Allen Tucker  

IRIS by Allen Tucker

May 2022 - IRIS

May 2022 - Allen Tucker


About the Image(s)

A very old farm nearby now grows only iris - but many hundreds of varieties. Each fall I stick a dozen bulbs in the ground, lose the labels, forget where, and we are pleasantly surprised in the spring. The day this blossom opened a thin overcast gave beautiful soft light at sunset and I captured these deep red and bright orange colors agains a green background. (Fuji X-S10 with Laowa 65mm lens) Working on the color version (Original 1) I came to appreciate the shapes of and patterns in the petals so added a B&W version to the library. Processed in Lightroom: increased global contrast with blacks and whites sliders, small increases to clarity and texture, small boost to orange and pull back on red in B&W panel, darkened the corners with negative exposure on inverted radial gradient. Suggestions?

4 comments posted

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
A very nice image. The conversion from color is great. In my alternative I increased the contrast slightly.   Posted: 05/06/2022 14:04:40
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Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
I spent lots of time trying different contrast levels, many work well.   Posted: 05/06/2022 16:23:06

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
One of my favorite subjects. I don't think to shoot these in monochrome, but I can see that I'm going to have change that. Very nice. I think I lean more toward Jim's more contrasty version as it really brings out the veins though I would tone it down a bit in the edges of the petals.   Posted: 05/18/2022 12:33:02

Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
You captured the subject and converted it to B&W well, Allen, but I think Henry's comments are the same as mine, except I would add a slightly heavier vignette and maybe a graduated filter coming in from the upper right to emphasize the subject.

  Posted: 05/23/2022 15:59:18


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