Rick Finney, APSA  

Glorious Pink Dahlia by Rick Finney, APSA

September 2021 - Glorious Pink Dahlia

About the Image(s)

On the iPhone there is a portrait mode which one can use on flower portraits. It has the inherent ability to perform a Bokeh effect of slightly rendering the background out of focus. So, for that effect I let Apple do the work. Then I took the image into Luminar and increased the intensity and structure of the image. Lastly imported the image into PS and did the multicolored stroke around the picture.

6 comments posted

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
Good job! a very nice image. My only suggestion would be to crop a little from the top and bottom of the image(this would bring the flower closer.) I would also remove the color border, as your eye goes to that, then the flower. If you use a fine white border (3pix) around your flower ,it would bring your eye into the flower.   Posted: 09/09/2021 14:03:44
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Billy Sinclair   Billy Sinclair
Hi Rick,
The flower is beautiful. I like the color and great depth of field, the petals are sharp from tip to base. This is a good contrast with the soft background and my eye is drawn to the center of the flower. The flower is in the center of the image, but it works because it fills so much of the frame. Good job   Posted: 09/12/2021 14:05:38

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi Rick! Here is the essence of a dahlia! The flower comes out almost three-dimensional from the background, and the way the subtle yellow tones in the petals in the center blend into the multiple shades of pink is so beautiful. - I would also vote for a more square crop.   Posted: 09/12/2021 15:17:04

Joan Field   Joan Field
I think your camera is doing a lot of work, which is great. However, in this case, I love the dahlia, but not the background. Despite the bokeh caused by the iPhone, I would prefer the flower itself to be in the frame with almost no background. There are a lot of bright spots that I find distractingly. I am impressed with the flower itself with its sharpness an color impact. I would crop it a lot more and darken the background a bit. Here is an example of what I am suggesting attached.   Posted: 09/13/2021 12:47:54
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Joan Field   Joan Field
I would keep your frame, but because of my cropping I was not able to do so.   Posted: 09/13/2021 12:48:28

Jeri Conklin   Jeri Conklin
Rick, I love your flower, so much definition and the colors are so calming. I like it as Joan did it with the black behind it so it stands out on its own. Thank you for sharing.
  Posted: 09/13/2021 14:02:24


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