Jaqueline Whalen  

Martha's Vineyard Pond by Jaqueline Whalen

September 2021 - Martha's Vineyard Pond

September 2021 - Jaqueline Whalen


About the Image(s)

I took this as one of a study of a lily pond outside the place where we were staying on Martha's Vineyard. I actually like the original better than the submission but I wanted to try some creative fiddling with a photograph to increase my skills with photoshop. As you can tell I had to get rid of something brown beside my liliy. I think it was some sort of drainage pipe. I cloned a bit of green stem to make the stem longer on the right as it disappeared when I erased the pipe. I first tried the select subject but then the patch tool could not get the correct darkness of the water. I then proceeded to use the healing brush which seemed to work for me better. I then went in to Topaz Studio and added AI as well as a filter with an interesting result. this was definitely a learning exercise for me. I have great sunset pics and lighthouse ones but I was experimenting here!

Canon 5DS R
Lens 24-70/2.8
ISO 200
Focal length 52mm
1/400 sec at f./5.6

12 comments posted

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
You have a great image to begin with, so it remains strong. I have found water lilies to be challenging because it is difficult to show where the water level is and what parts are submerged - this is clear in the original but gets lost in your processing giving it an abstract but still pleasant effect. The water-drops on the original are an asset which is somewhat lost in the post.   Posted: 09/03/2021 23:04:09
Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
As I said in my post, I really like the original better! The effect is interesting at best. The original image was greatly improved when I was be to get rid of the brown area around the lily on the left. The flower popped more off the page. I did not include that iteration. I agree that the water droplets are a great aspect of the original.
Thanks for the comments.   Posted: 09/07/2021 07:17:57

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
I love the editing. I believe the original had so many busy things in it that took away from the dominance of the lily. I especially like the Topaz filter you selected that leaves the lily with no doubt of it being the most important. I would also like to see another version without the green veggie on the left because I feel it is fighting for attention--perhaps changing to a square format. Lovely image.   Posted: 09/04/2021 14:48:49
Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
You might be right about the green stuff on the left. I tried to crop it out and for some reason decided that I liked it in the frame. I think it had more to do with the texture than anything else. I probably should have taken an individual photo of just the green!   Posted: 09/07/2021 07:19:47

Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Wow, what a great effect!
I love it. It is so fresh and crisp
Maybe it is cropped a little too tight at the top, but a great image anyway.
  Posted: 09/04/2021 19:27:19
Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
Martin, yu are totally correct about too tight a crop on the top.
I can easily fix that as there is lots of room in the original to add. Thanks so much for your comments.   Posted: 09/07/2021 07:21:23

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Very lovely capture, Jaqueline. I love the Topaz effect that you used. I've used that one myself on some of my flowers. I might suggest removing the green stem to the left of the lily. I know you said you worked at trying to clone it back, but I don't think it's adding to the story of the lily. I also agree with Shirley in removing the green shrubby thing and perhaps cropping into a square. It's a great image with lots of potential. It just depends on your story.   Posted: 09/07/2021 12:43:33

Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
My first, immediate impression of this image was a WOW. I could picture that hanging on a wall. What fun, being able to play around with an image an produce results like this. Well done. I like the effect that the two main elements have a thin black outline to separate them from the other components. It's certainly inspiration for me to try my hand at this type of editing.
Well done.   Posted: 09/17/2021 05:20:04
Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
Thanks for the nice comment! I so seldom mess around to this extent. It was fun to give it a try.   Posted: 09/17/2021 07:17:05

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
The flower is lovely,. The down side is the background, not so much. It's fighting the flower for attention. What I've done as a suggestion, was replace the background with a texture as an alternative.   Posted: 09/26/2021 14:24:34
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Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
I love it! Great addition to the original. Thank you!   Posted: 09/26/2021 15:22:33
Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
most welcome   Posted: 09/26/2021 16:56:43


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