Shirley Pohlman  

Sweet Innocence by Shirley Pohlman

August 2022 - Sweet Innocence

August 2022 - Shirley Pohlman


August 2022 - Shirley Pohlman

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About the Image(s)

These tulips were shot at Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs, AR, with Nikon D610, aperture priority, 28-300m at 190m, f/5.6, 1/250 sec, ISO 100, tripod mounted. Darkened background using mask in Lightroom and cropped. Took to Topaz to get a little pattern and color—my original intent was to keep it green. Then to Photoshop to fix brown spot on one petal and added thin border. When I took it back to Lightroom, I accidentally hit on the Greg Noires B&W Katana pre-set. I had never used the pre-sets, and I decided I liked the change it made.

5 comments posted

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
My first impression is positive based on the selectively focused foreground tulip enhanced by the way you have treated the background with the preset. I think it would be stronger if there were more tulips (3 or 5) with a central one or two in focus for compositional balance.   Posted: 08/04/2022 17:02:06

Martin Newland   Martin Newland
I like the conversion to monochrome, however my eye is distracted by the top tulip which is out of focus. Maybe clone it out and leave the lower, front flower.   Posted: 08/06/2022 01:06:32

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Lovely tulips, Shirley, and I do like the B&W conversion. I do agree with Martin, as the top flower is so close to the bottom that it would have been less distracting if in focus. I also have this thing about flowers that are floating. I think it would be a stronger image if the flower(s) had a foundation, a stem. Just my personal preference when the flower does not take up the full frame.   Posted: 08/06/2022 07:32:37

Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
Beautiful! The B&W conversion is just perfect. I think the comments abut bringing the top tulip into sharp focus is a good idea. Funny, when I first looked at these I thought they were white peonies! Who knew that tulips could look this luscious.   Posted: 08/06/2022 08:42:20

Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
I like your treatment to this image VERY much. But as others have noted, the slight out of focus is distracting.
Just another f-stop down and the top tulip would be in focus.
I do like the BW from your accidental use of a preset, but there's a lot that I like about your original 2, also.

  Posted: 08/06/2022 15:08:11


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