Jim Overfield  

Blue Flag Iris by Jim Overfield

July 2024 - Blue Flag Iris

July 2024 - Jim Overfield


About the Image(s)

While walking the shoreline early one morning at a nearby lake, I saw a group of Iris’s in the water near the shore. With no close access to take close-up photo’s, I found small openings in nearby shrubs and took several photos through these openings focusing on a single Iris with the water as the background. I made a few subtle post-processing changes in lightroom but spent some time trying to decide the best crop option using lightrooms crop overlays. The original image is quite busy with lots of distractions making my choice a challenging one, but ultimately decided on the Golden Spiral. I welcome group members feedback and suggestions, particularly with a recommendation for any of the other Lightrooms crop overlay options.

4 comments posted

Sylvia Williams   Sylvia Williams
I love this dreamy photo! I think it is amazing that you were able to get the blue of the water directly behind the iris bloom! I did download the original - which I also enjoy that crop. I could not come up with a better crop
  Posted: 07/07/2024 16:41:52

Jim Overfield   Jim Overfield
Thank you for the effort Sylvia. Water background was the easy part, finding an opening in the bushes with a clear shot of the iris bloom was the challenge. I forgot to include my camera data in my statement; full frame camera body, hand held 400mm, 1/2000 sec, f/6.3, ISO 1600, shutter priority and partial metering.   Posted: 07/09/2024 08:18:25

Sabine Nehls   Sabine Nehls
Jim, First of all I love the wonderful morning mood you captured! The combination of sharpness and blur is very well done and enhances the atmosphere. Definitely the light intensifies the color of the iris, it is the focal point, even it is not in the center.
You asked for suggestions on how to crop the photo. I tried a square, but it looks boring, too normal.
Maybe that`s worth considering. I chose the 20x30 format and cut off a bit on the right and bottom.
This results in an immediately recognizable triangle, starting with the flower on the right, continuing with the Blue Flag Iris and ending with the closed flower on the left. The triangle composition with the tip pointing upwards brings calm into the picture. You have certainly already seen this when photographing the iris.
A successful, well-composed image.
  Posted: 07/09/2024 09:24:22
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Jim Overfield   Jim Overfield
Thank you Sabine for your work. In all honesty, I liked your crop of my original the moment I saw it. Your reasoning for a different crop makes so much more sense to me and I wonder why I didn't see it during my initial post-processing. It's always so interesting to me to see a different perspective from the same image that can turn into a learning experience. I spent a lot of time deciding the crop I used, but I think revisiting an image later on after post processing is completed, might help me to identify possible improvements. Thanks again Sabine.   Posted: 07/09/2024 14:21:19


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