Hazel Price  

Helebore  Circle by Hazel Price

June 2022 - Helebore Circle

June 2022 - Hazel Price


About the Image(s)

Here is my image for June. As you know I am fond of photographing flowers. I had some called Helebores in the garden which are quite photogenic but always droop down so are difficult to photograph. A friend suggested that I pick the blooms and float them on water so I did this and came up with the attached image. I used a texture over the images and brushed away most of it from the flowers. The biggest problem was cloning out the bits of water between the flowers. I have sent two versions of the image. One has a lot more texture left on it which makes it more muted and dreamy looking. I prefer this but think that the judges would be critical that it is not sharp. I wonder what the group think abouit it?

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

Joan Field   Joan Field
Very appealing, good angle. The sharper image is more pleasing to me, maybe because the flowers really stand out. Great placement in the frame. Looking at your original, I think the reason I like it better is that white burst around it which its it off from the background more that you final produce. Nice work, in any case.   Posted: 06/09/2022 18:37:46
Hazel Price   Hazel Price
Thankyou for your comment Joan. I think you are right as he flowers do stand out more on the first image. Looking at them again I think the colours are better too.   Posted: 06/10/2022 05:01:42

Skip Kremer   Skip Kremer
Hi. Very nice. I have found that this type of image, with blurred backgrounds, do very well in competitions. The blurring helps isolate the subject. Did you use a texture, the smudge tool, or some other method?   Posted: 06/13/2022 22:56:08
Hazel Price   Hazel Price
Yes Skip I used two textures. One of them was a burst.I also used a brush to add some splodges of the pinky colour on the one that Joan has labelled the Original.
  Posted: 06/14/2022 03:37:46

Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Hazel, Many of us would pick a bunch of flowers, stick it in a vase and photograph it in situ but not you. Your choice to float the flowers in water is masterly and one that I have not seen before. Normally, I am a fan of soft-focus, low opacity and anything blurred but this hasn't quite worked for me. I love your Original but it seems that you have lost some of the romance and magic in the transition to your submitted image. Overall, I love the blurred background and the colour palette which works well. However, I wanted to see slightly more sharpness in the central part of the bunch of flowers, which you have in the Original.   Posted: 06/21/2022 04:03:15
Hazel Price   Hazel Price
Thanks for your comments Brian. In actual fact I sent in two versions of the same image not an 'original and final version. The one labelled Original has had more work done on it with textures but I was experimenting a bit with a variety of colours and leaving the blue one a bit more blurry. I just wondered which was the most successful. I think everyone's comments have been in favour of the one with the sharpness in the flowers.. so thanks for reinforcing that.   Posted: 06/21/2022 09:37:13

Mike Fernandez
15 flowers, unconventional, but very elegant. The color seems to blend well.
The blend of the texture gave a soft pint tone to the flowers, well done.
Just to be picky there are 2 1/2 dots in the top flowers. I would tossed them.

  Posted: 06/21/2022 19:00:38
Hazel Price   Hazel Price
Awww thanks Mike. I see them. I will go toss them now.   Posted: 06/22/2022 03:22:16