Brenda Fishbaugh  


Purple Lily Pads by Brenda Fishbaugh

November 2019 - Purple Lily Pads

About the Image(s)

Canon 7D Mark II Tamron 18-300
ISO 500 251 mm f/ 6.3 1/125 sec handheld

I photographed this at the Chicago Botanic Gardens in their lily pad pool. I make standard changes in Lightroom and then used Topaz Detail and cleaned up some of the floating bits i the water. I also burned down the brown reed in the lower and left reflection. I liked the reed since it acts as a leading line.

I liked the green and purple, but should I tone down the green? Any thoughts?


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20 comments posted

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Stunning creation! I love the perfect mirror, the strong contrast in light intensity and in colors. I might have tried to make it a little tighter on the right side.
Wonderful!   Posted: 11/02/2019 15:46:04
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Thanks so much, Pierre! So you would crop from the right and center it?   Posted: 11/02/2019 19:52:00
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
I agree with Geoffrey. If your capture included more of the left side, I would open up the left side and crop the right side a bit. The taller flower on the right and smaller on the left (and their reflection) would act like an arrow pointing to the left (similar to following the gaze of an animal or person) (strong guiding lines).   Posted: 11/03/2019 08:38:33
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Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
I've added a new crop with darkened lily pads and a stroke around the purple flowers below. I like your crop also. Do you have a preference? Thanks so much!   Posted: 11/29/2019 13:22:07
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
An other possibility: If your original capture had more on the lower portion, I would like to see the effect by bringing the mirror intersection more to the middle...
Either way, this is a lovely picture anyway you look at it.
Nicely done.   Posted: 11/03/2019 08:41:14

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Great colours Brenda and the reflections just make it, good job. The only suggestion I would make is I may have had a little more on the left of the pic.   Posted: 11/03/2019 04:56:56
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Take a look at my post below from today, and see if you think it is an improvement. Thanks!
  Posted: 11/29/2019 13:22:53

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Brenda, the colors of the flowers and reflection are outstanding! I like the way you have handled the background. I have no problem with the greens or the reeds. It shows environment and you have muted them sufficiently.   Posted: 11/07/2019 16:48:34
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Thanks for your comments! I did make the changes folks suggested. Do you like my latest pic below any better?   Posted: 11/29/2019 13:23:47

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Brenda, the lilies are beautiful as well as the reflection. It is a nice composition with the one lily to the left of the others, and the brighter lily at the top. I might have cropped down a little from the top. I do feel that the horizontal green leaves are distracting and would darken them. Your eye is drawn to them first because it is the brightest and most colorful area. The image might be helped with the use of a stroke to set it off from the background.   Posted: 11/08/2019 15:38:29
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
I finally tried a stroke, watching a You Tube. I'd love any advice you have using it! I can see adding this a LOT! My email is BrendaFishbaugh@gmail.com, if you don't want to post it here. Check out my changes below. Thanks for your help!   Posted: 11/29/2019 13:26:50
Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Brenda, I will email you about the stroke. It will be a few days.   Posted: 11/30/2019 12:13:35
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Thanks so much, Candy!   Posted: 11/30/2019 13:43:57

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Brenda,

Excellent composition and vibrant color. I agree that the green lily pads and foliage above the flowers could be burned in a bit. I might also try to remove the crossing lighter stem in the lower right.   Posted: 11/09/2019 19:03:54
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Dean, Thanks! I burned down the lily pads and the stem along the bottom and posted below. Is this what you envisioned, or darker?   Posted: 11/29/2019 13:24:46

Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
I love the color. Additionally the reflective quality of the water is a great enhancement. I also have no problem with the greenery it really adds to the whole piece.   Posted: 11/24/2019 21:34:39
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Thanks, Jacob! I did make some changes and posted it below. I'd love for you to take a look and see which you like better!   Posted: 11/29/2019 13:25:25

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
I took everyone's comments into account. I did not have more room on the photo to work with to change the cropping as suggested (lots of garbage lily pads that were too difficult to work with. So-- 1) cropped in from top and right, darkened the lily pads using the magic wand and curves, which was new for me. Improved?

And I watched a You Tube video on how to use "Stroke", which Candy had suggested. I used medium gray and a 2 pixel tolerance to stroke the purple flowers, but not their reflection. Did it enhance the flowers and have them stand out from the background more?

I also like Pierre's crop. Does everyone like that better than this?   Posted: 11/29/2019 13:20:31
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Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Your new crop makes the image too central for my taste. I would crop more from the left to take the flowers out of the center. In fact, I prefer your original crop as it shows more of the environment that these flowers live in.   Posted: 11/29/2019 13:33:46
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
I agree, Mervyn. I also liked the additional vertical lines of the reeds. We'll see what others think.   Posted: 11/30/2019 13:44:44