Ruth Holt  

Dandelion  by Ruth Holt

January 2020 - Dandelion

About the Image(s)

Hope all is well with you and your family.
Wishing you all a very healthy, happy New Year! This dandelion was taken in 4-2019, here in my yard, with my phone camera. Snapseed program was used to make the the edit. Looks>pop; Tools>glamour glow, vignette. Transferred to APS-CS6 on computer to resize and save for the web. Look closely and you can see a bug in there! So, this still goes with my "Living Yard Art" series!

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7 comments posted

Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
Hi Ruth, I am not familiar with your Living Yard Art but it is a great idea! I'm wondering if a square format would suit the flower more? However, perhaps all the images in your series are this format?
The background green colours really set off the yellow of the flower. I suppose you have also tried it with a dark vignette?
I apologise for not being able to find the insect!!! Phill   Posted: 01/09/2020 19:35:28
Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
Howdy, Phill, My Living Yard Art series is just images of things that are living which I find in my yard; such as bugs, frogs, armadillos, opossums, birds, cats, snails, etc. It's just a fun thing... Yep, I tired the darker vignette..   Posted: 01/13/2020 15:31:26

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Nice addition to your collection of yard art! I like the beautiful details revealed in the 'weed' and your edits make the flower pop right out. I might reduce the vignette slightly to remove sharper swirl marks in corners. You could have a bonus image in this: make the bug more visible with a close crop, filling the frame with the flower, and try a BW or faded look. I do see the bug when zooming in. Looks like it's diving right in!   Posted: 01/10/2020 11:01:35

Your yard is obviously an inviting environment for all these critters and plants that enable them to thrive. You have created a lovely image of a common flower with its busy little passenger. On my computer, the background colours are showing up in complementary blue tones. Looks really good. Are you extending your project to include flowers now?   Posted: 01/13/2020 17:55:47
Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
Howdy, Margaret! No, not really adding flowers and weeds to this series, although I take a fair about of those images as well.   Posted: 01/14/2020 08:48:12

Another one for the great series. Good color and I like the edits. I like how the lighting is uneven in the intensity of the light. The Sun (I assume) lights the upper left side a little more than the other. It helps give some definition to the flower. I look forward to more in the "Living Yard Art" series.   Posted: 01/17/2020 15:20:54

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
Well, it's sure nice to see a dandelion in the dead of winter, Ruth. The ones I usually see further north have a thicker "hairstyle" so at first, I thought this was a different kind of flower. Glad you mentioned the bug; I can see it in there, but might have missed it, since it matches some of the darker inner flower parts. Nice how the vignette draws attention to the center of the flower. The colors look great! I really like this, Ruth.   Posted: 01/25/2020 12:24:34