Marie Verrett  

Twilight Kiss by Marie Verrett

August 2019 - Twilight Kiss

August 2019 - Marie Verrett


About the Image(s)

Twilight Kiss was created using my Nikon D810 camera and my 70-200 Tamron lens. Focal Length was 200mm, shot at F/8 with shutter speed at 1/500, ISO 100. I had heard about the lotus at Hudson Gardens, Littleton, CO. There were a mixture of lotus and water lillies at the ponds. It was quite a lovely place. I wanted this image to appear as if taken at twilight so I used the polarizer to cut the glare and a faster shutter speed to darken the image, rest done in Adobe Bridge and Topaz filters in blues and purples. I also had to use a combination of the “patch” and “spot healing” tools in Photoshop to get rid of a portion of the bright lily pad above and to the left of the lily. The lily blushes with the last kiss of light before it retires for the evening.

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11 comments posted

Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
Hi Marie..a beautiful image! I love the colours and the composition! I wonder if it's possible to bring some detail out in the dark area below the flower. On my screen it is just a large black patch and a little distracting. Also, I realise that it's a twilight image, but because the lotus is the main subject, wondering if lightening the yellow area in shadow, just a little, would bring it to life a little more. Just enough to "pop" it a little without losing the twilight feel. Possibly a light vignette to tone down the left top? Have popped in a very quick edit using curves. See what you think. It's a lovely image either way.   Posted: 08/05/2019 16:34:05

Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
  Posted: 08/05/2019 16:38:40
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Marie Verrett   Marie Verrett
Thanks Valerie, I see what you mean. I like your edit, but I actually wanted the image to have an end of the day darkish feel to it. I may play around with it a little more. It's great to get feedback.   Posted: 08/05/2019 22:43:49

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Marie, you have a very interesting interpretation of this image. The blue in the leaves suggests the reflection of a very blue sky in glistening leaves, and it enlivens the dull character of the original. However, the harsh blue, and the white highlights compete with the subject for attention. Muting them, and brightening the yellow would bring more attention to the flower. I would darken that wonderful shadow of the flower; it is a strong element of the composition. Have you noticed the bulbous-nosed head peering at the flower from the leaf above and to the left of the flower? There are several stories in this image.   Posted: 08/09/2019 08:12:54
Marie Verrett   Marie Verrett
Thank you so much for your perspective, Judith. I think I might re-do this picture using advanced techniques later. I have to put it away for a little bit and look at it with new eyes. Yes, I noticed that thing, haha! I couldn't figure out what it was but decided to leave it in the picture. There were small frogs in another part of the pond and some were on the lily pads. I took a picture of one of them with the water lily in the background.   Posted: 08/09/2019 22:17:48

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Marie, Since I live 3 miles from Longwood Gardens with its great water garden, I have the opportunity to photograph water lilies for 3 months each year. A polarizing filter really helps 'pop' the flowers out of the water and reduce reflections from the leaves as you have done. Since Longwood has both day blooming and night blooming lilies, we get to see the differences. Your interpretation with Topaz is a cinematic night variation. The reflections imitate moonlight and the bluish cast suggests night. You have done a very nice job turning day into night! The final image is nicely composed although I find the granularity of the tiny adjacent water plants adds a busy aspect. Karl   Posted: 08/09/2019 10:51:57

Marie Verrett   Marie Verrett
Hi Karl, how nice to live so close to a beautiful garden! I haven't seen the night blooming lilies yet, I bet they are amazing. I went to Kamakura, Japan to see the gigantic buddha. I didn't know there were gigantic lotus plants there too. Sadly, there weren't any blossoms when I went, the leaves were unbelievably big. I could only imagine them. Wow, I just googled images. Now, I have to go to photograph them in person! Oh, but the heat and humidity this time of year. I don't know what the tiny adjacent water were, I thought they were some kind of buds that had fallen in the water. I actually liked them because they reminded me of lace. I didn't know how to bring out the "lacy-ness" of them. Yes, busy but I really liked the little bud things, maybe I need to do an image with them and the pads cropped differently without the water lily.   Posted: 08/09/2019 22:47:15

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
This is spectacularly gorgeous! Well done! I'm working on trying to begin to know how to do things like this!   Posted: 08/14/2019 22:06:42
Marie Verrett   Marie Verrett
Wow, thanks so much!   Posted: 08/16/2019 23:34:33

Hi Marie, What a lovely colourful image. I love Lotus flowers and Water lillies , so always a pleasure to view them.
I find the white highlights a little bit too bright , in particular the triangular shaped highlight on the lower left as i view it on my screen.
Thats just my opinion , regardless, its a beautiful image.   Posted: 08/19/2019 06:17:39
Marie Verrett   Marie Verrett
Hi Susan, thank you for your comments and helping me to develop a more critical eye. I'm really enjoying my PSA membership, it's so helpful getting feedback from other photographers.   Posted: 08/20/2019 03:58:55