Darcy Johnson  

Summer's Snowball by Darcy Johnson

July 2021 - Summer's Snowball

About the Image(s)

The Common Snowball Bush or Viburnum Opulus 'Roseum' can grow up to 15 feet tall and is known for its full white pom-pom blooms and vibrant green foliage. The flowers emerge colored a striking lime-green in late spring and gradually turn to snowy-white retaining their color well into summer. Because it is adaptable to different soil types and is drought tolerant, it was a great addition to our garden.

ISO 400, 24mm, f4.5, 1/100 sec.

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12 comments posted

Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Wow, Difficult subject handled well, not easy to capture this without blowing out some of the highlights. While it's a well handled image, might I suggest a rotation to place the main subject on the top right corner and addressing the in focus green leafs, desaturate or cropping. My suggestion in the attached   Posted: 07/04/2021 18:25:25
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Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Hi Tom - The botanical artist in me wants to present these kinds of images as you would see them in nature. Even in a vase, these blooms are typically so heavy they don't stand upright. So I would have never entertained the idea of rotating the image as you've presented it. As well, my leaning is to crop tight . . . normally. In this instance, I tried cropping the photo but felt like I lost some depth that I liked in the image. I always thought art fundamentals would transfer to photography. I'm learning that's not always the case. Thanks for your perspective and kind comments about technical efforts.   Posted: 07/04/2021 19:02:18

Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Hi Darcy,
I think this was a well executed image capture. I also think Tom's suggestion is an interesting alternative.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 07/06/2021 23:35:39
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Hi Greg - I agree with you. Tom seems to have a flair for seeing possible alternatives and suggesting changes that I may not have considered. Quite helpful and often super easy to implement. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Best -   Posted: 07/07/2021 00:09:38

Xiao Cai   Xiao Cai
Interesting flowers! You did very well. I like the focus, very clear and sharp. Because the lighting is not good, probably you need to increase the contrast to make the high light more white; also need to increase vibrance and saturation to make the color pop.   Posted: 07/09/2021 09:32:59
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Thanks Xiao - I'll turn it up a notch on contrast and vibrance and see how that impacts the image.   Posted: 07/09/2021 09:38:36

Ingrid Lockhart   Ingrid Lockhart
Hi Darcy. I love this flower and like the composition you have chosen with the two leaves and other blooms above the main bloom and slightly in less focus. The detail of the subject flower is well-captured and very well exposed. I might try to add a little bit of the texture slider to the main bloom just to see what additional detail it might bring up. The only other thing that I might try would be to lower the brightness on the out of focus white blooms at the bottom because I find them a bit distracting. All in all, though, a beautiful capture of a great flower.   Posted: 07/14/2021 15:44:51
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Thanks Ingrid - I'll give the texture slider a try. Best -   Posted: 07/19/2021 12:42:03

Karen Davis   Karen Davis
Beautiful capture! Focus is sharp and falls off to the other leaves and blossoms to keep OUR focus on the star of the show. I agree with your presentation to keep it true to it's botanical appearance. I appreciate Tom's artistic eye, but it just seems unnatural for the bloom to stand up like that.
Great job!
Karen   Posted: 07/19/2021 10:44:29
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Hi Karen - I appreciate the kind comments and support! Best -   Posted: 07/19/2021 12:50:53

Syed Shakhawat Kamal   Syed Shakhawat Kamal
Hi Darcy
Hope everything is fine with you. My apologies for unintentional delay giving critic.
You have done a lovely work. I just played with the image a bit in Photoshop CS6.
Please check this out as attached.
Syed Kamal.

  Posted: 07/21/2021 04:26:19
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Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Hi Syed - I like what you've done with processing . . . I still prefer the flower presented in its natural form. Thanks for commenting and spending time with my image.   Posted: 07/21/2021 09:33:03