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Spring Beauty by Dick States

July 2021 - Spring Beauty

About the Image(s)

This is an early spring flower here in northern Ohio. It's has a tiny flower about the size of a pea. Most people never notice them and miss their beauty.
This is an 27 image stack. Taken at f9, 1/4 sec ISO 200, -2steps. I used my 200 mm macro lens with a polarizer attached. Tripod and cable release.

10 comments posted

Georges Dormoy   Georges Dormoy
Well done! The focus stacking function worked very well, with everything under focus. The texture of the flower and the trunk is well enhanced. The lighting is well balanced. Plain black background is OK under these circumstances to avoid being distracted by the background. But I have a suggestion. With photoshop you could easily replace the black background by something with a nice color in harmony with the color of the flower, but not plain. A pattern could add some depth in the picture without too much distraction for the eyes. But I would understand if some people think that it is distracting. It is a matter of personal taste (see attached photo)   Posted: 07/03/2021 11:51:02
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Dick States   Dick States
Thank you for your critique and comments. I agree the background could be a number of styles and colors. This depends upon what the maker is trying to accomplish with the image. I feel the background can make or break an image. Too many times the background can become a distraction and sometimes becomes a study on its own. I feel this is the case with the object you placed as a background in this image. With the s-curve and sharpness, for my eye it becomes a distraction and carries equal weight to the main subject. I feel this reduces the impact of the overall image. I'm sure there are a number of ideas that could work very well. It will be interesting to see what the other members think.   Posted: 07/03/2021 16:00:03
Georges Dormoy   Georges Dormoy
Dick, you are right. It depends on what message the author wants to convey and the background I selected may not be the right one. I could have chosen something less distracting.   Posted: 07/06/2021 09:36:56
Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
I agree with you that the added background is distracting.   Posted: 07/19/2021 12:25:50

Georges Dormoy   Georges Dormoy
Or I could add a little bit of shadow to the flower in fron of the background, as shown in this other photo (may be not so pronounced   Posted: 07/03/2021 11:57:21
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Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Beautiful image as it is Sorry, George, I don't agree with your addition, but I think that we need to accept "different strokes for different folks" For me the detail in the flower is its on "story"   Posted: 07/04/2021 15:00:16

Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Hi Dick,
This is such a sweet capture that contrasts different faces and stages of the blooms in this tiny spring flower.
I think the stacking results are flawless and the composition reinforces my desire to explore the image and spend time admiring it. To me this is beautiful!

Thank you, Georges for offering some interesting creative ideas for the background. But personally, I love the simplicity, elegance and drama conveyed by the pure black background in this image.   Posted: 07/05/2021 22:58:28

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
A very lovely image Dick!
I do agree that the pure black background is most effective. The "v" shape area where the stems meet caught my immediate attention as it directs the eye up to the wide open blossom. Very pleasing to study the details. Also like the simple slim framing.
Janet   Posted: 07/07/2021 06:37:21

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Lovely composition -- nice diagonal and 5 points of interest, each different!
I like the black background, and, as I said, I find what Georges did distracting. But a plain, dark color that didn't have a pattern in it might work as well.   Posted: 07/19/2021 12:28:21

Tracy Szela   Tracy Szela
Nicely executed, and I like the way the stems lead you out to each flower, keeping your eye moving around the image.   Posted: 07/19/2021 19:08:32


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