Cyndy Doty  

In The Light by Cyndy Doty

September 2020 - In The Light

September 2020 - Cyndy Doty


About the Image(s)

Canon 5DM3, Lensbaby velvet 85, 1/13 sec ISO 500, off camera flash (am not sure of f-stop used).
I liked the light from above, and through the curved leaf.
ACR, curves, Topaz DeNoise AI, Liquify to bloat the center leaf and petals. ACR, D&B, Orton, Hue/Sat adjustment layer.

9 comments posted

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
You keep doing it, monthly after month! The curves of the leaves are soft and the contrast in greens against black is well done. The magical "3" is used here and I like the focus on the front flower while the 2 in the back are in a softer blur. Even the small leaf point between the back 2 flowers serves a purpose to define the edges of the flowers.   Posted: 09/09/2020 15:00:16
Cyndy Doty   Cyndy Doty
Trey - Many thanks, I'm going to have to get out of my comfort zone soon.   Posted: 09/12/2020 05:24:51

Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Another beautiful flower photo. The flowers are great, but I really like the light on the green stem in front. The black background and orange frame really make the image pop.   Posted: 09/11/2020 21:37:24
Cyndy Doty   Cyndy Doty
Jay - One of my favorite parts, too. Thanks!   Posted: 09/12/2020 05:25:21

Heidi Egerman   Heidi Egerman
Cyndy, This is just a fun whimsical image. The lighting is great and you processing works so well. The only think I would maybe change is the bright red border. I think it takes away for the image itself. I know it is very much a personal preference.

A small, thin stroke border might be worth a try.
It is a very nice image. I like it very much.   Posted: 09/16/2020 18:29:15
Cyndy Doty   Cyndy Doty
Heidi - Thank-you for your input. I think you're right, a smaller red border would be better. The only reason there is a red border at all, is to delineate the image from the black background   Posted: 09/19/2020 06:36:24

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Another cracker Cyndy !!! I agree with everyone's comments, well almost. The red border, doesn't bother me at all. My eyes need to be told "this is where the image's edges are". The red compliments the blooms for me and white is what everyone else might automatically go for. Red is bold, and being bold in photography is good. I must be becoming a grumpy old man, because of after many years of hearing camera club judges repeat the same rules over and over, like a friend of mine down here, I am starting to ask "why?". You have "chosen" to use 3 blooms here. If you had chosen to only have 2, that would be perfectly fine with me. I fully understand that odd numbers seem more pleasing in an image, but I feel that is the photographer's prerogative. If you went to a zoo, or even Africa, and there were 2 animals interacting together, would you not take the image because there wasn't a third? I mean no offence to Trey, nor do I contradict him or anyone else, I just feel that "rules" can sometimes be very stifling. My closing comment on this image Cyndy is "I wish I had taken it."   Posted: 09/20/2020 02:33:40

Jorn Holm-Pedersen   Jorn Holm-Pedersen
Another great final result Cyndy, definitely.
But as I use to say I prefer as little post processing as possible.   Posted: 09/20/2020 07:01:53

Sanford Morse   Sanford Morse
Great image! I like the crop a lot, the way it adds the stem and its brilliant color rather detracts. Another awesome PP.   Posted: 09/20/2020 10:55:50


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