Jacob Wat  

Summer Flowers by Jacob Wat

November 2020 - Summer Flowers

About the Image(s)

For this months submission I have another flower. All I did was use the auto edit and then applied a filter using Lightroom for vibrant. Beyond that the image is unedited. 5he image was taken using an iPhone 6s. As you can see the flower was in the shade so the light wasn’t as harsh but you can see how harsh the background light is. Personally I love the pink in the flowers but I’m unsure of what to do next. I think I should have taken the photo further away so I could try cropping the image.

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

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
The colors of the flower are nice, but my eye is pulled to the bright area in the top left corner. I would darken this considerably, or crop it off. You also need to add some brightness to the white petals on the bottom of the flower.   Posted: 11/12/2020 11:00:11

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
You love your flowers Jacob and have captured it well, I think that I would crop quite a bit to make the flowers more dominant. Try vignetting the picture, that may focus more on the flowers and remove the burnt section to the top right.   Posted: 11/12/2020 17:52:20

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
I agree the colors of the flower are vibrant and attractive. The background is a bit too bright, as noted, especially in the upper left corner which is blown out. That will be difficult to correct.   Posted: 11/12/2020 18:38:28

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Jacob, you found a lovely flower on a harsh day. you might consider a tighter crop and a heavy vignette and mask out the flowers. This would obscure the bright background.   Posted: 11/14/2020 12:57:11

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Jacob,
I agree with the previous comments. I tried to work on your image using LightRoom. It looks like the top left corner pixels are "burned" (might be possible to have more wiggle room if your original was a RAW file).
Once burned, the area affected will remain white regardless of what you want to do! (You can make it gray but there will be no details.)
It is difficult to take an image against the sun. Tricks: 1) If you were positioned a little lower, you could have that bright spot behind one of petals - this would have make your processing easier and tone down there bright highlights) 2)if there is no wind, you could have tried to bracket your picture (5 picts at 1 stop interval)(I doubt that you could do this on a iPhone). This would have help to brings details in the bright and the dark areas. Unfortunately, if there is any wind, it would produce multiple contours to all your subject (except the tree behind as it would not be moving).
Keep on the good work!   Posted: 11/15/2020 10:04:40

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Sorry, this must have been added after I had made my comments on the others! I agree with everyone's comments--gotta get rid of the busy stems and bright spot and focus our eye on the star of the show.   Posted: 11/29/2020 18:44:18