Hazel Price  


Three Leaves by Hazel Price

July 2021 - Three Leaves

About the Image(s)

This month I have gone for simplicity. I have been out and about looking for insects and butterflies and these dock leaves caught my eye. They have been eaten by the larvae of insects but I don't know which ones. I tried arranging them on my light box and this simple arrangement seemed the most appealing. I experimented with various textures to make the background more interesting but nothing really worked as the holes in the leaves always showed through. The white worked best in the end so I just put a key line in green around the whole image.


20 comments posted




Joan Field   Joan Field
Hazel,
Pictorilly, I love this image. Interesting and good composition. However, I don 't think it is very strong creatively. Maybe some crazy background. Or the leaves swirling in some water source wold help.
I'm glad you got your image in before my absolute deadline.
  Posted: 07/12/2021 12:35:20
Hazel Price   Hazel Price
I put it into PS and clicked on Filters/ Solarize and this came up. What do you think?   Posted: 07/12/2021 15:07:07
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Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Hazel, On balance, I think I prefer this low-key version with the black background to the high-key version with the white background. The white key line around the image is important to define the boundaries. Three is a compositionally strong number which creates a visual triangle of interest. Well done.   Posted: 07/13/2021 15:18:34



Joan Field   Joan Field
Hazel,
Pictorially, I love this image. Interesting and good composition. However, I don 't think it is very strong creatively. Maybe some crazy background. Or the leaves swirling in some water source wold help.
I'm glad you got your image in before my absolute deadline.
  Posted: 07/12/2021 12:36:14
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Joan, I agree with you, and think the posterization works for Hazel's image. I took your version and made two different versions. One was used in this reply, and the other in my comment.   Posted: 07/12/2021 17:53:00
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Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Hazel, Welcome to the group. I really like the concept of your image. I see it as a Wabi-Sabi. I agree with Joan about the white background. To give you an idea of some possibilities, I played in PS and substituted one of my home-made backgrounds, (An extreme crop of a sky at sunrise, enlarged about 15 times to get grainy pixels.) I then made some selective adjustments to the leaves.   Posted: 07/12/2021 17:33:51
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Hazel Price   Hazel Price
Hi Peter, I like your version better than the black which is a bit heavy. nice idea to pixelate the background image which makes it less dense.   Posted: 07/13/2021 07:58:32



Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Hazel, I like the simplicity of your image and sometimes simple is best. The holes in the dock leaves adds to the visual story. I hope you don't mind but I have tried a few simple iterations. The first one is a simple rotation clockwise and than a flip vertically. In the end result, I could see a Paddington Bear figure with a flat cap and a scarf around his neck.   Posted: 07/13/2021 15:57:01
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Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Hazel, In the second version I added the Oil Paint Filter effect.   Posted: 07/13/2021 15:59:02
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Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Hazel, In the third version I used the low-key black background and Solarised the image, similar to your version above but rotated/flipped.   Posted: 07/13/2021 16:00:20
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Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Hazel, another version for you where I have increased the canvas size 200% horizontally, duplicated the layer, flipped it vertically, selected the three leaves, imported them into the other layer, flattened the image, stroked a one pixel white line around the image, added radial zoom blur and finally increased the image size vertically to 200%.   Posted: 07/13/2021 16:27:08
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Hazel Price   Hazel Price
Very imaginative Brian. All it needs now are feelers and a body. Thanks for taking so much trouble to develop my image. I need to work on my post processing skills.
  Posted: 07/15/2021 03:57:23



Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Hazel, Once I start playing, I find it difficult to stop. In this latest iteration below, I have Inverted the image, applied some Sharpening, then Brushed in some Scattered sycamore leaves.   Posted: 07/15/2021 10:35:40
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Hazel Price   Hazel Price
  Posted: 07/15/2021 11:11:45
Hazel Price   Hazel Price
The possibilities seem endless but I have the ironing to do !!!   Posted: 07/15/2021 11:12:49
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Brian, That happened to me, not long ago. I started working on an image at about 9:30 A.M. I was so involved with permutations that all sense of time was lost. I felt a bit hungry and went for a snack. It was 11:00 P.M.   Posted: 07/16/2021 15:38:29
Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Peter, I cannot match that. The notion of digital imaging for thirteen and a half hours is mind boggling.   Posted: 07/17/2021 15:23:47
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
When I get involved with something, I tend concentrate intensely. My record is at a poker table in Vegas: 18 hrs. (Yes I was winning, and took it home.)   Posted: 07/17/2021 18:24:06
Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Peter, W O W !!!   Posted: 07/23/2021 05:42:14
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
It should be made clear that I took short breaks for necessities.   Posted: 07/23/2021 18:53:21



 

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