Piers Blackett  

Boy with Tulips by Piers Blackett

January 2022 - Boy with Tulips

January 2022 - Piers Blackett


About the Image(s)

The image was shot at the Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City. The gardens surround a cylindrical indoor tropical garden structure shown partly in the photo. The tulips were in full bloom in the spring a few years ago and the photo was inspired by the sudden appearance of a little boy admiring the view. It was shot with a crop frame at 53mm f/11, 1/170, ISO 640. In post I cropped for approximate thirds, denoised slightly with Topaz AI and used Photoshop masks in CR filter (Lightroom equivalent) for a de-shadow and exposure increase of the boy relative to the flowers and paving; clone stamp for cleaning the wall; a brush for clarity, dehaze and decreased brightness for the bushes and windows; and added a slight vignette.

12 comments posted

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Lovely catch. I like how the diagonal of the lowers lead me to the child. I would suggest cropping some more off the top leaving just the two (or three) lower rows of windows to put more emphasis to the lower section. Also, my eye wants to go to those white pots on the left and might help to decrease its brightness. Would love to see the gardens.   Posted: 01/01/2022 16:25:51
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks for your comment. I like your suggestion because it leaves the emphasis on the tulips and emphasizes the smallness of the boy.   Posted: 01/03/2022 18:32:08

Martin Newland   Martin Newland
A lovely image, Piers, but I must admit that I had to search around a little bit to find the boy.
Maybe a serious crop would help, removing everything apart from the boy and some of the tulips and even exclude the background completely. Then decide what the focus of the image is! Is it the boy or the tulips? If it is the boy then maybe desaturate much of the colour from the tulips so that he stands out.   Posted: 01/03/2022 04:12:16
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks. The answer is the tulips are the topic. so I would go with Shirley's crop. I did try a tighter crop for club competition, but think more space is better, but could go either way.   Posted: 01/03/2022 18:36:00

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Piers, I like Shirley's suggestion of where to crop but I also have to agree with Martin, in that it took me a bit to realize there was a child in the photo. Perhaps a circular filter to separate him a little from the tulips, might help. Love all the different colors of the tulips!   Posted: 01/06/2022 12:00:37
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
I agree with the consensus to crop, also as you suggest I put the boy in the shade with a circular filter. Perhaps by retaining the color array of the tulips I retain the sense of smallness of the toddler, with his exploration of the tulips, but more in a PJ story mode than a pictorial one.   Posted: 01/06/2022 17:54:26
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Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Yes, I like that much better. It seems much more focused on the tulips and the boy just happens to be their size!   Posted: 01/06/2022 20:20:41

Hung Phan   Hung Phan
I agreed and like picture fixed by Mr. Piers Blackett because the background distracts us.   Posted: 01/10/2022 17:20:22

Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
Piers, I'm a bit late to this discussion, but prior to reading the others comments, I, too found the white pots and heavy shadow in the upper LH side to be a distraction and didn't add anything to your otherwise beautiful image. Cropping in from the left to eliminate that specific distraction places the boy very close to the LH edge, but another crop in from the right, a similar amount, could help. In hindsight, a slightly different viewing/shooting angle could have alleviated the need for cropping out the distraction, too.
I like the post processing you've done. Well done.   Posted: 01/13/2022 19:18:55
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks for the comments. I did take out some brighter white buckets and left the remaining ones because there would be a blank space, so changing the color of the buckets to a dark color could work. Cropping could also solve it but would take out some flower color.   Posted: 01/13/2022 22:44:53

Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
I am really late to this discussion but I do think Martin is on the right track. I messed around with it a bit and came up with something similar to your revisions after Karen's comment. I think the cropping really focuses the viewer into the important aspects of the image.   Posted: 01/14/2022 08:52:32
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks, I appreciate your input.   Posted: 01/14/2022 10:27:52


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