Charissa Lansing  

Glowing Rhodie by Charissa Lansing

May 2022 - Glowing Rhodie

About the Image(s)

Each year I look forward to 'rhodie season' in our neighborhood. However with several days of wind and rain this past week, the blooms on our rhododendron are withering too early. I captured this image indoors to admire the glow of these pink and white blooms using natural window light to backlight the translucent petals and a small reflector to bounce the light into the centers of the blooms.

Shot with a Canon Rebel Xsi fitted with a 100mm f/2.8 macro lens using a circular polarizer (at the following settings: 30 sec, f/25, ISO 200). The camera was placed on a tripod and a cable release was used to press the shutter.

9 comments posted

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Hi, Charissa.
What a lovely shot!
Lots of detail in the blossoms. I did a flip so that the eye goes from lower left to upper right which seems more natural to me. What do you think?
Very pretty to look at!
  Posted: 05/09/2022 09:40:10
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Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
  Posted: 05/09/2022 09:41:25
Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Thanks, Janet! I also like the flip and think it would improve the shot, however the bloom cluster at the top seems a bit oddly placed, as it angles in the wrong direction for this perspective. I'm curious to learn what the other members think.   Posted: 05/09/2022 12:07:42

Dick States   Dick States
Great shot of a Rhododendron I do like the flip but agree it could be arranged a bit different with the flip. I feel the image would be better with about 1/3 less exposure. Three of the florets in the large cluster are a bit bright. I would clone out part if the stem in the bottom cluster so not to have it leaving the frame.   Posted: 05/09/2022 19:03:26
Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Dick, Thank you for these helpful comments. I remember bumping up the exposure when editing the raw file. I'm going to go back to it and explore some more. Also, now that you mention it, I agree that stem should be cloned out as it pulls my eye out of the frame. Thanks, again!   Posted: 05/09/2022 20:56:35

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Group 48)
I like the image very much and my take on the position is that I prefer it as submitted. For me it feels that someone might peeking in from the lower right corner and looking up to the main flower.   Posted: 05/13/2022 20:17:44
Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Hi Bev!
Thank you for visiting and commenting on my photo. That was my thinking, too, in positioning my camera and hoping to achieve an interesting perspective. I realize however, that most photographic manuals recommend entering a frame from the left.   Posted: 05/14/2022 02:38:10

Georges Dormoy   Georges Dormoy
I dont have any preference with the flipping over. I may be ambidex and not right or left handed.
I like very much the texture of the vase and the harmony in the colors (grey, pink, green with a dominance of grey.
The ligh is well mastered, avoiding any hard shade edges.
Nice shot !   Posted: 05/19/2022 15:45:19

James Silliman   James Silliman
What a nice shot. Even lighting gives softness to the image, accentuating the texture of the blooms. I like the contrast between the softness of the blooms and starkness (sorry, that may not be the word I am looking for) of the grey vase. Like Janet, flipping the image brings the viewer's eye into the lower left and in a circular pattern, brings one's attention to the central bloom. The grey vase adds to that circular imagery.   Posted: 05/20/2022 22:47:09


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