Stuart Ord  

Leaf of an Ornamental Cabbage by Stuart Ord

March 2023 - Leaf of an Ornamental Cabbage

About the Image(s)

This needed a deep stack to get the edge details to form a row, so the leaf was anything but perpendicular to the camera.
Olympus M1ii, Olympus 60mm macro lens at 1:1, 1/30sec, f10, 800 ISO. Natural light. Stack of 20 images, merged in Helicon Focus, developed in Affinity Photo.

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

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
If anyone is interested, the PSA has kindly added one of my images to the Member Showcase on   Posted: 03/15/2023 11:37:19
Keith Au   Keith Au
Hi Stuart, Congrats for being chosen in the showcase. It's a stunningly clear and pleasingly sharp image. I love the perfect blue background making the plant more stand-out.   Posted: 03/19/2023 21:27:57
Pat Glenn   Pat Glenn
beautiful!!! love the colors, extremely pleasing to the eye. love the way the stem arches and flowers fall to make the scene. appears very in focus. love it   Posted: 03/26/2023 11:53:45

Marge Barham   Marge Barham
(Groups 38 & 75)
Hi Stuart, I just stopped by to congratulate you on being chosen for this months Members Showcase. Nice composition and a great mix of colors. Nicely done.
And I love your cabbage photo above. Who would think cabbage could look so good. Well done again.   Posted: 03/17/2023 12:14:59
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Thanks, Marge. Macro can be a wonderful world, I love it and have done for 55 years. Alas I've not been practicing for that long, I was "off" photography for a good many years when too busy with family and work, so I'm still a beginner really.   Posted: 03/17/2023 15:45:54

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Stuart, first let me say congrats on your image in the Showcase! Great job!

This image you've submitted appeals to me deeply--the color combination alone is stunning, but add to it your clarity of capture, the beautiful ed edges that stand out from the rest of the leaves, the sculpting of the lighting and your soft background--it all adds up to a great image to me! There is one very small artifact in the upper left quadrant at the tip of one leaf which can easily be cloned out, but I wouldn't remove those secondary leaves, IMHO. They work well for this image.   Posted: 03/17/2023 20:31:14
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Thank you! That image appeared in this group some time ago, but when asked to choose one for the site I looked through my archives and it always stands out for me.

Ah yes, I see the artefact, Carol. I'll clone it out if sending it to a competition. Thanks.   Posted: 03/18/2023 16:51:35
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Here's a look without the distraction in the upper left:   Posted: 03/19/2023 14:57:38
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Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
That's an interesting modification, Tom. I rather like it. It's not what I saw in the viewfinder, and sometimes I think that that reduces the scope of the editing that I do. Thanks!   Posted: 03/19/2023 18:07:21
Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Now here's something interesting: without that "distraction," I noticed the upper right corner does not match the rest of the background. I know it would be a pain in the butt, but if you ever feel like it, try cloning some of that purple background over the dark grey of that upper right corner. You really only notice it when you step back from the image like in these small thumbnails.   Posted: 03/22/2023 21:43:35
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Yes, I see what you mean Carol. Thanks for your idea, but it didn't bother me as it's intended to represent a real background rather than a studio shot, and to me the darker area seems more remote therefore adds to the 3D feel. Cloning it to match the rest would be easy enough, but I think I like my first original above all. Sorry! For once I think I got the original right. Or rather, to suit me :-)

  Posted: 03/23/2023 02:25:55

Keith Au   Keith Au
I like the diagonal layout and the natural backlight. It's perfectly sharp on all parts of the cabbage.. Thought you might need more than 20 images as the subject is perpendicular to the camera. Good job! Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 03/19/2023 21:34:03

Pat Glenn   Pat Glenn
I love the colors again - your showcase and this is the pink, yellow and green - beautiful - the colors appeal to me. tom's fix accentuates your leaf! both ideas for leaving the background as it really exist and photoshop the upper corner are both good ideas. I can relate to the "as is" situation but I can image accentuating the above colors to TOTALLY surround the leaf would look stunning.the pink veins are stunning.main part of leaf looks in focus to me. love it.   Posted: 03/26/2023 12:01:32