Judith Ponti-Sgargi  

Water Lily by Judith Ponti-Sgargi

July 2021 - Water Lily

About the Image(s)

Settings: F10, 1/320 sec, 300 mm, ISO 200, Nikon D7200, 18-300 mm lens

Tripod with a remote June 25, 10:37 a.m.

1. LR Global edits
2. PS color corrected with Blake Rudis Action
3. Intensify mid tones with Blake Rudis Action
4. Selected flower and applied a brightness contrast layer and reduced brightness and contrast
5. Clear pixel dodge burn layer soft light and burned some petals to create dimension
6. Gradient map 10 % opacity and soft light to create contrast
7. PS BW adjustment layer
8. Sharpened with Topaz AI and applied to lily and leaves only

I photographed this lily in the pond in my backyard under opaque light. Two days prior, I photographed it in bright light and the light was overwhelming making it difficult to get details in the flower. This month I studied monochrome for a course I took and did this image. It is not a good example of minimalism but after one month of monochrome, I could not create one more monochrome image.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
10 comments posted

Timothy Morton   Timothy Morton
Love how Lilly is so clear that I almost can go out touch it with the water have a slight grey touch allows us to realize what it is. Keep up the fine work.   Posted: 07/10/2021 03:30:02

Paul Swepston   Paul Swepston
Damn, I wish I had thought about my water lillies rather than driving around looking for a dam. Great image.   Posted: 07/10/2021 14:39:19

Wendy Stanford   Wendy Stanford
Hi Judith, a lovely image of the single water lily, suits the B&W conversion very well, you have been able to maintain structure in the petals, good DOF and sharp through to the stamen, being a little picky, not sure what the reflection is in the top left and the bit of leaf on the left corner could go, the water on the leaves adds nicely to the composition.   Posted: 07/17/2021 22:56:50

Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

Good for you for spotting the bubble. You are not picky. I am taking the PSA competitive images course and left in three bubbles on the image I sent to my instructor. That image also had a fish and my intent was to capture the symbiotic relationship of nature as the pond with its roots was a hiding place for the fish and the fish appeared in the right place. He told me to remove the bubble.

I was in DDG 83 monochrome for two years and last month did the lesson on monochrome for the PSA course. Therefore, I have had to learn some advanced techniques of selections and compare two or three different ways of creating a monochrome conversion i.e. Silver Effex, the PS BW adjustment layer, calculations, gradient map, the HSL adjustmet layer. That was the reason for my comments on your image and the other members image. Your image had good composition and I made suggestions, even if extreme, to refine it.

Monochrome minimalism was such a good topic to work with this month.   Posted: 07/18/2021 13:19:16
Wendy Stanford   Wendy Stanford
Judith, I did look up Blake Rudis, very interesting, I hadn't come across him before, hopefully a wet weekend I'll be able to look at more of his work.   Posted: 07/19/2021 07:13:31
Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

I bought his course on Game of Tones which was discounted last week. It is well worth buying it. It totally changed how I looked at editing an image.   Posted: 07/19/2021 11:25:54

Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi
  Posted: 07/18/2021 13:19:18

Barbara Dunn   Barbara Dunn
Beautiful darks and lights, and a range of tones. Effective framing of the lily by the leaves, and great detail on both. I agree with removing the bubble, it pulls our eye away from the main subject.   Posted: 07/18/2021 17:45:56

Steven Wharram   Steven Wharram
A good composition and range of blacks and greys and whites. Personally, I like the bubble as it breaks up the dark patch of water and gives a secondary focus when you're moving around the image. The image is split, diagonally, giving an area of leaves and and area of water.   Posted: 07/19/2021 11:25:43

Fat Chen   Fat Chen
It is a good composition with minimal water lily. The b/w processing is further minimized overall image!   Posted: 07/19/2021 23:28:44