Jim Bodkin, APSA, PPSA  

Rosette Succulents by Jim Bodkin, APSA, PPSA

July 2024 - Rosette Succulents

July 2024 - Jim Bodkin, APSA, PPSA


About the Image(s)

I enjoy the varied shapes and textures of the succulent family. One of my favorites is rosette shaped Encheveria species which comes in many variations and is so different from other cacti.

I captured this at the Chicago Botanic Gardens greenhouse with a Canon 40D and a Tamron 28-300mm lens at 167mm, 1/60 sec, f/14 and ISO 400, handheld.

The image was processed in LR for normal exposure and cropping, then converted to B&W within LR and a vignette added to hide the superfluous detail. I used texture and clarity to enhance the surface texture.

3 comments posted

Christian Serre   Christian Serre
Jim, I would consider photoshopping the stalk out to preserve the beautiful rosette symmetry and maybe doing just a few small spot retouches.   Posted: 07/07/2024 19:27:56
Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
You are right, Christian, since this is a PID site. I am basically a nature photographer, where such modifications are not allowed, so I forget. Also, by not doing it, I keep my entire catalog intact for nature, so I don't accidentally send in a PID corrected image to a Nature competition.

You are correct, that would improve the image. Thanks for your insight.

  Posted: 07/07/2024 22:09:43
Christian Serre   Christian Serre
I see where you are coming from. Nature photography is very demanding.   Posted: 07/07/2024 23:45:18


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