I have been trying to learn more about monochrome. Thanks for your thoughtful and helpful critique.   Posted: 03/09/2023 06:40:36

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Jodi, I think you did really well and have good detail where you wanted it. Your crop works and makes it more interesting than the original. I'm a great fan of monochrome exactly because it simplifies the image and makes the viewer concentrate on the tones instead of vibrant color. The shadows don't bother me, but I do prefer to shoot with an overcast sky. Good image.   Posted: 03/09/2023 16:18:22
Jodi Carlino   Jodi Carlino
Hi Melanie,

Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments. Hoping to learn more from all of you!   Posted: 03/09/2023 17:45:40

Fran Yates   Fran Yates
I like the crop and how you rotated and positioned the lily off center. I also like it converted to monochrome because then we are seeing the shape of the flower. I like the shadows on the petal. Again, it is interesting in monochrome. Good job!   Posted: 03/09/2023 22:36:09
Jodi Carlino   Jodi Carlino
Thank you very much, Fran!   Posted: 03/24/2023 17:00:50
Jodi Carlino   Jodi Carlino
Thank you very much, Fran!   Posted: 03/24/2023 17:01:41

Diana Duffey   Diana Duffey
Jodi, I like the crop and the composition of your image. By converting your image into monochrome, it helps us see the details better. Nice job!   Posted: 03/14/2023 21:49:38
Jodi Carlino   Jodi Carlino
Thanks, Diana!!   Posted: 03/24/2023 17:01:03

Maria Mazo   Maria Mazo
Hi Jodi, I like your flower, the detail of the stamen and the pollen are fantastic due the conditions of the shooting.
Yellow flowers turn very well to black and white. You have done a very good job isolating the flower from the background. Well done   Posted: 03/15/2023 07:44:56
Jodi Carlino   Jodi Carlino
Thank you, Maria:)   Posted: 03/24/2023 17:01:29

Russell Hunt   Russell Hunt
I have nothing to add to the previous comments. Except, truly beautiful capture.   Posted: 03/25/2023 21:31:48
Jodi Carlino   Jodi Carlino
Hi Russell,

Thanks so much!   Posted: 03/25/2023 21:43:35