Kieu-Hanh Vu  

Pink Magnolia by Kieu-Hanh Vu

March 2023 - Pink Magnolia

March 2023 - Kieu-Hanh Vu


About the Image(s)

This image was captured this morning in Washington DC using my mobile phone when the magnolia starts blooming. I enhanced the sharpness and the tonal contrast using Snapseed, then I used BeCasso to add the painting effect to the image. All comments are appreciated.

Exif data: F/2.0, Speed 1/1050, ISO 25.

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10 comments posted

Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
I hope this means that Spring is around the corner! Very pleasing/calming image - the flowers pop nicely against the sky.

I like the painterly feel on the flowers - it adds to their texture/softness/interest.

In my opinion - that effect in the sky creates a perfectly repetitive (and hence obviously artificial) pattern in the beautiful blue sky. On the tree trunk - your processing removes the texture/detail present in the original; creating an appearance that is too smooth (almost plastic-like) - esp the bright spot where the sun is hitting the trunk.

Is there a way to mask in where the effect is/isn't?

I admire your creativity! You are motivating me to learn more about BeCasso.

  Posted: 03/08/2023 03:07:51
Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Thanks, Steven, for your comments. For the painterly effect of Becasso, I purposely applied to the entire image, including the sky and tree. In addition,the app does not allow me to create a mask as in Photoshop. I appreciate your suggestion!   Posted: 03/24/2023 23:47:22
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Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
I converted the painterly effect image above into B&W using BeCasso. What do you think?   Posted: 03/25/2023 00:08:12
Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
I like the B&W; nice job capturing a wide range of tones. I'm always amazed that B&W renditions of very colorful scenes (like blooming flowers) can be very impactful. To my eye, the painterly effect on the sky still looks artificial, but I understand that the software doesn't allow you to adjust that.   Posted: 03/25/2023 12:22:43

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
It's beautiful, Kieu-Hanh, even the original. Something along the lines of what Steven recommends might be an interesting alternative. I guess it depends on whether you want to make a recognizable painterly image or one that is more nuanced. Lovely colors and a definitely one for the season.   Posted: 03/11/2023 10:30:28
Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Thanks, Jack, for your comments. Please also see my responses to Steven.   Posted: 03/24/2023 23:49:50

Quang Phan   Quang Phan
Hi Kieu Hanh,

Thank you for sharing this beautiful picture! It captures the essence of spring perfectly with its vibrant colors, sharp details, and well-composed layout. The BeCasso app was a nice touch as well. Thank you again for sharing!   Posted: 03/27/2023 07:20:27
Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Thanks, Quang, for your kind words!   Posted: 03/29/2023 23:55:44

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
I noticed right away the painterly strokes on the bark, then on the flowers before I read the description. It looks like you did an actual painting. What a lovely branch of blossoms for spring. The only distraction for me was the partial tree trunk on the left side. If you could clone that out somehow and let its blossoms just belong to the trunk on the right, I'd prefer to see that. (Now I'm just being picky. Otherwise, I LOVE your photo and the resulting painting, Kieu Hanh.)   Posted: 03/28/2023 12:48:46
Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Thanks, Pat, for your comments and your keen eyes to discover a branch on the lower left side. Believe or not, I processed the image 3 times and I did not see it. Thanks so much for pointing it out to me.
  Posted: 03/30/2023 00:01:46