Belinda Hudnall Keller  

Green by Belinda Hudnall Keller

July 2021 - Green

July 2021 - Belinda Hudnall Keller


July 2021 - Belinda Hudnall Keller

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About the Image(s)

This was taken in 2019 which feels like an eternity ago. I thought it was taken with my Lumix but it was not. I've gone back-and-forth on it. I liked the dark green version but there is alot of negative space. Looking at it now, I think it should be re-cropped. I liked the BW because it seemed to hide some flaws. I don't like the left leaf even after edits.

Samsung Galaxy s9, auto, f/2.4, 1/50, ISO 200
Snapseed: Cropped; Healing tool removed distracting background areas and to removed bright water spots; Tune Image tools: reduced brightness, increased saturation, ambience adjusted/increased; Vignette

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8 comments posted

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
I like both versions, but when it comes to tones and textures, I like the mono version better. One thing I noticed is the leaves, especially the left side and top, have a lot of blue in them. I don't know if that is intentional and actually the spectrum that the plant shows. The leaf that bothers me the most is the top left, as the brightness leads me away from the focus point. (Both the top and bottom leaves have lines pointing to the center leaf.) I selected the two side leaves and put more green back in, and also tapered the darkness in the corner so that the eye stays drawn in.I also think that for balance, we should just see a hint of lines in the shadows on the bottom leaf to match the top right. (I did that in my example, but since I did not have a higher res original, doing that was limiting for me.)   Posted: 07/05/2021 16:11:20
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Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Thank you. I like your version and suggestions. When I resized, I noticed I lost detail (lines) in the bottom leaf and top one to right. Tried to get it back by but couldn't. The color is too blue, but it was a "blue" hosta. I might be able to correct that. I'm never sure of my BW images, but I lean toward liking this one better than the color.   Posted: 07/11/2021 13:00:32

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
I prefer the black and white version where your tonal values are excellent. But you need to open up the shadows in the bottom leaf - I can see some detail there in the color version which you have lost in the black and white.   Posted: 07/09/2021 10:48:07
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Thanks, I lost details when I resized. I tried to get them back but it didn't work. I'm leaning more toward liking the BW.   Posted: 07/11/2021 13:03:26

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
I like the composition as it is (no need to crop), although I would recover the tones of the bottom and top-right leaves. I prefer the B&W version, not only because the color one has some strange tones, but because it's more powerful.   Posted: 07/09/2021 19:48:01
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Thank you, I think I lost detail (lines) when I resized. I tried to restore them but couldn't. It was a "blue" hosta, but, still, the colors are too strong. I'm liking the BW more.   Posted: 07/11/2021 13:10:25

Anges van der Logt   Anges van der Logt
I like the color version, and actually like the "corrected" version of Bob more, but I think that comes back to personal preference.   Posted: 07/13/2021 04:40:56

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
To me the B&W version is more appealing, may be because I could appreciate more of the lines and curves of the leaves. I like to see more textures from the leaf at the bottom that you have darkened.   Posted: 07/30/2021 11:09:24