Al Swanson  

Untitled by Al Swanson

April 2021 - Untitled

April 2021 - Al Swanson


About the Image(s)

When the snow starts to fly and I get housebound, I sometimes decide I need to have a shutter release and turn to still life to keep my trigger finger active. Anyway, a while ago I purchased some flowers for my wife and decided I needed some activity. So I shot these and turned my computer to see what I could make of them. I chose this particular frame because I could crop a selection of flowers into a frame. After I cropped them and adjusted the light levels, I turned to Studio2 to manipulate some other features. I intentionally cropped the left side of the image a little short because if I had included the entire Tulip it would have opened up the bottom too much. Anyway, after cropping I adjusted the texture with the filters in studio 2 and adjusted the contrast and detail. I wanted a soft looking image so I use the smudge filter to blur a bit of the sharpness. Then I returned to Photoshop and enhanced the contrast and saturation. This is what I came up with.

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

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
What I like best about this image is how your cropped it. By focusing on the three tulips on the left, you arranged them so that they lead directly into the image and to the pretty purple flowers in the background. This resulted in a very nice composition.   Posted: 04/02/2021 08:25:43

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Nice combination of colors -- the purple at the top right, the soft pink descending middle flowers and even the subdued green at the bottom left form a kind of Z line for the eye to follow. As well, the purple and green colors act as a frame for the pink. Good eye!   Posted: 04/11/2021 19:46:48

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I agree with Jerry and Mike about the arrangement. Nice crop. I'm not sure I like the softening effect though it is interesting. Good take on the original though.   Posted: 04/11/2021 21:18:32

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
I also agree and compliment you on your creative cropping Al. I love the colors, but I suggest either eliminating the little red tulip or keeping all of it. I would also remove the leaf at the bottom left that leads the eye out of the picture. If you want to fill in the negative space in the lower left, you can clone in one of the leaves.
  Posted: 04/12/2021 12:54:16

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
I like the crop and what you did with the smudge filter. I agree with Joe about that red tulip - clone it out. It's a distraction. Very pretty though - spring!
  Posted: 04/17/2021 14:09:44

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
The crop works well as it provides leading lines from the stems all the way back to the purple flowers. I feel the softness takes away from the image. I'd like to see it sharp. I agree with Joe on removing the leaf at the bottom and red flower at the top. Fun creativity!   Posted: 04/29/2021 08:14:22