Belinda Hudnall Keller  

Into the the light...of the dark black night  by Belinda Hudnall Keller

June 2020 - Into the the light...of the dark black night

June 2020 - Belinda Hudnall Keller


About the Image(s)

Created as part of a tribute to a dear friend who died of COVID-19. I was ok with the peony image, and some wonder why I messed up a good thing! Thinking of her 'odd' humor I decided to try for 'odd' so I used Mirror Lab. At one angle the Fisheye preset created a moth-like image, but I didn't know what to do with the circle (it is a part of the actual fisheye tool). I decided it could be a 'moon' if part was removed and softened. So, my take on the result is a moth being carried toward light. It's an analogy, unusual and odd!

Samsung Galaxy s9, auto
Editing steps:
1)Mirror Lab preset: Fisheye adjusted
2)Snapseed: removed stems, leaves with Healing tool; Select tool increased brightness to mid-area of the moth; increased color saturation
3)Mirror Lab preset: Flash adjusted for texture
4)Photo Editor: cloning tool for edges around moon; smart blur brush across

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

Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
I am so sorry to hear about your friend.
I really like your color and composition and I love that velvety type texture.
You have certainly found your way around snapseed!
Have you tried toning down the bright green in the front?
I'm very fond of color I am being picky!   Posted: 06/03/2020 23:06:30
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Thank you! I am happy for any pickiness. I wondered about removing the dark stem in that area, and in general I was not greatly pleased with the bottom and right areas. I kept trying to darken those areas but it didn't look quite right. Something to be studied!   Posted: 06/05/2020 09:12:04

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
I found your original peony image enchanting. Your eye for composition is very refined.

In viewing your creation, my eye is drawn to the crescent moon first, then to the splashes of orange, and finally to the bright green areas. I'm not sure what I should focus on as the "subject". I'll freely admit to not understanding this type of art, so my ability to provide a qualified critique is rather limited.   Posted: 06/13/2020 16:05:39
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Thanks! You're right, there's an absence of a clear lead in. The orange is part of wings (moth in my mind) a body between the orange and faint translucent 'wings'. I wanted the right side to wrap around more crossing the green but there was too much distortion. I might do some cloning to get what is needed to help offer a better lead in. That's a long way of saying: it's fine to prefer the original LoL I started to go with it but my friend would've thought it was boring--she preferred a green frog image of mine for a Christmas card... go figure!   Posted: 06/24/2020 18:40:18

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
This sure was a thoughtful creation in honor of your friend. I'm sorry to hear of your loss.
These peonies remind me of the "poppies" in my other group (#56) this month (by Nancy Speaker). I love the way you handled the bright colors against the dark background plus the addition of the crescent moon to tie things together and lead the eye back into the flowers. I think a little pale vignette in the lower right would solve the brightness "problem".
You got a lot of mileage out of several photo editing apps which resulted in such a creative image!   Posted: 06/24/2020 18:26:59
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Thanks, Pat! The right corner was a spot of frustration. I will definitely try your suggestion!   Posted: 06/26/2020 07:33:55